SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Local business owners and officials came together for the Annual Awards Breakfast on Thursday morning in Santa Barbara.
The event was presented by Southern California Edison.
The event "Celebrate State" awarded local businesses and community members for their efforts in both Santa Barbara City's economy and philanthropy.
Downtown Santa Barbara Board members are the following:
- Bob Stout, Downtown Santa Barbara Board President
- David de L'Arbre, Vice President
- Anne Petersen, Treasurer
- Robin Gose, Secretary
Mayor Cathy Murillo awarded the Harriet Miller Youth Leadership Award to San Marcos High School senior Lesly Abrego. Abrego received the award for dedicating over 500 hours to volunteering.
Board Treasurer Petersen received the George Gerth Volunteer of the Year Award for her tireless support of the organization.
Board Director LaBrie awarded the Business Champion of the Year to Pacific Coast Business Times for their continuous work in highlighting stories in the local business community.
The Good Lion owner Brandon Ristaino presented the Entrepreneur of the Year Award to Barrett Reed and Joe Corazza of the Miramar Group.
Roger Durling, the Executive Director of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival presented the 2019 Citizen of the Year to the Hutton Parker Foundation.
The Foundation's CEO Tom Parker received the award in recognition of their work in providing organizational sustainability to community-based nonprofit organizations throughout Santa Barbara County.
Parker also revealed that the Foundation has been working to bring more university campuses to the downtown corridor.
Downtown Santa Barbara serves as a representative and advocate for merchants and property owners of the downtown district in Santa Barbara.