The Cecilia Fund Annual Tea and Membership Meeting
Thursday April 19th, 2018
The Santa Barbara Club
The Cecilia Fund will hold it’s traditional Annual Tea and Membership Meeting on Thursday, April 19that 2:30 pm at the Santa Barbara Club. Co-chairs Susan Johnson and Marion Schoneberger will welcome the afternoon’s guests to the 126thannual Tea and extend thanks the many generous donors for their membership and financial support of the organization’s mission. This year’s event will feature Dr. Charles Fenzi, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer of the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics as the guest speaker. An additional speaker will be Keri Weber a former Cecilia Fund recipient who will describe from a personal perspective the challenges coping in today’s medical environment.
Since its inception 126 years ago the organization has adapted to the times. Whether it was known as the St. Cecilia Club, or later the St. Cecilia Society, and now The Cecilia Fund, its mission, the vision of the 1892 founders, remains untouched. The baton has been passed from generation to generation into the 21stCentury despite two World Wars, the Great Depression, the disastrous 6.3 Santa Barbara earthquake, and today’s confusing medical environment. The Cecilia Fund continues its charitable work and is extending its horizons to better serve the community.
The Fund distributes over $100,000 each year to help meet dental and medical costs for those that otherwise could not afford to receive the care they require. The Cecilia Fund is a volunteer charity group without paid staff or a permanent office and is composed of a highly-dedicated board of 13 women.
“We consistently receive more requests than we can fund and we urgently need the community’s continued support to increase our level of funding for critical medical and dental care,” notes Co-chair Marion Schoneberger. “Clinical social workers tout the organization as one of the best charities to work with because of our lack of bureaucracy.”
The board meets monthly to review the cases that have been referred by Santa Barbara County social workers and other health professionals to determine what cases they are able to fund. The Cecilia Fund pays providers directly and is often able to negotiate significant discounts from the dental and medical providers. The Cecilia Fund is grateful for community partnerships such as the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics, the Eastside Dental Clinic, the Cancer Center as they work together with the knowledge that the need for medical and dental assistance in Santa Barbara is greater, and more challenging, than it has ever been.