The Santa Barbara Foundation and KEYT honored two exceptional individuals for their long-standing commitment to community volunteerism on Thursday, September 30 at the 68th Annual Man and Woman of the Year Awards. A large crowd gathered at the Four Seasons Biltmore to recognize Dr. Robert J. Emmons and Jane Habermann for the significant impact they have had throughout the community.
Both recipients have been active supporters of a variety of nonprofit organizations. Selected from a diverse pool of candidates, Emmons and Habermann join the ranks of Santa Barbara’s most dedicated civic leaders who have received this honor, a part of Santa Barbara’s history since 1942. Previous award winners include David Anderson, Pearl Chase, Leni Fe Bland, Lotte Lehman, Eli Luria and Thomas M. Stroke, all of who were recognized for volunteer service and involvement.
Both recipients were genuinely surprised by the honor, which was kept a closely guarded secret until being unveiled in front of hundreds during a dinner and gala affair at the Coral Casino. Awards were presented by KEYT Evening Anchor, Paula Lopez and Santa Barbara Foundation President and CEO, Ron, Gallo.
“Jane Habermann and Robert Emmons are true volunteer leaders whose selfless actions have inspired many to do more to help others. Volunteerism is crucial to keeping people, communities and businesses health and productive. We should all be proud to have people like Bob and Jane in our midst,” said Ron Gallo.
Former Man of the Year, Larry Crandell, was honored by Chuck Slosser, retired president & CEO of the Santa Barbara Foundation, and Tom Parker, President of the Hutton Foundation, for tirelessly volunteering his services as emcee for the Man & Woman of the Year Award events over the past decade.