With charitable donations to local nonprofits totaling more than $467,000 to date, fundraising to support community needs has been an integral part of the Santa Barbara Triathlon since its inception. As the presenting sponsor of the Santa Barbara Triathlon, Montecito Bank & Trust is once again inviting the public to help select the nonprofit beneficiary by voting for one of the six pre-selected organizations. The Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara ran a successful campaign to earn the opportunity to be the 2013 Triathlon nonprofit beneficiary.
Casa Pacifica Centers for Children & Families
Child Abuse Listening Mediation, Inc. (CALM)
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
Girls Incorporated of Santa Barbara & Carpinteria
The lucky nonprofit selected will be the beneficiary of all funds raised by the Triathlon’s sponsors, athletes, staff and volunteers in 2014, a goal set at $50,000.
Montecito Bank & Trust, an S Corporation, is the oldest and largest locally owned bank in the tri-counties. Founded in 1975, it is known for its ongoing support of the community through unique giving programs such as Community Dividends® and Anniversary GrantsSM. With branch offices located in Santa Barbara, Goleta, Solvang, Montecito, Carpinteria, Ventura and Westlake Village, the bank offers a variety of competitive deposit and lending solutions for businesses and consumers, including business loans and lines of credit; commercial real estate finance; SBA loans; consumer loans; credit cards; merchant services; and online services, including mobile banking and cash management. Its Wealth Management Division provides full investment management as well as trust services for all branch office markets.
The Santa Barbara Triathlon, one of the longest-running triathlon events in the country, attracts more than 2,000 triathletes and thousands of spectators annually. The event weekend includes a long course on Saturday and two shorter sprint course options on Sunday, one of which is for women-only and another for parent and child teams. Varying categories provide a variety of opportunities for participants across a spectrum of ages, abilities and intensity levels. While challenging themselves physically in the Pacific Ocean, along scenic country lanes and ocean side roads, the participants buffer physical pain with breathtaking sights that include the Carpinteria Flower Fields, the Channel Islands and Santa Barbara’s cliffs and beaches. A beach festival with music, food and entertainment awaits the triathletes as they cross the finish line. The event is open to the public and free to attend. To inquire about participating, volunteering or for more event information visit www.santabarbaratriathlon.com.