Preparations Underway for Downtown Santa Barbara’s 50th Anniversary Gala

SANTA BARBARA, Calif – Celebrating your golden anniversary is an historic occasion for anyone, but when you represent a 1,500+ member business improvement district, you’d best go all out with your party. And at 50-years young, that is exactly what Downtown Santa Barbara intends to do.

“This is a once-in-our-lifetime event,” says DSB Executive Director Maggie Campbell. “We plan to celebrate not only our accomplishments and milestones, but our history as well. And we’re very fortunate to have Mayor Helene Schneider and Roger Durling, Executive Director of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, on board as our Honorary Co-Chairs.” Joining Ms. Campbell onstage as co-host for the evening’s program will be Marshall Rose, former DSB Executive Director and current owner of Hollister Brewing Company,

Preparations for the Downtown Santa Barbara 50th Anniversary Gala Presented by the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort (Wednesday, April 12th) include culling through archives for photos, articles, anecdotes and, perhaps most importantly, reconnecting with a particularly important and inspiring group of individuals – 40 years of past “Citizens of the Year” (COYs).

This annual award, bestowed upon civic and community leaders from the arts, media, business, city government and more, now takes center stage during the Gala. “We’ve been reaching out to formers COYs, seeking their input as well as their memories,” says Campbell. These former COYs are providing a visual history of their contributions to Santa Barbara for the Gala Honor Wall sponsored by Southern California Edison. Additionally, organizations are encouraged to sponsor a table, in honor of a specific COY, as well as their company or organization.

David Damiano, 2012 Citizen of the Year, served on the DSB Board of Directors from 2003 to 2011, and as President of the Board (2009-2010). When he passed away in 2012, the Board honored him for his volunteer work. “We proudly honor the memory of David, Santa Barbara MTD’s former Manager of Transit Development and Community Relations, and dedicated board member of DSB,” says MTD General Manager, Jerry Estrada. “David’s contributions to our community and to downtown specifically continue to live on in countless ways.”

“Along with honoring our Citizens of the Year again, we’re planning to celebrate our history all year long,” says Campbell. Downtown SB is soliciting historic photos and stories from business owners and residents through the years, as part of the 50th Anniversary effort. Also on the Gala agenda: the annual Downtown Awards, including the 2016 Citizen of the Year, the 2016 Volunteer of the Year, and the Harriet Miller Youth Leadership Award.

For information regarding table or other sponsor opportunities or to purchase Gala tickets, please contact Downtown Santa Barbara at 805-962-2098, ext 804.


Kate Schwab
Marketing & Communications Director
Downtown Santa Barbara
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