Santa Barbara County, CA, March 25, 2014— The annual Man and Woman of the Year Award,
sponsored by the Santa Ynez Valley Foundation and the Santa Ynez Valley News, includes
recognition of additional individuals who have made a significant impact in the area of health and
human services, senior citizens, youth, education, and cultural activities. Rona Barrett is being
honored for her many contributions to the senior population both locally and beyond.
“Rona Barrett has worked tirelessly with her Foundation to provide support, care and advocacy
for low-income seniors,” said Anne Christensen, Santa Ynez Valley Foundation. “Locally, she
has raised awareness and funds to build the Golden Inn and Village in Santa Ynez to care for
those seniors in need. This has been a long-term project of Rona and her Foundation. They have
purchased property, and with the support of the Santa Barbara Housing Commission and local
citizens, her dream will likely become a reality. There are many local seniors who need help and
Rona Barrett is well on her way to providing this help. For this, she is deserving of a Woman of the
Year Award for “seniors,” said Christensen.
A Selection Committee is then convened, consisting of former Men and Women of the Year, the
SVY Foundation Board members and representatives of the SYV News. In total confidentiality, they
evaluate the nominations, and select the final honorees.
“I’m delighted when the important work of the Rona Barrett Foundation can be highlighted,” said
Barrett. “The Golden Inn & Village will provide care and services at every level and will hopefully
become a model at the national level bringing positive attention to both our Foundation and the Santa
The Foundation is not a “grant giving” organization, but a public charitable organization that looks
for ways to solve the crisis of housing and caring for our aging population. The Golden Inn &
Village is a model that can be replicated throughout our State and other communities in the country.
About the Rona Barrett Foundation
The Rona Barrett Foundation, a non-profit organization, seeks to provide a solution to affordable
housing and supportive services for seniors in need with the development of The Golden Inn &
Village, where seniors may access a variety of care that meets their needs as they age in place.