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."