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The goal of the United for Literacy Initiative is to: Improve the on-time graduation rate and the number of students reading at or above grade level by 50% This countywide effort is led by the United Ways of Santa Barbara County. UFL is a multi-stage strategy utilizing proven effective programs (Born Learning, Imagination Library, Reading Plus) to work toward the 10 year goal of improving the ontime graduation rates and increasing the number of students reading at grade level. The UFL initiative is a result of National research, United Way, and local the Power of Partnership (POPI) community engagement project that included participation from over 5,300 individuals and 230 organizations.

IMAGINE --- $1 per week provides a new age appropriate book delivered to the home of a preschooler every month, or a student access to Reading Plus, for an entire year; as well as the volunteer corps needed to promote and administer the program and interact with the families‌. IMAGINE: The impact your gift can have on the future of our communities’ workforce!


As President of the the Northern Santa Barbara County United Way it is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 2010 Mayors’ Ball. This has been a challenging and exciting year as we have continued to build on our Live United efforts. Our focus on education, family financial stability, and health programs continues to improve lives and create a better community for all of us. Our economy has created greater challenges than we could have ever anticipated. Thanks to our Board, the UW staff and our generous volunteers we have been able to make an impact in the lives or our friends and neighbors far greater that I could have possibly imagined. We are working with limited financial resources and increasing needs, so I am proud of what we have accomplished. We remain confident the United Way will continue to creatively meet the needs of those we serve. Tonight our focus is on our United for Literacy Initiative. We believe that by improving literacy we will help build more productive and fulfilling lives. This important project will benefit not only the participants but all of us who call Northern Santa Barbara County our home. Our extraordinary volunteers are an inspiration to all of us. Once again I salute each of you who commit your time, talent and money as we continue to transform our Live United campaign from a concept to reality. Thank you for joining us for the 2010 Mayors’ Ball. Together we will continue to change lives for the better.

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Master of Ceremonies - Steve Lavagnino


Sandra Dickerson, President Northern Santa Barbara County United Way


Eddie Taylor, CEO Northern Santa Barbara County United Way


Santa Maria Country Club


Tony Gonzales



The Honorable Mayors

Victoria Pointer- City of Buellton Lupe Alvarez - City of Guadalupe Cecilia Martner - Mayor Pro Tem - City of Lompoc Larry Lavagnino - City of Santa Maria Jim Richardson - City of Solvang

Thank You To Our Sponsors Platinum

ExxonMobil Production Company Pacific Gas and Electric Reading Plus/The Ware Group Santa Maria Chamber Visitors & Convention Bureau Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians


Assessments USA Acciona Energy BMW of Santa Maria Heritage Oaks Bank KSBY Your People Professionals Moats Laser & Skincare Santa Maria Country Club

Thank You To Our Donors

A La Carte Melinda Aguirre Albertsons Andre Lavender Farm Altrusa International of the Central Coast Altrusa of Santa Maria Artiste Winery Gary Brandes Boathouse Restaurant City of Santa Maria Recreation & Parks Department Company’s Coming Custom Workout Amy Curti Robert & Sandra Dickerson Sharon Duncan Elks Lodge Lynn & Richard Fernbaugh Jim Glines Gold Coast Art & Frames

Guadalupe Chamber of Commerce Hadsten House Inn & Spa Merrill Gardens Moats Laser & Skin Care Jewelry by Shannon Morrison One Way Board Shop PCPA Tres Hermanas Winery Danny George Landscape Jim & Kelly O’Neil Santa Barbara Skydive Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce Stella & Dot Jewelry Hattie Stoddard Sunstone Vineyard The Towbes Group Trattoria Uliveto Tres Hermanas Winery

Twitchell &Rice Estate Planning

For years I’ve described excellence in this way with the acronym CRED

C. is for caring more than others think is practical R. is for risking more than others think is safe E. is for expecting more than others think is probable D. is for dreaming more than others think is possible This year, I took the advice of a colleague, and added I B L E to complete a theme CREDIBLE

I. for pursuing the impossible B. for believing in the power of change L. for leadership at all levels of the community, AND E. for everyone has a stake in the outcome BY LIVING UNITED, WE ARE ALL MAKING A CREDIBLE DIFFERENCE IN THE FUTURE OF OUR COMMUNITIES! Because we care at United Way, we took the risk of realigning our organization to impact more lives through early childhood education and asset building strategies that give people the opportunity to have a better life. Three years ago we launched the Financial Stability Services Partnership and today along with our partners, we are working together to provide volunteer income tax assistance and access to asset building strategies. That includes partners from the nonprofit, for-profit, government and the academic sectors. This year we will continue to enhance that effort with financial literacy initiatives. This year we began to focus on our education goals with the launch of the United for Literacy Initiative. The three programs which form the foundation of UFL are Born Learning, The Imagination Library and Reading Plus- a proven program designed to improve reading skills, comprehension, and test scores of students from the third grade through adulthood. Our goal is to increase the high school graduation rate by improving school readiness and literacy. You see, your local United Way is a small organization that tries to dream more than others think is possible. Of course, dreams are seldom made a reality without strong support. In closing, I want to thank the Board of Directors, the staff, the volunteers, the donors and each of you here tonight for your willingness to embrace the vision of a better future. You exemplify what you’ve often heard me say: “If we all do a little, we will accomplish great things together.” Thank you for being literacy champions for United Way and for our community.

Eddie Taylor, CEO Northern Santa Barbara County United Way

Thank You For Supporting the United For Literacy Initiative!

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Thank You To Our Organizing Committee Bodil Cudd

Chair, North County Mayors Ball 2010 & SMV Humane Society

Diane Alleman-Stevens Altrusa

Jennifer Biely

Santa Maria Country Club

Johnna Clark

NSBC United Way

Terri Lee Coleman Sandra Dickerson

Your People Professionals & NSBC United Way President

Lynn Fernbaugh

Your People Professionals

Wendy Hudson

City of Santa Maria

Lauren Johnston

SMV Humane Society

Vonnie Stewart

SMV Humane Society

And a Final Thank You Photography

Heidi Gruetzemacher


BEAUJOLAIS Candlelight Strings Liz Douglas & Jim Enos & Bob Nations

Master of Ceremonies Steve Lavagnino


Tony Gonzales

The Mayors of Northern Santa Barbara County

Thank You To The Santa Maria Country Club For All You Have Contributed To The Success of Our 2010 Mayors’ Ball!

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