Nominations are open now through Sept. 8 for 2023 Celebrate Philanthropy 2023 honorees. Santa Maria Valley community members can nominate any individual, couples, or family who, through direct service or financial support, have demonstrated outstanding civic and charitable work to make the Santa Maria Valley a better place.

Nominations for the 2023 Celebrate Philanthropy event may be submitted at

Holding their awards are the winners of the 2022 Celebrate Philanthropy awards are George and Deborah Adam, and Mike and Linda Cordero.
Winners of the 2022 Celebrate Philanthropy awards were George and Deborah Adam, and Mike and Linda Cordero. Credit: Courtesy photo

An independent committee representing Santa Maria Valley’s diverse communities will choose the 2023 Celebrate Philanthropy honorees.

Celebrate Philanthropy will be an in-person event, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Santa Maria Country Club.

The Santa Barbara Foundation is an organizing sponsor of Celebrate Philanthropy, and with an independent committee, coordinates the nominations process. For more information, visit

In 2022 Celebrate Philanthropy honored George and Deborah Adam and Mike and Linda Cordero.

The Adams give generously to Marian Regional Medical Center and are major contributors to local nonprofits including Allan Hancock College, Catholic Charities, and Santa Maria Discovery Museum.

They have volunteered throughout Santa Maria, including serving on the boards of the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, Growers Shippers Association of SLO and Santa Barbara Counties, among others.

Mike Cordero served as a Santa Maria police officer for 39 years before serving on the City Council. Linda Cordero was a staff member or member of the School Board of the Santa Maria-Bonita School District for 50 years.

Individuals or community organizations interested in sponsoring the 2023 Celebrate Philanthropy awards and event, can contact Kevin Kuga at or call 805-963-1873.

To learn more about the Santa Barbara Foundation, visit