75th Man & Woman of the Year

The 76th Man & Woman of the Year Awards Luncheon will be on Wednesday, September 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Coral Casino. Tickets go on sale July 29. We encourage all community members to submit nominations for the 76th Man & Woman of the Year Awards. Nominations are open April 29 through June 7.


Ernesto Paredes and Joni Meisel are the 75th Man & Woman of the Year!


Ernesto Paredes and Joni Meisel are the 75th Man & Woman of the Year and were honored on September 5th at the Coral Casino. Click the picture to learn more about the recipients at Noozhawk.com.

In the video above, Ronald V Gallo, President & CEO of the Santa Barbara Foundation; Ken Saxon, Founder of Leading From Within; Victoria Juarez, Executive Director of Girls Inc. Carpinteria; Alana Walczak, Executive Director of CALM; Jon Clark, Executive Director of James S. Bower Foundation, share their admiration and thoughts on Ernesto Paredes and Joni Meisel (who also share their shock on winning the award), Santa Barbara’s 75th Man & Woman of the Year!

The Man & Woman of the Year awards honor extraordinary service and voluntarism in Santa Barbara. Past recipients of the award served Santa Barbara and strengthened the community by mentoring children, caring for people in need, responding in time of disaster, and promoting education.

Thank you to all that nominated a Santa Barbara resident whose service represents a meaningful commitment to the community, addressed a real community need or enhanced the quality of life in Santa Barbara, or has involved acts of generosity, kindness, or innovation.

The selection committee, comprised of past recipients, voted on August 15 and selected Ernesto Paredes and Joni Meisel as the 75th Man & Woman of the Year on August 15. Learn more about the recipients at Noozhawk.com.


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Past Recipients

MAN OF THE YEAR | Harold Chase | L. Stuart Wing | Patrick Maher | Sidney McFarland | Donald Welch | Edwin Welch | James Van Etta | Thomas M. Storke | Warner Edmonds | Duncan MacDougall | Richard Polsky | Dwight Murphy | Francis Price, Sr. | George Castagnola | Charles A. Storke | Edgar Robinson | John Parma | Reuben Irvin | John S. Rathbone | David Siebert | Clark Sargeant | Michael Lemus | Russell Bell | Louis Lancaster | H.O. Koefod | John Timmons | Arnold Jacquemain | John Rickard | Courtney Monsen | Elmer Shirrell | Stanley Lowry | Leonard Kummer | Milton Weinstein | Selmer O. Wake | Bruce O’Neal | Charles Stearns | Hildahl Burtness | Charles Panoyan | George Adams | Jerry Harwin | Donald Phillips | Ralph McNall | Richard Arbagey | David Shiffman | Wallace Drew | Sid Smith | Larry Crandell | Virgil Cordano | David Medina | Donald Anderson | Gil Garcia | Cliff Lambert | Michael Towbes | Robert Kallman | Eli Luria | Palmer Jackson | Pierre Claeyssens | Stanley Bartlett | Peter MacDougall | George Bliss | Bob Bryant | David Anderson | Marshall Rose | James Hurley, Jr. | Richard Welch | Stephen M. Hicks | David L. Peri | Robert J. Emmons | Clifford W. Sponsel | Ken Saxon | Bill Cirone | Steve Lyons | Ed Birch | Jon Clark

WOMAN OF THE YEAR | Pearl Chase | Katherine Meeker Gray | Lotte Lehmann | Etta Glahn | Grace Meeker Lloyd | Alice Schott | Julia Forbes | Mary Perry | Sylvia Griffiths | Ardis Sloan Bryant | Deborah Pelissero | Winnie Lancaster | Ida Cordero | Lucy McReynolds | Annette Slavin | Yvonne Jordan | Emily Davis | Ada Schick Wing | Gertrude Calden | Mary Jo Miles | Anita Mackey | Eleanor Wright | Betty Rosness | Carolyn E. Ferguson | Lorraine Hoelscher | Louise Lowry Davis | Betty M. Groebli | Sheridah Porter | Lura Dolas | Alice Rypins | Mildred Pinheiro | Helen Pedotti | Barbara Tellefson | Vie Obern | Shirley Ann Hurley | Jeanne Graffy | Mary Standlee | Penny Jenkins | Cally Brennand | Gail Towbes | Patricia Dillon Bliss | Jean Schuyler |  Joanne Rapp | Jan Severson | Carnzu A. Clark | Sue Adams | Nancyann Failing | Leslie Ridley-Tree | Susan Miles Gulbransen | Léni Fé Bland | Patricia Caldwell Dow | Carol Doane | Maryan Schall | Jane Habermann | Gerd Jordano | Patricia MacFarlane | Anne Smith Towbes | Carol Palladini | Vicki Hazard | Janet Garufis