With charitable donations to local nonprofits totaling more than $425,000 to date, giving back has clearly been an integral part of the Santa Barbara Triathlon since its inception. One of the biggest benefits of the Presenting Sponsorship is choosing the event’s annual beneficiary. “Once again Montecito Bank & Trust invited the community to vote from a list of eight local nonprofits. It was fun to hear the buzz around town as these nonprofits each worked hard to obtain the winning votes,” said Race Director Joe Coito. “Having the reach and muscle of Montecito Bank & Trust behind the Santa Barbara Triathlon is a huge boost and will help us reach our goal of raising $50,000 for the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.”

Help Provide a Summer Picnic Lunch for Kids in Need through the Foodbank

This year Montecito Bank & Trust hopes bank customers will show their support for the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. During the month of August, all donated “Picnic Lunches in the Park” for kids in need will go twice as far. Montecito Bank & Trust is matching donations up to $5,000 which all goes to the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.

Montecito Bank & Trust President and CEO, Janet Garufis, added, “The entire bank is involved in raising money this summer for the nearly 1000 a day nutritious picnic lunches the Foodbank provides for hungry children. When we make a commitment, all of our employees get committed. The month of August has us all focused on this fundraising effort culminating with many of our employees either participating or volunteering at the Triathlon. It is wonderful to see this energy all leading up to the exciting Triathlon weekend.”

Montecito Bank & Trust and the Foodbank will have a table together at the August 25th and 26th Triathlon, so stop by to show your support by giving generously to help support kids in need.

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is a nonprofit organization that works to eliminate hunger and transform the health of SB County, by distributing food, providing education, and other resources through its own programs and via a network of 290 member nonprofit agencies and programs in our county. In 2011, the Foodbank distributed 11 million pounds of food, of which fully half was fresh produce. This served over 102,000 unduplicated people from Carpinteria to Santa Maria, an amazing 1 in 4 people in our county. Click here to donate and find out more.

Volunteer at the Event

Volunteering at the Triathlon event is a great way to enjoy all the action, up-close and personal. The Triathlon recruits 400 volunteers each year. Shifts are available August 24-26. In exchange for just a few hours of time, volunteers receive gifts, t-shirts, front row seats to the action and a chance to win exciting prizes including a kayak trip to the Channel Islands. No experience is necessary. For a list of available volunteer opportunities and to sign up call (805) 682-1634, email volunteer@santabarbaratriathlon.com or click santabarbartriathlon.com.

Montecito Bank & Trust is a locally owned community bank founded in 1975. It is known for its ongoing support of the community through unique philanthropic programs such as Community Dividends® and Anniversary GrantsSM. The bank has branch offices in Santa Barbara, Goleta, Solvang, Montecito, Carpinteria, Ventura and Westlake Village. For a list of branch locations and hours or for more information about Montecito Bank & Trust click here.

The Santa Barbara Triathlon, now in its 32nd year, consists of three separate events—the long course, taking place on Saturday, August 25th, and two sprint distance courses, both taking place on Sunday, August 26th. Options include women-only, just for fun and parent child teams. The start and finish line for the event will be at the Cabrillo Bathhouse (East Beach) – 1118 Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93103. The event is free to attend and runs daily on Saturday and Sunday starting at 7 a.m. sharp. A Health & Fitness Expo (open to the public) and Event Check-In begin on Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. To inquire about volunteering or for more event information click here.


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