Posted on September 27, 2021
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The organizing sponsor of the Santa Barbara Foundation, with historical sponsor Montecito Bank & Trust, and additional sponsors Noozhawk and Bryant & Sons, Ltd. .
Both will be honored for their volunteer contributions and service to the community at a free virtual recognition event on October 6. In 2022, the Santa Barbara Foundation, hoping it will be safer to come together at a big party, will invite the community to celebrate in person the 2020, 2021 and 2022 winners.
âKudos to John Daly and Judy Stapelmann as the 78th person of the year,â said Jackie Carrera, President and CEO of the Santa Barbara Foundation. âIt is community stewards like these who inspire us all to give more of our time, effort and talents to contribute to our great region. We cannot thank them enough.
The first men and women of the year were Harold Chase in 1942 and Pearl Chase in 1956.
Recent recipients include Tom Parker, Catherine Remak, Outstanding Couple, Michael & Marni Cooney, David Boyd, Jelinda DeVorzon, Ernesto Paredes, Joni Meisel, Janet Garufis, Jon Clark, Steve Lyons, Carol Palladini, Bill Cirone, Anne Smith Towbes, Ken Saxon, Patricia MacFarlane, Clifford W. Sponsel, Gerd Jordano, Cliff Lambert, as well as Ed Birch and Vicki Hazard. See the complete list of all past recipients.
The winners listed in alphabetical order.
âJohn Daly has proven to be one of the most remarkable leaders and members of the Santa Barbara community,â said nominator Catherine Remak, former recipient and radio show host. âSince he and his family took up residence in Santa Barbara in 1991, his commitment to philanthropy has made a significant difference in the lives of many residents, especially the youth. “
John Daly and his family moved to Santa Barbara in 1991. He dedicated his time to helping others while serving on the boards of directors of United Way of Santa Barbara County, Partners in Education, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), the Anti-Defamation League, the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, the Fighting Back Mentor program and countless backstage supporters.
John finds joy in volunteering, especially when it comes to mentoring. He has mentored nine young and young men from Santa Barbara ranging in age from toddlers to men in their thirties, and he stays in close contact with each of them. He started 11 years ago as a court-appointed special advocate for CASA, mentoring foster children outside of his additional mentoring work.
âJohn founded two organizations – Key Class and Social Skills of America – to address what he saw as an inability of young people to interview with confidence and have the skills to be successful in their careers,â noted nominator Catherine Brozowski , Executive Director of the Audacious Foundation. “He recognizes that students lacked soft skills to navigate their career paths and designed these programs to fill those gaps.”
For John’s work with the Fighting Back Mentor program, he received the Penny Jenkins Mentor Championship Award. And despite COVID-19, it still presents itself – albeit virtually – to those it serves.
Nominators Christine and Robert Emmons said, âJohn exemplifies the essential leadership qualities for a thriving Santa Barbara County community. His experience, dedication and creative entrepreneurial spirit make him the perfect choice for the Person of the Year.
John’s background has led him to have a successful career creating large-scale events for international companies and other world-renowned special events.
âFor nearly 50 years, Judy Stapelmann has been giving back to the Santa Barbara community through her extraordinary commitment to volunteerism, community service and philanthropy,â said nominator Sherry Madsen, former vice president of development for Planned Parenthood California Central Coast. âIt has strengthened the health, education and environmental sectors in our community.
Judy Stapelmann has been a staunch advocate for the community for five decades. Her work began with Planned Parenthood California Central Coast (PPCCC) in the 1970s as a volunteer counselor and escort in their health center.
Over the years, her work deepened with the PPCCC when she became a member of the Board of Directors. Her passion for improving access to family planning, sexual health services and sex education, especially for low-income adolescents and young women. In 1999, the PPCCC recognized Judy for her volunteerism with the Jean K. Schuyler Award.
Judy’s impact goes beyond supporting the PPCCC. She has been deeply involved in organizations such as the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Land Trust for Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, Environmental Defense Center, Wilding Museum, UCSB Foundation and Santa Barbara Foundation.
With a degree in marine biology and a constant interest in the ocean, Judy cares deeply about the Santa Barbara Canal, the beaches and the surrounding environment.
âFor at least twenty years, Judy has been a powerful and generous ally for our local and marine environment, supporting our mission and initiatives and serving as an ambassador for the community at large,â said Owen Bailey, Executive Director of the ‘Environmental Defense Center.
Judy’s work, both volunteer and philanthropic, has had an extraordinary impact on our region. She has served in so many capacities and many campaigns for the betterment of Santa Barbara.
âJudy is a dedicated steward of the environment in Santa Barbara County, as evidenced by her many contributions of time and financial support not only to the Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, but also to the Maritime Museum, Environmental Defense Center. and the Wildling Museum, among others. “, shared nominator Kira Redmond, former executive director of Santa Barbara Channelkeeper.” She is also committed to important social causes like women’s reproductive health, as evidenced by her steadfast commitment as a volunteer and major donor to Planned Parenthood. She generously gives of her time, money and experience to all of these organizations and has contributed so much to so many organizations that work hard to improve the quality of life for all people in Santa Barbara.
John and Judy will be recognized for their efforts at a free virtual recognition ceremony. To RSVP, please visit https://bit.ly/78PYAwards.
About the Santa Barbara Foundation
The Santa Barbara Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in Santa Barbara County for all who live, work, play and visit here. By working in partnership with individuals, community organizations, nonprofits and government, we strive to meet the most difficult needs of our communities. Recognizing that our work depends on the strength of the nonprofit sector, we are committed to its health and vitality.
Almost all of Santa Barbara County’s essential nonprofits and community projects have been supported by the Foundation over its 93-year history. The Foundation connects those who give with those in need – and all those who dream of stronger communities. To learn more, please visit SBFoundation.org.
Jordan Killebrew is Director of Communications for the Santa Barbara Foundation.