The United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County (UBGC) are preparing to wrap up the year with the Great Futures Gala, 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Rosewood Miramar Chandelier Ballroom.

Title sponsor of this year’s event is the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.

Dress for the gala will be cocktail attire and guests are encouraged to wear their favorite shade of blue as UBGC is known for its sky blue logo. Guests will enjoy a three-course meal provided by this year’s dinner sponsor Exxon Mobile Corporation.

“This is the final event of the calendar year and a great way to celebrate all the incredible accomplishments of our organization and see a glimpse of what to expect in 2020,” said CEO Michael Baker.

UBGC will be honoring one of their top supporters with the Jim Crook Service to Youth Award. The award is named in honor of past president Jim Crook and his efforts to raise money and awareness of the organization. Each year UBGC picks one person to receive the award, which is the highest honor the organization bestows on one of its volunteers.

The event will also offer a look at all UBGC has achieved, sharing numbers of growth, 2020 expectations and plans for Camp Whittier.

“The Great Futures Gala is an important fundraiser for our organization,” said Tony Vallejo, UBGC Board president. “The funds we raise here are crucial for our clubs and staff to continue to help and nurture the children of our community. We are looking forward to another great event and greatly appreciate the support we receive.”

To learn more about the gala and available sponsorships, visit or call 805-681-1315.

— Tina Ballue for United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County.