WEATHER »
Santa Barbara City Fire Department Medical Director Jason Prystowsky, Santa Barbara City Fire Chief Pat McElroy, and Lauren Prystowsky at the Santa Barbara Firefighters Alliance's Fire Ball.

Gail Arnold

Santa Barbara City Fire Department Medical Director Jason Prystowsky, Santa Barbara City Fire Chief Pat McElroy, and Lauren Prystowsky at the Santa Barbara Firefighters Alliance's Fire Ball.


Society Matters: Year in Pictures

More Than 100 Events Covered in 2018


In the past year, Society Matters has covered more than 100 events, mostly those held by Santa Barbara-based nonprofits. We hope you’ve enjoyed the stories, which seek to capture the spirit and content of each event in words and pics, as well as provide in-depth information about the valuable work the nonprofits do in our community.

If viewing this from a mobile device, click “Desktop site” to view the pics.

By Gail Arnold

Father Larry Gosselin and Beverley Jackson at Catholic Charities’ Mistletoe Ball.

By Gail Arnold

Event Committee Member Peggy Shoemaker, Volunteer Bryant Shoemaker, Event founder and Event Chair Danyel Dean, and Event Committee Member Nancy Krug at Foodbank Santa Barbara County’s Empty Bowls event.

By Gail Arnold

Gretchen Lieff and Kathy Griffin at Granada Theatre’s Premier Patron Society’s reception.

By Gail Arnold

Event Co-chairs Holly Murphy, Diana MacFarlane, Susan Neuman, and Betsy Turner at the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse’s (CADA) Amethyst Ball.

By Gail Arnold

Boardmembers Solomon Ndung’u, Marco Silva (Chair), and Alan Rose at the Pacific Pride Foundation’s Royal Ball.

By Gail Arnold

Maria Wilson (as Ganna Walska) and Monte Wilson at Lotusland Celebrates.

By Gail Arnold

Event Co-chairs Maurice Singer and Hyon Chough with President and CEO Scott Reed at Music Academy of the West’s 70th Anniversary Gala.

By Gail Arnold

Man of the Year Jon Clark and Woman of the Year Janet Garufis at the Santa Barbara Foundation’s event.

By Gail Arnold

Police Chief Lori Luhnow, Greg Huron, and Santa Barbara Police Foundation (SBPF) President Pam Geremia at.SBPF’s Fun with the Force event.

By Gail Arnold

Marcia Reed, Peter Noone, and Executive Director Tom Reed at Unity Shoppe’s Peter Noone Concert.

By Gail Arnold

Gloria Steinem, Executive Director Celesta Billeci (back row), Event Sponsor Sara Miller McCune, and former Congressmember Lois Capps at UCSB Arts & Lectures dinner with Gloria Steinem.

By Gail Arnold

Santa Barbara City Fire Department Medical Director Jason Prystowsky, Santa Barbara City Fire Chief Pat McElroy, and Lauren Prystowsky at the Santa Barbara Firefighters Alliance’s Fire Ball.

To submit a comment on this article, email letters@independent.com or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email tips@independent.com.



Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Lawmakers Move to Impede Offshore Oil Leases

A pair of bills aim to counter the federal government's new push for production.

More Money Available for Santa Barbara County’s Disaster Victims

The United Way is giving to Santa Barbara nonprofits and offering direct cash grants.

Santa Barbara’s Commuter Train Brings Solid Ridership and Timely Service

The first two weeks of service have seen a daily average topping 180 riders.

Animal Care for New Cuyama

County Animal Services will host free and discount pet services on April 22.

Goleta’s Library Is Seeking Volunteers

As it separates from Santa Barbara, help needed to change barcodes.