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May Newsletter -  Groundbreaking
Groundbreaking Moment!
The Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation celebrated the Michael Towbes Library Plaza groundbreaking on May 4th. We welcomed our generous donors and supporters to the site where the Michael Towbes Plaza will be built and heard a few words from our Foundation President Anne Howard, Campaign Co-Chairs Jim Jackson and Janet Grufis, Library Director Jessica Candiente, Council Member Eric Friedman, Anne Towbes, Barbara Hauter Woodward, and Foundation Director Lauren Trujillo. Thank you to all who were able to attend and celebrate this momentous day!
YOU Open Doors to ... Lifelong Learning
Together, We Open Doors for learners of all ages, and the Library Plaza will be an inviting space to connect with more of our community.  

We are committed to educating the community about all the Library has to offer for all ages and walks of life. The Lifelong Learning for Library Plaza fund is how we will uphold our commitment and inspire continued growth. With the community’s help we can build sustainable support for new and existing programs the Library Plaza will foster.

We are thrilled to announce The John C. Mithun Family Foundation has pledged a $125,000 matching gift to the Public Library to help launch a $2 million Lifelong Learning for Library Plaza fund to sustain the Plaza and programming for all. 

Today, YOU can continue to grow the possibilities for our Library. By making a contribution toward this matching gift you will double your gift to expand education and literacy programs and revitalize the heart of our downtown. 

Lifelong learning happens at the Santa Barbara Public Library!
Thank You Michael Towbes Library Plaza Donors!

We have reached our $5 million goal to fund the Michael Towbes Library Plaza! The Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation would like to thank everyone who contributed and made this project possible. 

The completion of this project captures the essence of community building at the Library — people come together for inspiration, education, fun, and engagement, and leave feeling a stronger sense of community. To put it in the words of Campaign co-chair Mr. Jim Jackson, the Library Plaza is an opportunity to show everyone that the Public Library goes beyond just providing books.

Once the Plaza is built, it will not only forever solidify the legacy of Michael Towbes, but will also demonstrate the Library's ability to grow and evolve to meet the community's needs while promoting learning and civic participation for years to come. 

Leadership Gifts (100,000+) 
City of Santa Barbara
Mercedes Millington and Jack C. Mithun
Manitou Fund- In Memory of Marjorie Reeds McNeely
Nora McNeely Hurley and Michael Hurley
Emily and Dan Engel*   

Michael Towbes Library Plaza (100,000 +)
Anne Smith Towbes
Carrie Towbes and John Lewis
The Ann Jackson Family Foundation 
Meg and Dan Burnham 
Zora and Les Charles
Ginni Dreier
Stina Hans
Hutton Parker Foundation 
Chana and Jim Jackson
Montecito Bank & Trust 
Mosher Foundation 
Alicia Miñana and Rob Lovelace
Zegar Family Foundation 

Woodward Grove Donor Wall ($10,000+)   
Melora and Andrew Balson
Susan Bogue Myslik
Zora and Les Charles
Kirby-Jones Foundation
Kath Lavidge and Ed McKinley   
Susan and Claude Case*
Sarah and Peter de Tagyos    
Christie and John Glanville
Jackie Inskeep
Anne, John, and Seth Woodward
Friends of Barbara Hauter Woodward
Barbara Hauter Woodward

Major Gifts ($25,000- $50,000)
Anna and Nathan Alldredge
Dylanian II Charitable Fund
Friends of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art
GA Fowler Family Foundation
Anna and David Grotenhuis
Anne and Randall Howard*
Herbert and Elaine Kendall Charitable Foundation
Santa Barbara Beautiful
Walter J & Holly O Thomson Charitable Foundation 
Leslie and Bob Zemeckis

Major Gifts ($10,000- $24,999)
Tracy and Michael Bollag
Carol and Alan Brumberger*
B&B Foundation            
Marni and Michael Cooney
Marcia and Jamie Constance
Friends of the Santa Barbara Public Library
Eric Friedman and Julie Nguyen-Friedman
Janet Garufis
Susan and Gary Gulbransen
Milt and Cecia Hess
The La Centra-Sumerlin Foundation
Linda Lorenzen*
Dr. Bruce and Kay McFadden
Carolyn and Arthur Merovick*
Natalie Orfalea Foundation
Michele Neely Saltoun
Outhwaite Foundation
Patty Palmer
Stephanie and Tres Riordan*
Ellen Robinson
John and Mary Romo
Peter Schuyler and Lisa Stratton
Schlinger Family Foundation
Volentine Foundation

