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South Coast Business & Technology Awards Laud Local Innovators | Business

Posted on June 18, 2022
| 3:46 p.m.

Ceremony grosses more than $287,000 for Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara

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Kurt Ransohoff, left, Kirsten McLaughlin, Kathy Odell, Matt Rowe, Savannah Hunt, Michael Crandell, Ron Werft, and Charles Fenzi. (Emily Hart Roberts)

Ten standout organizations and individuals were honored at the 2022 South Coast Business & Technology Awards ceremony June 16 at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. The annual awards event celebrates innovation, leadership and success in the area’s business and technology sectors.

Event proceeds benefit the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara. This year’s ceremony grossed more than $287,000.

Honorees for 2022 included: Cottage Health, Sansum Clinic, and Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics (Excellence in Service Award); Michael Crandell of Bitwarden (Entrepreneur of the Year Award); InTouch Health (Company of the Year Award); Dave Powers of Deckers Brands (Executive of the Year Award); Kathy Odell of Women’s Economic Ventures (Pioneer Award); and Clevr Blends, Outer Aisle, and Umbra (Rising Stars).

“Since 2001, South Coast Business & Technology Awards ceremonies have provided nearly $2.7 million to more than 1,000 county students pursuing degrees in business and technology-related fields,” said Barbara Robertson, Scholarship Foundation president/CEO. “We are very grateful for such generous support from our local business and technology community.”

About 400 people attended the ceremony. Serving as event co-chairs year were Janet Garufis, chairman/CEO of Montecito Bank & Trust, and Kirsten McLaughlin, market vice president at Cox Communications.

Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara is the nation’s largest community-based provider of college scholarships, having cumulatively awarded more than $140 million to some 60,000 county students since its founding in 1962. The nonprofit Scholarship Foundation also provides free financial aid-advising services.

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