Wednesday, July 18 , 2018, 3:59 pm | Mostly Cloudy 72º


Chumash Charity Golf Classic to Benefit Westside Boys & Girls Club

Proceeds from the Aug. 16 event will provide a much-needed financial boost for the Santa Barbara nonprofit

The eighth annual Chumash Charity Golf Classic will tee off Aug. 16 at the Alisal River Course in Santa Ynez, and, for the first time in its history, all proceeds from the tournament will go to one organization — the Westside Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara.

Since its inaugural event in 2004, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians’ annual golf tournament has raised more than $650,000 for local charities and nonprofits. Last year, the event raised $90,000, and the tribe split the proceeds among three community organizations.

This year, the sole beneficiary will be the Westside Boys & Girls Club, which has faced serious budget concerns and has struggled to keep its doors open for the hundreds of local children it serves daily in a volatile neighborhood associated with gang activity.

“Each year, we look to recognize an organization that shares our tribe’s level of commitment to the community,” tribal chairman Vincent Armenta said. “The Westside Boys & Girls Club in Santa Barbara is a vital resource for the hundreds of children it serves, and it also faces a substantial financial burden. We hope the proceeds from this year’s Chumash Charity Golf Classic will help the club continue to provide a safe and positive environment for young people in the area.”

The United Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara, which oversees Westside and four other clubs, shared its dire financial woes earlier this year, suggesting cuts to program funding and employee payroll that would devastate the Westside club, which already faces its own budget deficit.

Giving all the proceeds of the golf tournament to the Westside Boys & Girls Club helps the tribe provide a significant contribution to an important community organization, but it also serves as an opportunity to spotlight the hard work of club director Madga Arroyo and the need for a stable and healthy environment in the troubled neighborhood.

“The weight of the battle gets so heavy, and sometimes I think it’s a little more than I can handle,” said Arroyo, who is in her third year as the club’s director. “That’s how I was feeling until I got the call from the Chumash about this charity golf tournament. When they told me, I cried. I thought, ‘Wow, someone is listening.’ It makes you feel better and gives you the power to keep going.”

Arroyo left a long, lucrative career in banking three years ago to become the director of the club that served her friends and family when she grew up on Santa Barbara’s Westside. It’s an area associated with gang activity, but the single mother of three children and her staff of volunteers have worked hard to provide group activities, innovative programs, field trips and a safe environment for the 200 children who visit the club daily.

“United Santa Barbara helps us survive, but it’s up to us to find ways to flourish,” Arroyo said. “Knowing we can keep providing the services we offer is a big deal, but a gift like this helps us think about how we can take this club to the next level. I want to find a way to honor the tribe for their help. Maybe the best way to do that is to show them the lives that they’re changing. These kids are amazing.”

For more information on entering a foursome into the Chumash Charity Golf Classic or sponsoring a tee, call foundation administrator Veronica Sandoval at 805.686.3856.

Through its foundation, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians has donated more than $16 million to hundreds of groups, organizations and schools in the community and across the nation as part of the Chumash’s long-standing tradition of giving. Click here to find out more about the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation and its giving programs.

— Mike Traphagen is a public relations specialist for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.


Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through Stripe below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Enter your email
Select your membership level

Payment Information

You are purchasing:

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >