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"Goleta’s Finest" 2022 winners announced

Community Awards Gala will be held December 17 at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara
Posted at 8:05 AM, Dec 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-03 11:05:53-05

The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce, from Goleta to Carpinteria, announced the 2022 "Goleta’s Finest" award, winners.

"Goleta’s Finest" is a 72-year-old tradition honoring remarkable individuals whose contributions have enhanced the Goleta community.

“The Goleta community has a rich history of volunteerism and philanthropy, and we are eager to honor those individuals and organizations who have made such remarkable impacts in the community,” said Kristen Miller, president & CEO of the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce, in a press release.

The 2022 award recipients will be honored at a formal celebration on December 17, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara.

The evening will include dinner followed by the awards ceremony.

Tickets to attend Goleta’s Finest are $175 per person. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available online.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Chelsea Weininger, the events coordinator at

Here are the 2022 "Goleta’s Finest" award recipients:

  • Woman of the YearSachi Thompson 
  • Man of the Year – Brian Borgatello
  • Lifetime Achievement Recognition – Jean Blois
  • Educator of the Year – Dare Holdren
  • Students of the Year – Aaliyah and Bella Rubio
  • Volunteer of the Year – Jack Turney
  • Innovator of the Year - Santa Barbara County Co-Response Team
  • Non-Profit Organization of the Year - Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network
  • Special Recognition Award – Goleta Lemon Festival Volunteer Committee