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Sue Trescher Leaves $1 Million to Domestic Violence Solutions

Harvard Grad’s Gift Will Provide Organization Funding Stability


Thursday, June 13, 2013
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Santa Barbara resident Susan Trescher left over $1 million to the Domestic Violence Solutions of Santa Barbara County upon her death last year. Her donation is the largest in the organization’s 37-year history.

Trescher’s gift will go into the Domestic Violence Solutions endowment fund at the Santa Barbara Foundation, said foundation spokesperson Jessica Tade. This permanent fund gives the organization yearly income while being professionally managed by the foundation to ensure the fund remains strong over time. With the new gift, the fund will continue to grow, providing essential stability and ensuring Domestic Violence Solutions’ ability to deliver core services even in challenging economic times, Tade went on.

Trescher graduated from Harvard Law School as a member of the third graduating class that included women. After working in the field of copyright law for Columbia Pictures, Trescher continued her law career as a legal consultant, research attorney, and private attorney in Los Angeles and Berkeley, said Tade.

Trescher worked as an attorney with Santa Barbara County Counsel upon her arrival here in 1964. She also helped craft some of Santa Barbara’s development policies and regulations. In 1998, Trescher was honored with the Attorney of the Year from the Santa Barbara Women Lawyers group.

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What a wonderful gift to a very deserving organization!
Thank you Ms. Trescher!

elaz (anonymous profile)
June 14, 2013 at 12:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Sue Trescher was a wonderful person and an excellent attorney. She headed the County Councils Office for many years. The County was and is much the better for her work. She was responsible for forcing Chevron to build the Vista Del Mar School District the fine new school it enjoys at Las Cruces. She is missed.

dontoasthecoast (anonymous profile)
June 17, 2013 at 9:28 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Thank you, Susan.

Police report chronically the same issues over and over again: gangs; vagrants; drugs; alcohol; and domestic violence.

May your gift find a better tomorrow.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
June 17, 2013 at 11:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I am an attorney who first met Sue Trescher more than 30 years ago. She was a good attorney. I saw and benefited from her important work which improved the quality of life in Santa Barbara. I never opposed her in court, but I frequently sought her wise advice and insights.

I never knew her charitable side, but this was a thoughtful and wonderful gift.

Thank you Sue!!!!

Independent (anonymous profile)
June 18, 2013 at 10:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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