Community Gifts ($5,000-$9,999)
Robert and Christine Emmons
Roy Martinez and Toni McDonald*
Jane and Kenneth Anderson    
Gwen and Henry Baker
Mary Brown    
Joan Davidson   
Audrey Hillman Fisher
Dr. Cami Ferris-Wong    
Judith Little        
Siri and Bob Marshall    
Gretchen and Marshall Milligan    
Rosemary and Nicholas Mutton    
Chapin Nolen    
Claire and Gerald Parent
Maryan Schall
Marianne Sprague 

Diane Sullivan    
Lynda Weinman    
Brooks and Kate Firestone
Patricia Aoyama and Chris Kleveland

Community Gifts to the Woodward Grove ($5,000-$9,999) 
Charlotte and David Ackert

Community Gifts (Below $5,000)
Arcadia Studios
Mara Abboud
Mark Asman and William Wood
Marsha and Stephen Barr
Carol and Bob Bason
June Belletto de Pujo
Steve and Marianne Blitsch
Mitsy Bordofsky
Elizabeth Bowman
David J Broad
Lynn and Chris Brown
Mary L Brown
Mary and Jeremy Carroll
Valerie Cavanaugh and William Kerstetter
Joanie Chackel
Eloise and Chuck Cohen
Susan Patty Cronin
Florence C. Dillon
Leslie Dinaberg
Diane and Ralph Engel
Steve Fort
Richard Flacks
Dianne Flanigan
Karen Feeney
Pat and Bob Fulmer* 
Richard and Irene Fulton
John C Gough
Thuy Greer
Karin Grundy
Sharon Hoshida
Heidi Jones
Temmo Korisheli
Puck and Jim Lohnas
Edward MacAllister
Irene Macias
Elaine, Mike & Ethan Best
John P. Margolis, AIA
Brooke McDermott*
John Mosby
Gary O’Hea
Jann Olsen
James and Colette Phillippi
Janice Riviera
Karen M Riviera
Keith Riviera
Marge Romano
Tim Romano
Justine Roddick
Nancy Schlosser    
Leslie Meadowcoft Schipper and Frank Schipper
Jennifer and Jeremy Stein
Colleen and Jim Sterne*
Martha and Tim Townsend
Joanne Vasquez
Watling Foundation
John Wilhelm
William P. Neil Foundation
Douglas Lee Wilson
Helen Sun Wong
Gina and Alex R Zeigler

Community Gifts to the Woodward Grove  (Below $5,000)
Nan and John Bedford
Lalla and Rinaldo Brutoco
Valerie Cavanaugh and William Kerstetter
Kate Edwardson
Norris and Barry Goss
Barbara L. Hoyt and Pierce B. Dunn
Theodora and Roger Lenard
DeDe and Don Parrett
Robin Riblet
Susan and Tom Richards    
Sandy Schoolfield and John Kechejian    
Donna and Mutsuo Shinoda
Sally and Jay Smith
Raissa Smorol
Sally and Peter Tannenbaum
Holiday and Richard Vaill
Patricia Watkins
Judy Weirick
Kathy and Bob Wenger
Parmele and Frank Williams

