Ventura Investment staff present United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County, Carpinteria Unit with wish list donations at the club’s Gold Card Ceremony on Sept. 28.

The Ventura Investment Company, communty supporter of United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County (UBGC), donated a plethora of wish list gifts to the Carpinteria Unit on Friday, Sept. 28. Ventura Investment was motivated to donate gifts after staff participated in a UBGC Corporate Playdate in August. “Ventura Investment Co. is so proud to give to Boys and Girls Clubs throughout the tri-counties, and to see their outstanding work with our youth,” said Krystle Botwinick, community relations director.

Ventura Investment revealed the wish list gifts at a Gold Card Ceremony that honored club members who have attended the Carpinteria Unit for 105 days this year. Club members were thrilled to see the gifts that included a foosball table, board games, arts & crafts and school supplies.

“Seeing our club members interact with the staff from Ventura Investment during the corporate playdate was priceless,” said Michael Baker, CEO for UBGC. “Seeing those same Ventura Investment employees come back a couple of weeks later to present our members with items from their wish list was incredible.”  

Corporate Playdates are 90-minute events that give companies and community members the opportunity to see their donations and contributions to UBGC in action. Participants are paired up with club kids for activities like team bonding, research projects in the tech center, art activities and games room challenges. “It’s a time for adults to become club kids, mentor them and see firsthand their impact of spending quality time in a club,” wrote Tina Ballue, UBGC director of special events.

To learn more about UBGC Corporate Playdates, contact Erynn Wanek at or (805) 681-1315.

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