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For Immediate Release          Media Contacts: Candice Nyholt/Chris Davis, (805) 687-3322

“We hope these Matching Gifts will inspire more giving to help us reach our goal of $1,000,000” said Vanessa Patterson, Executive Director, Foundation for SBCC

Santa Barbara, CA, April 3, 2013—The Foundation for Santa Barbara City College recently received $408,000 in matching grants from American Riviera Bank; Diane and Mike Giles; Scott Pollard, Foundation for SBCC Board Member, Maryan and Richard Schall; Lila and Joe Scher; Bui and Herb Simon; Winslow Maxwell Charitable Trust and an anonymous donor to the Foundation’s 2013 Campaign for Student Success. The Campaign for Student Success is a volunteer-driven six-week fundraising effort to raise $1,000,000 for SBCC student support and critical college programs.

This year’s Campaign for Student Success, which kicked-off Friday, March 15th, runs through April 30th, and is in full swing. To date the Campaign has raised $389,284. With the matching funds, every donation up to $408,000 through April 30th will be matched $.50 cents on each dollar, meaning that every $1.00 pledged results in $1.50 to support SBCC students.

This Campaign is the most important initiative that the Foundation embarks upon. Money raised from the Campaign for Student Success will support students in a multitude of ways: scholarships, book grants, tutoring, childcare stipends for single parents, library and learning resources, Continuing Education classes, and so much more!

There is still time for the community to show Santa Barbara City College its love during the Campaign for Student Success: participate at a volunteer call night, raise funds through the Friends Asking Friends online donation tool, or make a donation to the Foundation for SBCC on the Foundation website.

·         Call Night Schedule:

Wednesday, April 3rd (5 – 8 p.m.) Alumni Call Night
Wednesday, April 10th (5 – 8 p.m.) Student Call Night
Wednesday, April 17th (5 – 8 p.m.) Athletics Call Night
Wednesday, April 24th (5 – 8 p.m.) SBCC Faculty/Staff Call Night

Friends Asking Friends: People can also get involved through signing up for Friends Asking Friends to spread the word about the Campaign for Student Success
Friends asking Friends is an e-mail and social media component through an innovative service where people can cheer on and encourage each other through the use of Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks and also raise money with their own participant page and e-mail outreach.

Make a donation at or

To volunteer for a call night, please contact Mike Flores at [email protected]. All call night sessions take place at the Luria Conference and Press Center at Santa Barbara City College. For more information on the Campaign for Student Success, please visit

About the Foundation for Santa Barbara City College

The mission of the Foundation for SBCC is to develop philanthropic support to assist the College in providing accessible educational programs that ensure academic and vocational excellence for the students of SBCC, and that enrich the cultural, economic and civic life of the South Coast community.

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