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Community Dividends lunch helps over 180 non-profits on the Central Coast with funds

$1-million given out for the 15th year

Montecito Bank & Trust CEO Janet Garufis welcomes 300 people to a special Communities Dividends luncheon for non-profits from Westlake to Solvang. (John Palminteri/KEYT photo)
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Thanksgiving week has kicked off with a one million dollar donation to more than 180 non-profit groups by Montecito Bank and Trust.
As part of the annual Community Dividends Luncheon which began in 2003, each non-profit received a holiday turkey meal, and a donation check.
The recipients included Boys and Girls clubs, services for the elderly, health care groups and children's organizations..        
Rebecca Stebbins with the Carpinteria Arts Center was one of the recipients. "For us we are wrapping up a $3.1 million dollar campaign to create a world class art center in Carpinteria our goal is to be one of the best small town arts centers in America  and we are well on our way.  We have about $200,000 to be raised and this will be part of that."
Those attending saw a video featuring the late bank founder and Chairman Michael Towbes, who believed deeply in the giving back to the community through this luncheon and countless other donations.
CEO Janet Garufis said, "we will work every single day to carry out his vision and never let him down."  
She also demonstrated a new on line phone app for the event and offered on the spot prizes for those using it.

The guests represented non-profits from Solvang to Westlake.
This event, is in its 15th year.  300 people attended at the Four Seasons Biltmore-Coral Casino.
For more information click here for: Montecito Bank & Trust

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