 Michael Towbes Library Plaza Brick Donors

Ronald P Abeles
Royce Adams
Patricia and Doug Aiken
Seraphim Albrecht and Geoff Green 
Joe Allen
Maria Angeles-Hoernicke and Falko Hoernicke
Claudia Arnett
Mary Ballard
Celeste Barber
Kathleen Barnato
Kristin Bassett
Brenda Bernu-Reheem
Peter and Linda Beuret 
Leslie and Ashish Bhutani
Mindy Bingham and Jim Comiskey 
Jill and John Bishop Jr
Diane Bloodgood
Gail Bogle
Lucille Boss
Rita Boss
Susan Bracco Gleason
Wendy L Branch
Aaron Bright
Jessica Cadiente
Otis Calef
Trudi Carey
Susan and Claude Case
Louise Casey
Angela and Glen Charles
Rabbi Stephen and Marian Cohen
Marcia and Jamie Constance 
Mark and Amanda Craig
Kim Crail
Shannon Crane
Gail Crivello
Margaret and Robert Crocco
Nancy D'Amato
Jean and Dave Davis
Megan Nicole De Tomaso
Kathy and Tom Dunlap
Rob and Susan Dunton
Dianne and Robert Duva
Willliam Edelstein MD
Suzanne and Dennis Elledge
Gail Elnicky
Cindy and Michael Elster
Susan F. Petrovich
Suzy Farbman
Ellen Fenger
Dr. Cami Ferris Wong
Jeffrey P. Folks
Veronica Flores and Benjamin Howard
Ann Frank
Janet Garufis
Christine Newman Garvey
Inge Gatz and Steven Gilbar
Brett Gewirtzman
Robert and Maria Rendon-Giaimo
Nancy Gifford
Peter Ginsberg
Paul Gloster
Dannae Godinez
Nancy Goldsholl
Judy Gough
Rob Grant Pearson and Jon Glasoe
Jennifer Guess Zacharias
Perri Harrcourt
G.K. and Vikki Hart
Nancy Harter
Barbara Hauter Woodward
Susan Haynes Grant
Lily Hays
Lee Ellen Heller
Milton Hess
Anne and Randall Howard
Barbara and Joe Howell
Chana and Jim Jackson
 Jane Jelenko
Ruth Johnson
Peter and Gerd Jordano
Lois Jane Kaplan
Carolyn Kimball Holmquist
Dr. George Konstantinow
Neil Kreisel
Janet and John Kruger
Nancy and Jeffrey Kupperman
Silvia and Christopher Kuzen
Kim la Grant Hunter
Miguel Lagunas
Nancy Law
Evelyn S Lee
Graeme Lee-Wingate
Jessika Leonard
Marc A Levine
Chi Levit Truong
Carol Licker
Dawn Ligon
Lauren Lochtefeld
Linda Lorenzen
Linda Love
Irene Macias
Emma Malina
Barbara Margerum
Phyllis Margolis
Kenneth E Marshall
Jon Martin
Penny Mast McCall and Wayne McCall
Brooke McDermott
Tina McEnroe
Amanda McIntyre
Marla McNally Phillips
Linda Joan McNeel
Amanda Meller
Jennifer Meredith-Dodd
Carolyn and Art Merovick
Megan and Steve Miley

Nicholas Miller
Meg Miller
Brian Miller
Sara Miller McCune
Dawn Mitcham
Cathy Mollkoy
Marcus Morales
Helga Morris
Gail Morris Shaughnessy
Mimi and Dennis Muraoka
Joan R and William W Murdoch
Dr. Ilene H. Nagel
Carol Newman
Ray Olmstead
Bonnie Orr
Susan Parker
Kendall Pata and Anders Bergstrom
Elberta Pate
Eric G. Phillips
Andrea Pighetti
Linda Louise Proud
Michael E Purdy
Michelle Radeke
Patricia Reilly Stark
Marsha Lee Roberson
Christina Robertson Campbell
Andrea Robles
Sybil Rosen
Randy Rowse
Joan Rutkowski
Ben Sarmiento
SB Bookies
Lynn Scarlett
Maryan Schall
Frank Schmidt
Dawn Schmidt
Joanne Schoenfeld and Stuart Orentein
Dale and J L Seborg
Gabriela Severt
Elizabeth and Kenny Slaught
Jen Slemp
Stephanie and Chuck Slosser
Michael Smith
Jennifer Smith
Karla Smith
Ellie Starfas
Cheri and William Steinkellner
Colleen and Jim Sterne
Christopher Anthony Stocking
Andrew Stoker
Pauline and Mac Sylvain
Nora and Barry Taugher
Karen Telleen-Lawton
Jody Thomas
Mary Tonetti Dorra
Anne S. Towbes 
Martha    and Tim Townsend
Melis Tusiray
James D Twomey
Holiday and Rick Vaill
Shelley Van Zant
Sally Warner-Arnett
Alexis and Mike Weaver
Judith Weisman
Kathy and Bob Wenger 
Mark Westerhoff
Molly Wetta
Catherine Whaley
Sheryl Wheeler
Mackenzie and Ian Wildman
Ronald Williams
Cynthia Esther Withers
Harvey Wolf
Howell D Wood
Donald R Young
Don Lawrence Zaccagnino
Gina and Alex Ziegler

Michael Towbes Library Plaza Nonprofit Supporters 
Alpha Resource Center*
California Missions Foundation*
CASA of Ventura County*
CAMA - Community Arts Music Association*
Crane Country Day School*
Domestic Violence Solutions*
Easy Lift Transportation*
Elings Park Foundation
Explore Ecology*
Food Bank of Santa Barbara County*
Food From the Heart*
Fielding Graduate University*
Friends of the Eastside Library*
The Granada Theatre*
Habitat for Humanity of Northern Santa Barbara County*
Hillside House*
Kiwanis Club of Santa Barbara*
Music Academy of the West*
Old Mission Santa Barbara*
Pacific Pride Foundation*
Planned Parenthood 
Sansum Diabetes Research Institute*
Santa Barbara City College Foundation*
Santa Barbara Meals on Wheels
Santa Barbara Mission Archive Library*
Santa Barbara Rescue Mission *
Storyteller Children's Center
Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Santa Barbara Police Activities League*
Santa Barbara Zoo
Solvang Senior Center 
SEE International 
Women’s Economic Ventures*
Brick Donors*

