Presidio Sports, SB Brew Co. recognized at City Hall

Presidio Sports and Santa Barbara Brewing Company were recognized at the Santa Barbara Parks & Recreation Commission meeting at City Hall on Wednesday for providing scholarship money to the Junior Lifeguard Program.

A joint-promotional effort during football season between Presidio Sports and the Brew Co. was able to raise enough for two full scholarships to the youth program this summer.

Commission Chair Lesley Wiscomb issued certificates for Community Service Recognition.

“Tonight it’s with great gratitude that we recognize Presidio Sports … and the Santa Barbara Brewing Company for their incredible support of important local youth aquatic programming,” said City Aquatics Director Rich Hanna.

“NFL Picks for Charity” asked local celebrities to predict the winners of NFL games. Each correct pick triggered a $5 donation to the scholarship fund. The participating celebrities were simultaneously able to publicize a cause or local event important to them.

Local celebrities included athletes such as professional surfer Lakey Peterson, Olympic Gold Medalist Todd Rogers, and MLB pitcher Dylan Axelrod. Other community stars in the mix were KJEE’s Phat J, KEYT’s Mike Klan, The Independent’s John Zant, and musician DJ Curly.

Also recognized at the Commission meeting were five volunteers from the Santa Barbara Lawns Bowl Club. Dale Jackson, Lucille Jackson, Carol Smith, Jess Jessum and Lee Schmedes were introduced by Jason Bryan.

“The Santa Barbara Lawn Bowls Club is administrated by volunteers who oversee virtually all aspects of the club’s operation and maintenance,” Bryan said. “While every member volunteers in some way, these five individuals this evening have been instrumental in bringing life and vitality into the club that we’d like to give special recognition.”

Tony Cunningham, current president of the club, also spoke a few words.

“These are just a few of the volunteers but they are the cream of the crop,” Cunningham said.

Located at Spencer Adams Park, the club was established in 1937.

The ceremony and meeting was televised on Public Access Channel 18 and can be viewed online HERE.