PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Originally published 7:05 p.m., May 13, 2014 Updated 7:05 p.m., May 13, 2014

United Way of Santa Barbara County Hosts 91st Annual Awards Celebration on May 7th.

Awards Honor Outstanding Efforts Individuals and Organizations of the Santa Barbara Community

United Way of Santa Barbara County hosted its 91st Annual Awards Celebration at the Four Seasons Biltmore Resort in Montecito on Wednesday, May 7th.

Santa Barbara, CA, May 8, 2014—United Way of Santa Barbara County hosted its 91st Annual Awards Celebration at the Four Seasons Biltmore Resort in Montecito on Wednesday, May 7th. This annual dinner recognized local organizations and individuals for contributing to the community and United Way activities, such as: Fun in the Sun, United for Literacy and the Financial Empowerment Partnership.

A total of 25 awards were given to those who have played an instrumental role in the success of UWSBC’s 2014 campaign. Awards were given to local volunteers, as well as businesses, schools, organizations and the individuals that lead them for their outstanding support of UWSBC and its numerous programs. There event began with a reception in the Loggia Ballroom at the Four Seasons Biltmore beginning at 6 p.m., followed by the main celebration at 7 p.m. The night included dinner, music, dancing, and the focal point of the evening: the awards ceremony.

“These award recipients represent what is best about our community,” said Paul Didier, CEO and President of United Way of Santa Barbara County. “It’s amazing what individuals and organizations can achieve when their energies or focused on a common good by creating opportunities and empowering others.”

This year’s award winners are:

2013/14 Annual Award Winners

1 Outstanding Leadership Workplace

Cottage Health System

2 Outstanding Division Award Education

Westmont College

3 Outstanding Division Award Public

Goleta Sanitary District

4 Outstanding Division Award High Tech

ATK Aerospace

5 Outstanding Division Award Business


6 Outstanding Division Award Finance

Community West Bank

7 Outstanding Division Award Non-Profit

Casa Dorinda

8 Outstanding Division Award Health


9 Outstanding Division Award Professionals

MacFarlane, Faletti & Co.


Most Outstanding Employee and Corporate Campaign



Outstanding Fun in the Sun Individual of the Year

John Daly


Outstanding Fun in the Sun Organization of the Year

Music Academy


United for Health Partner of the Year

American Indian Health & Services


Financial Empowerment Individual of the Year

Frank Quezada


Financial Empowerment Organization of the Year



United For Literacy Individual of the Year

Mike Nissenson


United For Literacy Organization of the Year

Franklin Elementary


Community Impact Individual of the Year

John Hanna


Community Impact Organization of the Year

Cottage Health System


Day of Caring Individual of the Year

Larry Urzua


Young Leader of the Year

Alex Koper


Largest Overall Campaign

County of Santa Barbara


Outstanding Employee Campaign Manager 1-100 Employees

Roberta Issaris, GE


Outstanding Employee Campaign Manager 100-250 Employees

Montecito Bank & Trust Committee


Outstanding Employee Campaign Manager More than 250 Employees

Lisa Lopez, SBCC

The event was made possible partially by the Biltmore’s, Sanford Winery’s and Floral Ambiance’s generous sponsorships.

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