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Remember a loved one, honor someone special, or join with family or friends to set your name in stone for decades to come! 
Michael Towbes Library Plaza
Onward and Upward!
Pictured above is local Santa Barbara philanthropist Anne Towbes — wife of the late Michael Towbes. Mrs. Towbes spoke to thank everyone for honoring her late husband who would have been proud to see the project come to fruition as he was someone who was both a "life-long learner" and an avid supporter of the arts and nonprofits in Santa Barbara. Most notably, she remarked:
"Michael had a favorite saying that we all loved to hear him say, 'the only thing better than a Ground-breaking is a Ribbon Cutting.'  He also often said, 'Onward and Upward.'  So let’s follow his lead and look forward to celebrating the completion of the Michael Towbes Library Plaza very soon."
Pictured above is Barbara Hauter Woodward saying a few words during the Groundbreaking program. As part of the Plaza renovations, the space where the oak trees are planted within the site will be named "The Woodward Grove" in dedication to her late husband J. Taylor Woodward III.

On behalf of the Foundation, we asked her what she was most looking forward to once the Plaza and Woodward Grove were built:
“What I am most looking forward to once the Plaza and the Woodward Grove are built is sharing the space with my husband's family for many years to come.” - Barbara Hauter Woodward

If you would like information on how you can designate the Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation as the beneficiary of a gift from your estate plan or will, please contact

Note from Lauren Trujillo, Foundation Director
Thank YOU for making this milestone moment possible!

You all have played a critical role in moving our Library further into the 21st Century. With your help, we have expanded our Library family and opened hearts and minds to do more to support the lifesaving work happening at the Santa Barbara Public Library.

With the groundbreaking of the Library Plaza, we celebrate the community and the community members that came together to make Santa Barbara a better place. 

Thank you to all of our volunteers, Board members, Board President, Anne Howard, and our Campaign Co-Chairs Jim Jackson and Janet Garufis. You Open Doors!

Campaign Cabinet
Janet Garufis Campaign Co-chair Jim Jackson Campaign Co-chair

Anna Alldredge, Mark Asman, Bob Bason, Jessica Cadiente, Susan Case, Zora Charles, Marni Cooney, Emily Engel. Christie Glanville, Anna Grotenhuis, Anne Howard, Roy Martinez, Anne Towbes, Martha Townsend, Leslie Zemeckis

Communication & Cultivation Committee
Chair- Anna Alldredge

Laura Capps, Erik Davis, Hannah-Beth Jackson, Gwyn Lurie-Firestein, Kendall Pata

Major Gifts Committee
Chair- Anna Alldredge

Marni Cooney, Emily Engel, Roy Martinez, David McFadden, Martha Townsend

Community Gifts Committee
Chairs- Boyd Bailey and Jennifer Zacharias

Ashleigh Davis, Leslie Dinaberg, Peter Ginsberg, Geneva Ives, Kelly Martin, Hannah Rael, Stephanie Riordan, Willie Simpson, Sheridan Tephorn

Library Plaza Honorary Committee
Peter MacDougall- Honorary Committee Co-chair
Anne Towbes- Honorary Committee Co-chair

Carol and Bob Bason, Sharon and David Bradford, Laura Capps, Lois Capps, Susan and Claude Case, Zora and Les Charles, Hal Conklin, Jelinda and Barry DeVorzon, Christine and Robert Emmons, Christie and John Glanville, Anna Grotenhuis, Susan and Gary Gulbransen, Judith Hopkinson, Joan and Palmer Jackson, Peter and Gerd Jordano, Herbert Kendall, Jill and Neil Levinson, Kandy Luria-Budgor, Patty and John MacFarlane, Irene Macias, Mercedes Millington and Jack C. Mithun, Natalie Orfalea, Joanne and Brian Rapp, Mary and John Romo, Ken and Jo Saxon, Maryan Schall, Elizabeth and Kenny Slaught, Diane Sullivan, Lynne Tahmisian, Carrie Towbes, Maureen White, Barbara Hauter Woodward,
John C. Woodward

Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation Board
Anne Howard, President, Emily Engel, Vice President, Brooke McDermott, Treasurer, Jim Sterne, Secretary, Alan Brumberger, Anna Alldredge, Mark Cardona, Susan Case, Bob Fulmer, Jim Jackson, Irene Kelly, Linda Lorenzen, Roy Martinez, Art Merovick, Stephanie Riordan
Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation

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