Chumash golf event raises $120,000 for two nonprofit schools

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Photo contributed Ann McCarty, executive director of the North County Rape Crisis and Child Protection Center, accepts a $40,000 donation from the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. McCarty, middle right, is surrounded by center staff and employees of Chumash-owned businesses.

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After a year-long hiatus, the Chumash Charity Golf Classic returned in 2021 and raised $120,000 for two shortlisted recipients and helped fund the Santa Ynez Band of Schools Technology Program. Chumash Indians Foundation, which provides grants for high-tech upgrades for local classrooms.

The United Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara County, the North County Rape Crisis and Child Protection Center and the Technology in Schools program each received $40,000 as a result of the tournament, which took place over a two-day period. in September at the Alisal River course in Solvang.

“After the cancellation of our event in 2020, it was great to have the opportunity to come together, enjoy two great days of golf and raise money for programs that help vulnerable and underserved young people in our community,” said Kenneth Kahn, Tribal Chairman of the Chumash Indian Band of Santa Ynez. “This year, we proceeded to a vote among our staff to determine one of the beneficiaries of our event. Our employees chose the North County Rape Crisis and Child Protection Center. Including an organization that our staff respects and supports made this donation even more special.

The center provides direct services, including education and prevention skills, to children and adults to help alleviate the trauma experienced by survivors of sexual assault and child abuse.

“This gift uplifts us,” said Ann McCarty, executive director of the North County Rape Crisis and Child Protection Center. “It tells us that people support us and understand how important it is to provide services to victims of child abuse, sexual assault and human trafficking in our county. It also means they want us to continue this work, providing education and direct services. »

The United Boys and Girls Club of Santa Barbara County recently received their $40,000 donation at their fifth annual United Golf Tournament at La Cumbre Country Club in Santa Barbara.

“We are extremely grateful to the Santa Ynez Chumash for their continued support of our organization,” said Michael Baker, CEO of the United Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara County. “Their incredibly generous investment will allow us to continue our efforts to reach the young people who need our services the most in all the communities we serve.

The tribe’s Technology in Schools program gives school administrators and faculty members the opportunity to apply for technology grants to fund specific projects.

The grant recipients for the 2021-2022 school year are Dunn’s School of Los Olivos, which received $15,000 to refresh its network infrastructure on its upper campus; Santa Ynez Valley Charter School, which received $9,000 to help cover the cost of 25 iPads and iPad cases for use by its kindergarten through fourth grade classes; and St. Louis de Montfort School in Santa Maria, which received $15,000 to purchase 49 Chromebooks for its Tech for Tikes program (serving kindergarten and transitional kindergarten classrooms) and fifth-grade students.

The application deadline for the 2022-2023 school year is April 30, 2022 and all applications must be submitted online at www.santaynezchumash.org.

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians has donated more than $25 million to hundreds of groups, organizations and schools in the community and across the country as part of the long tradition of giving from the tribe. To learn more about the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation and its giving programs, visit www.santaynezchumash.org.

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