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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, October 19, 2015

SBCPA Congratulates Kristi Newton on move to United Boys & Girls Clubs

The Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts Congratulates Kristi Newton on move to

United Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara, CA. October, 2015 –– The Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts (SBCPA) and The United Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County are pleased to announce that Kristi Newton, formerly Director of Development of the SBCPA, has joined The United Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County as Vice President of Advancement. The SBCPA is committed in all ways to enriching the community, including supporting key personnel in moving on for greater good.
“We at the SBCPA wish Kristi all the best in her new role and are very grateful for her dedication as a tireless advocate for the SBCPA and The Granada Theatre over the last three and a half years,” said Craig Springer, the SBCPA’s Chrisman Executive Director. “The SBCPA is in a better place than it was four years ago in large measure because of Kristi’s work on our behalf in the community. We will miss her, but look forward to seeing all the great work she will be doing with The United Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County.”
For nearly four years, Kristi Newton was instrumental in not only dramatic growth in annual giving, but also the establishment of highly engaging and personalized donor relations and community outreach programs that have fostered higher levels of community involvement and ownership. Under her leadership, Kristi played a fundamental role in dramatically increasing Annual Fund contributions and the number of donors. Based on Kristi’s significant contribution, the SBCPA is well positioned for future success.
“The opportunity with The United Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County is unique and timely for me,” said Kristi Newton. “It aligns fully with my commitment to family and with my passion for supporting the success of our community’s youth. Having said that, I am incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished over the last 3 ½ years and will always be an enthusiastic advocate for the Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts.”
The United Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County is a non-profit organization that provides a safe, positive and enriching environment for youth between the ages of 5-18. Currently, there are four main Clubs, four satellite afterschool educational operations, a licensed daycare center, and a 55-acre residential camp. The United Boys and Girls Club directly serves nearly 3,000 youth in Santa Barbara County annually.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have someone of Kristi’s caliber join our team,” said Michael Baker, CEO of The United Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County. “Kristi has done a tremendous job with the SBCPA, and we look forward to having her bring those skills to The United Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County.”
“I have worked with Kristi for years, first at UCSB, and then at the SBCPA,” remarked Dan Burnham, Chair of the SBCPA board, “As anyone who has worked with her would attest, she is uncommonly talented. Her passion for the SBCPA and The Granada Theatre is obvious. She will be missed, but her contributions over the last three and a half years have left the SBCPA in a much stronger position. Boys and Girls Club is lucky to have her, as were we.”

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The Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts (SBCPA), a privately-funded 501 (c)3 corporation established in 1988, is dedicated to providing best-in-class production, sales and administrative support to arts organizations from throughout the Santa Barbara region, including its Historic Theatre District Partners (Lobero Theatre and the New Vic Theatre) as well as its eight resident companies (CAMA, Music Academy of the West, Opera Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Choral Society, Santa Barbara Symphony, State Street Ballet, Theater League and UCSB Arts & Lectures).

The SBCPA’s most visible service is operation of The Granada Theatre. Purchased by the SBCPA in 2003, restored and reopened in 2008, The Granada Theatre is blessed with state-of-the-art electrical systems, sound systems, lighting systems, fly system, large and up-to-date dressing rooms, as well as contemporary audience amenities. By providing a world-class venue with skilled house management staff, production staff, marketing and ticketing services staff, the SBCPA is making it possible for many of Santa Barbara’s finest performing arts organizations to present their programs with the highest level of contemporary production support and audience comfort. For more information please visit www.granadasb.org.

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Sydney Gardner, (805) 845-4068

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