Legends Gala

Legends Gala 2023

On Saturday, September 16, 2023 the Granada Theatre will host its seventh annual Legends Gala honoring local legends who, through lifetime achievement, have illuminated and advanced the performing arts in a significant way. This year’s honorees include:

Brooks and Kate Firestone – Philanthropists
Ensemble Theatre Company at the New Vic – Cultural Organization
Fannie Flagg – Artist

The elegant black-tie banquet is hosted on the stage of the historic Granada Theatre overlooking the magnificent auditorium. The program for the evening includes live entertainment, a gourmet three-course dinner featuring local fare, wines and signature cocktails, and the “Legends Awards” to celebrate and pay tribute to the distinguished honorees.

Legends Gala Committee

Anne Smith Towbes and Merryl Snow Zegar, Co-Chairs

Leslie Bains
Meg Burnham
Brooks Firestone
Audrey Hillman Fisher
Marc Normand Gelinas
Erin Graffy de Garcia
Susan Gulbransen
Deirdre Hade Arntz
Gretchen Lieff
Joan Rutkowski

Thank you to our generous 2023 sponsors!

In-Kind Sponsors
Fess Parker Winery and Vineyard
La Lieff Winery
Babcock Winery and Vineyard
Dan and Meg Burnham
Brooks and Kate Firestone

Roger and Sarah Chrisman
Audrey and Tim Fisher
Zegar Family Foundation

William and Deirdre Arntz
Leslie and Harrison Bains
Michael and Tracy Bollag
Gary and Susan Gulbransen
Danial and Mandy Hochman
Ann Jackson Family Foundation
Joan Rutkowski
Sharol and Wayne Siemens
Anne Smith Towbes
Les and Zora Charles
Peter and Gerd Jordano
Mosher Foundation
Santa Barbara Foundation
Nancy Schlosser
Mark and Maria Schmidt
Linda Stafford Burrows

Tim and Louise Casey
Cottage Hospital
Roberta Griffin and Michael Annese
Stina Hans and Joel Kreiner
Peter Kellogg
Michael and Amy Mayfield
Rick Oshay and Teresa Kuskey
Chuck and Missy Sheldon
Trudy Smith
Carol Vernon and Robert Turbin

Past Legends Honorees

The 2022 Legends Honorees
Joan and Palmer Jackson – Philanthropists
State Street Ballet – Cultural Organization
Allen Sides – Artist

The 2019 Legends Honorees
Dan and Meg Burnham – Philanthropists
Opera Santa Barbara – Cultural Organization
Carol Burnett – Artist

2018 Legends Honorees
Sara Miller McCune – Philanthropist
Santa Barbara Symphony – Cultural Organization
Kenny Loggins – Artist

2017 Legends Honorees
Anne and Michael* Towbes – Philanthropists
Music Academy – Cultural Organization
Marilyn Horne – Artist

2016 Legends Honorees
Irma and Morrie Jurkowitz – Philanthropists
UCSB Arts & Lectures – Cultural Organization
Christopher Lloyd – Artist

2015 Legends Honorees
Sarah and Roger Chrisman – Philanthropists
CAMA – Cultural Organization
Barry DeVorzon – Artist