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Dear Friend of the Patrons,

2016 was another extraordinary year for the Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons. We have the most incredible, dedicated and tireless executive director in CathyAnn Simon. She’s been at the helm for nearly sixteen years. And we have an incredible board of directors who provide great direction.

2016 was the year of “More!”

  • More kids reached (over 6,500) through our schools’ programs
  • More equipment left with the schools to keep tennis alive in their PE programs
  • More funds raised to keep the Santa Barbara City College men’s team alive – thank you John Sanford for your successful efforts.
  • With the support and collaboration of the Bryan Brothers Foundation we were able to send more kids to both Davis Cup in Portland and to Indian Wells BNP tournament.
  • We provided more scholarships for our Saturday Clinics
  • Our free Summer Mentorship camp had 30 participants, including 10 from the Westside Boys Club.  The Camp was run by over 20 student volunteers from the SB Aces, our community service high school group.
  • Fifteen Aces helped coach the Santa Barbara Special Olympics tennis team weekly practice and were also involved in Special Olympics Tennis Classic.

The list could go on. Since you have the option to direct your donation to specific programs or our general funds, it’s important to know what the Tennis Patron’s mission is, and what are our immediate and long term use of funds. Our mission is to teach children, from Goleta to Carpinteria, life skills through the sport of a life time – tennis!

Our short-term goal is to maintain, enhance and refine our existing programs. Our primary focus continues to be on our Schools program. It successfully reaches the most children in the most cost effective manner and is a successful feeder into our other programs. We are looking to expand the number of schools, instructors and leave behind more equipment for each school. We are looking to expand the participation in our low-cost weekend clinics that we partner with the cities of Santa Barbara and Carpinteria – providing more scholarships and equipment to those in need as well.

Long term, we’d ultimately like to establish an endowment that can fund all our programs. To achieve this goal, we need a whole new approach to our fund-raising efforts and that is something the board is looking forward to establish. It’s important to let you know our goals and ambitions, even if long term goals aren’t articulated right now. But it can’t happen if we don’t put it out there and ask for your help – and your input. We’d love to hear from you. Thank you in advance for your generous contribution.

Elizabeth A. Winterhalter, President

CathyAnn Simon, Executive Director