10 Years of Giving Back

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is proud of its tradition of giving and the significant impact its foundation has had on nonprofits throughout the community.

The tribe’s showcase fundraiser, the annual Chumash Charity Golf Classic, enters its 10th year in 2014. To celebrate the milestone, this year’s Chumash Charity Golf Classic will benefit four well-deserving nonprofits – Court Appointed Special Advocates of Santa Barbara (CASA), Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network, Lompoc Family YMCA and the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara.

“What once started simply as a fundraising idea has grown into an annual event that has poured $850,000 into local nonprofits that serve vital roles in Santa Barbara County,” said Tribal Chairman Vincent Armenta. “This year, the proceeds from our golf tournament will go to four nonprofits that do great work and touch different areas of our county.”

Here’s a look at the beneficiaries of this year’s Chumash Charity Golf Classic, which will be held July 30:


The goal of Court Appointed Special Advocates of Santa Barbara County (CASA) is to prevent abused, neglected, and abandoned children from becoming lost in the foster-care system and working to find them safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. CASA works carefully to match a highly trained community volunteer with a foster child to ensure that the child’s best interest is served.

Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network

The Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network exists to support the present and future health of wildlife species and communities by providing quality rescue, treatment, rehabilitation and release services to injured, sick, oiled, orphaned and displaced wildlife. SBWCN also educates the public about the needs of at-risk wildlife, the challenges faced by wildlife in the region, and effective ways to help ensure the health and survival of wild animals.

Lompoc Family YMCA

The Lompoc Family YMCA mission is to strengthen the community through a variety of programming and membership opportunities. The main goal and outcome is making sure that no individual/family/child is ever turned away from the YMCA for the inability to pay.

Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara

The mission of Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The Club serves over 1,500 youth annually in the Santa Barbara area by providing kids a safe, supervised, affordable and professionally supervised place to go every day after school and throughout the entire summer.

Throughout its history, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians has donated more than $18 million to hundreds of groups, organizations and schools in the community and across the nation as part of the tribe’s long-standing tradition of giving. To learn more about the tribe’s foundation and its giving programs, visit

– Written by Mike Traphagan

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