Thursday, July 19 , 2018, 8:49 am | Overcast 66º


Sunni Thomas Honored With CALM’s Claire Miles Award

Sunni Thomas Click to view larger
Sunni Thomas

The CALM Auxiliary has presented the 2017-18 Claire Miles Award to Sunni Thomas. The award is given for outstanding dedicated service to the CALM children of Santa Barbara County

CALM’s programs help prevent child abuse, and treat children and families who have suffered from violence and abuse.

Thomas became involved with the CALM Auxiliary in 1990. As an advocate for Child Help, a national organization, she said she was drawn to CALM for the work it does serving local children in the community.

Thomas was integral in the creation of a program called the Sunshine Fund, wherein therapists request specific needs for clients that are being treated, CALM said.

Those requests have ranged from summer camp program fees to a sports team uniforms, a pair of new prescription eyeglasses to a chest of drawers or desk for a child’s room.

These needs are fulfilled on a case-by-case basis by the Sunshine Fund, and Thomas has served as the chairman since its inception almost 20 years ago, CALM said.

Thomas and her husband Ray have been financially supporting of CALM and the CALM Auxiliary’s Authors Luncheon since she became involved in 1990.

"She is truly dedicated to the children in Santa Barbara County," CALM said.

Ever since CALM’s founder, Claire Miles, began working to prevent child abuse in Santa Barbara in 1969, the CALM Auxiliary has been instrumental in helping sustain CALM's legacy.

The auxiliary raises additional financial support and community awareness through projects and events, such as the Annual Celebrity Authors Luncheon, allowing the organization to grow and continue to serve those who need it the most.

CALM’s mission is to prevent childhood trauma, heal children and families, and build resilient communities throughout Santa Barbara County. For more information, call 965-2376 or visit

— D’Arcy R. Cornwall for CALM Auxiliary.


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 >