Westerlay Orchids president Toine Overgaag, center, presents a donation check to Casey Balch for the Carpinteria Education Foundation, along with, from left, Paige Harmon, Nicole Butiong and Jennifer Gaecke.   

Carrying on a rich tradition of community outreach and support, Westerlay Orchids has donated over $18,000 to the Carpinteria Education Foundation (CEF) which provides funding for programs in the Carpinteria Unified School District. 

The sum is a week of Westerlay’s retail shop proceeds (Aug. 30 – Sept. 6), raised as part of the lead-up to Carp-a-Cabana, CEF’s annual benefit dinner. Westerlay, a second-generation, family-owned business is well known for its orchids and is a rising star in business philanthropy. In recent years, Westerlay has donated to local non-profits, CEF, the Cancer Research Center of Santa Barbara and 17q12 Foundation.  

“Along with a deep commitment to environmental sustainability, we pride ourselves on impactful community outreach,” said Toine Overgaag, Westerlay’s owner and president. “We would not be where we are today without a strong local network behind us. This community’s success is our success—we both grow and thrive when we work together—and CEF is doing a great deal to ensure that Santa Barbara’s next generation gets the support and resources they need to make an impact.”  

CEF will use the donation to provide scholarship opportunities and other essential resources to students in partnership with CUSD schools. “We are so fortunate to have Toine and Kandie Overgaag’s support yet again,” said Casey Balch, president of CEF. “Their generosity has enabled students to study arts and STEM/STEAM at our local elementary which would otherwise not have been available to them.”


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