Storyteller Children’s Center (Literally) Delivers On Their 7th Annual Lunch With Love Event

By Giving List Staff   |   April 16, 2021

Raising funds on behalf of the therapeutic school for homeless toddlers and preschoolers, Storyteller staff, board and volunteers delivered 140 lunches (serving 560 people) to the doorsteps of would-be event guests.

Storyteller Children’s Center held its 7th annual Lunchbox Luncheon this week. As a result of pandemic circumstances, this is the second time the non-profit pivoted from an in-person event to deliver lunch to patrons and donors over a four day period. 

Participants received a delicious lunch by Duo and Mission Rose Pasta, which included a choice between homemade vegan soup, chicken noodle soups or fresh pasta. All lunches served a family of four and included freshly baked bread and a bottle of Grenache from Babcock winery.

“Storyteller’s Lunch with Love has been a great success due to incredible community involvement,” noted Storyteller Development Director, Adrienne DeGuevara.”With the support of volunteers, board members and sponsors, we’ve been able to engage long-standing donors and engage new ones. “

As a special bonus, each lunch purchase included an automatic raffle entry to win an original piece of artwork from Pedro De La Cruz, who created the celebrated Montecito Strong bear and whose artwork famously drew a $100,000 auction bid at the Storyteller Children’s Center Gala in 2018.

“While we’re eager to gather again, we are happy to partake in this effort for a second year,” noted Storyteller board member Erinn Lynch. “It offers a much-needed touchpoint with the people who support our Storyteller children and families. These ‘soul food’ lunches are delivered with gratitude and an acknowledged bond as we work together to take care of our community, despite pandemic circumstances.” 

About Storyteller: Founded in 1988, Storyteller is a full-time, therapeutic school program that supports children ages 18 months to 5 years in achieving kindergarten readiness. In addition to the approximate 80 students served per year, Storyteller also provides assistance to the entire family unit, with an emphasis on breaking the cycle of poverty for the working poor while preparing children to successfully enter kindergarten.

 

Storyteller Children’s Center

Mission

Storyteller is a therapeutic preschool that serves children and their families toward “Kindergarten Readiness.”
Storyteller serves Santa Barbara’s poorest families, those living below or close to the poverty guideline and who also meet the Federal definition of homeless. This segment of our community may have difficulty accessing and paying for quality preschool.

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The Key Component is Love

“The children and families of Storyteller are working against long odds. At Storyteller, we help families draw upon their own strengths to address their challenges and lay the groundwork for success. The key component is love, expertly delivered. Our teachers support children in their social and emotional growth, helping them to develop the skills necessary in both school and in life. Storyteller meets the needs of the whole family, and we could not do this without the tremendous financial support of our community.”
– Jon Clark, Storyteller Board Member and Donor since 2002

Board of Directors

Dr. Patricia Madrigal, President
Michael Wasserman, Vice President
Danna McGrew , Treasurer
​Erinn Lynch, Secretary
​Jon Clark
Jennifer GIllon Duffy
Gretchen Horn
Sharon Kayser
Anna Kokotovic
Lizzie Peus
Ken Radtkey
Kyra Rogers
Molly Seguel
Kenny Slaught
Rachael Stein
Carrie Towbes
Craig Zimmerman

Advisory Board

Tiffany Foster, Chair
Kathleen Baushke
Ed & Sue Birch
Kim Blankenhorn
Kim Busch
Tim Casey
William Cirone
Michele Cuttler
Julie Farrell
Elizabeth Gabler
Yvette Giller
Marisa Grimes
Mary Howe-Grant
Chelsea Lancaster
Kristin Linehan
Patty MacFarlane
Alixe Mattingly
Carrie Randolph
Joanne Rapp
Julia Rodgers
Rick Roney
Jo Saxon
J.P. Sharp
Belinda Zola