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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Santa Barbara Philanthropist Stina Hans and Goleta-based Raintree Foundation are the recipients of the 5th Annual Strong, Smart, and Bold Awards

SANTA BARBARA, CA – Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara is proud to announce Santa Barbara Philanthropist Stina Hans and Goleta-based Raintree Foundation are the recipients of the 5th Annual Strong, Smart, and Bold Awards. The awards will be presented at Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara’s (GIGSB) 15th Annual Celebration Luncheon, on Thursday, October 27 at the Bacara Resort & Spa. The luncheon theme is Women in Leadership: Making a Difference! Full bios of the 2016 honorees are available at www.girlsincsb.org.
The Strong, Smart, and Bold Awards are presented annually to an individual and an organization that embody the mission, vision, and values of Girls Inc. Honorees demonstrate an ongoing commitment to inspiring girls through their leadership, service, and support, and have a significant impact on the lives of the girls and our community as a whole. Yardi and Curvature were honored in 2015.
“We are fortunate this year to honor two longstanding community leaders who collectively represent more than 40 years of demonstrated support addressing the girls, youth, and the education needs in our community,” GIGSB CEO Barbara Ben-Horin said. “We hope their service will serve as an inspirational model for other individuals and organizations in the community who are looking to make a sustaining impact on the lives of girls and young women in our community.”
A Santa Barbara resident since 1985, Stina Hans joined the GIGSB board in February 2007, and currently serves as its vice president. Stina also currently serves as president of the 100 Committee, the long-standing fundraising support group for GIGSB, most recently co-chairing its April 2016 Gala, which raised over $200,000 for scholarships to help support girls’ participation in Girls Inc. after school and summer programs.
Stina has been a long time community contributor, working with organizations such as the Santa Barbara Public Education Foundation and the National Charity League Santa Barbara chapter. A member of the Women’s Fund since 2005, Stina most recently served as chair of the 2015 Women’s Fund Presentation of Grants Event.
After serving as CEO of LA-based MCBA and for a San Francisco-based regional hospital group, Stina earned an MS degree in guidance and counseling and began working with teens and young adults as an educational services consultant and undergraduate admissions reader for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
“I am honored to be one of the two 2016 recipients of this award. I know what a difference Girls Inc. makes in the lives of so many girls,” Hans said. “We can’t make decisions for other people, but we can give girls the tools so they can make good decisions, good choices for themselves. That’s what makes the biggest difference.  That’s what really ‘gets’ me, and I know it’s what ‘gets’ others, too. Collectively we can make a BIG difference in the right way. And isn’t that what it’s all about?”
Founded in 1993 by Goleta resident Harold R. Frank, Raintree Foundation invests in long term development of educational programs and facilities that foster hands-on learning, student collaboration, and environments where students have the tools they need to thrive. As continued supporters of safe, engaging learning environments, Raintree Foundation generously contributed to the capital campaign to build the Girls Inc. Goleta Valley Center in 2008 and continues to fund, the Frank Innovation Zone at Washington State University and the Harold Frank Scholars at UCSB.
In a continued effort to help students succeed, Raintree Foundation has provided scholarships to thousands of students at WSU where Harold completed his engineering degree with the help of the GI bill, and on the Central Coast of California where he lived for over 50 years.
Before Harold Frank’s passing in 2012, his eldest son, James, and his granddaughter, Jessica, accepted his invitation to join the board at Raintree Foundation, establishing two additional priorities for the Foundation, to support public service programs focused on emergency response and search & rescue, and nature conservation and environmental wildlands rehabilitation. Raintree Foundation’s community impact extends beyond Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara, with a scope of support that spans organizations including Unity Shoppe, Police Activities League, Wilderness Youth Project, Montecito Trails Foundation, Sedgwick Reserve, SBCC Foundation, Cal Poly SLO Engineering, and Hearts Therapeutic Riding Programs.
“Raintree Foundation invests in the local community by supporting environments where students can succeed through scholarship programs and facility infrastructure. The Girl’s Inc. Goleta Valley Center, and the programs offered there for the girls in our local community, exemplify this spirit,” James A. and Jessica Lynn Frank said. “It is the experience of the Raintree Foundation that the enthusiasm that builds from these environments draws support of other donors, which results in additional resources for the students.”
About Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara (GIGSB)
Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, providing more than 140,000 girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and solutions to the unique challenges girls face. The Girls Inc. Experience consists of people, environment, and programming that together empowers girls with the tools to overcome gender, economic, and social barriers, and helps them develop leadership, set career goals, and adopt healthy lifestyles, that nurture their growth into healthy, educated, independent women. In 2015, GIGSB served nearly 1,700 girls through its after-school, summer adventure camp, and gymnastics programs. For more information, please visit www.girlsincsb.org and follow us on social media @girlsincsb.

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