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50th Anniversary Year Kick-Off

Updated: Feb 29

Summer Solstice Celebration held their 50th Anniversary Kick-Off Mixer at Legacy Art SB on Saturday, November 18th.

Along with music, tasty bites and beverages, the group enjoyed live music, and belly dancing by Layla Duncan and a welcome by Crispin Barrymore, Legacy proprietor.

An important part of the evening included introducing their newly elected officers: Board President Justin Gunn; Secretary Ron Burd; and Treasurer David Machacek as well as new board members Karen Ortiz and Sharon Rich.

Justin Gunn is a career news and documentary producer/director and a prolific artist/maker with a deep passion for parades and festivals. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his multi-year documentary series covering the Burning Man festival and was featured in the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in 2018 for his documentary, A Solstice in Santa Barbara.

Ron Burd, a local attorney who “supports the various culture for creating art”, will be stepping up to the role of Secretary.

David Machacek, who served the Board as Interim President when Solstice Board President Stacie Bouffard stepped down in September, has been elected the new Treasurer. David empowers small business owners to generate success through bookkeeping and QuickBooks consulting services.

In addition to new officers, Solstice welcomes new board members Karen Ortiz and Sharon Rich.

Karen Ortiz is a third-generation Santa Barbara native with some 30 years of development experience as a volunteer, board member and staff member serving nonprofits and the banking industry across the Central Coast.

Sharon Rich, Friends of State Street founder and President, former Executive Director of YMCA, secured a donation of five acres of land to establish the first YMCA facility within a new 350-acre community development in Camarillo, California, in addition to decades of experience in community engagement.

2024 Theme:

The 2024 50th Anniversary theme was also recently announced and will be Flights of Fantasy! Find out details and consider submitting artwork for the annual poster and t-shirt contest on-line.

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