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For Immediate Release        Media Contact:  Candice Tang/Juliana Minsky (805) 687-3322

                                               Information and Tickets: (805) 884-0095 

Santa Barbara Bank & Trust Takes Lead Sponsorship; Montecito Bank & Trust is Orchid Sponsor


Santa Barbara, CA, January 27, 2010 – Two local banks are providing important financial support to the upcoming Garden Court Endowment Fundraiser, being held from 6 p.m. top 9 p.m. on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at the Canary Hotel. Santa Barbara Bank & Trust is the event Lead Sponsor and Montecito Bank & Trust is the event Orchid Sponsor.

“Homegrown & Santa Barbara’s Own” will benefit the Garden Court Endowment, which is dedicated to assisting frail, low-income Santa Barbara seniors to live independently for as long as possible. The Endowment provides individual grants for medical and other needs, and is planning the development of the first assisted living facility to provide care for seniors in need who can no longer live independently.   

“It is with the generosity of long-time community supporters like Santa Barbara Bank & Trust and Montecito Bank & Trust that Garden Court is able to continue providing quality care, and create a sustainable continuum of care for our most vulnerable seniors, many of whom have helped make this city the jewel it is today and now need our support,” said Detty Peikert, President of the Board of Directors for the Garden Court Endowment.

“Through these sponsorships, our local community partners are publicly recognizing the importance of quality affordable housing and scholarships to meet the basic needs of very low income seniors in our community, and of addressing the acute need for assisted living services in the local continuum of senior care,” said Peikert.

Santa Barbara Bank & Trust has been involved with Garden Court since it first opened in 2000 and has generously supported the Endowment financially since its inaugural fundraising event in 2006. Montecito Bank & Trust’s sponsorship is part of its Community Dividends® program, which focuses on organizations or programs which primarily serve low and moderate income individuals and families in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Other generous event sponsors to date include: Hollister & Brace, Merrill Lynch, The Hartford, Brown & Brown Insurance, Thomco, Nasif, Hicks, Harris & Co., LLP and Mark and Felisa Manion.


The event will take place at the Canary Hotel, 31 West Carrillo St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $125.  For tickets, please call (805) 884-0095.  For more information about Garden Court and the Garden Court Endowment, please visit  


About Garden Court on De La Vina

Garden Court opened in 2000 to provide service enhanced independent living for frail, low-income Santa Barbara seniors to live independently for as long as possible. Garden Court provides the freedom of independent living, while offering the peace of mind of community living and includes amenities such as dining and housekeeping services, and access to social and community services.


About the Garden Court Endowment

The Garden Court Endowment has helped hundreds of low-income, frail seniors with support for crisis intervention for mental health, assistive devices for visually impaired residents, on-site health and wellness programs and other critical needs that Garden Court residents could not otherwise afford. The Endowment is now leading an initiative to fill one of the most critical housing and service gaps in our community through the creation of the first assisted living facility for low-income seniors in Santa Barbara.  The Endowment is supported by donations from individuals and companies in the community, as well as by grants from foundations and other sources.

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