Generous Gift of $1,000,000 from Brittingham Family Foundation includes a unique statue of Jerry Garcia’s hand.
Santa Barbara, California – The Board of Directors of the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation is pleased to announce a major gift of $1,000,000 from the Brittingham Family Foundation to rename the beautiful wooded entry area to the Bowl the Jerry Garcia Glen in memory of the legendary member of the Grateful Dead.
This generous gift helped renovate and reinvigorate the Glen, including native plantings indigenous to Santa Barbara that are compatible with the historic Pacific Oak trees, a new winding pathway to the concessions plaza, enhanced natural creek bed, gentle lighting and a spacious reception area. One additional element installed in the Glen is a statue of Jerry Garcia’s hand. Sitting atop one of the Bowl’s signature sandstone boulders, this statue is destined to become another historic symbol at this unique venue.
“The Santa Barbara Bowl is a centerpiece of life not only in Santa Barbara but in my family,” said Scott Brittingham, Chairman of the Bowl’s American Classic Campaign. “And for many of us, Jerry Garcia symbolizes an important part of our personal history; our coming of age. My family and I are so privileged to
be able to make this gift and to be able to do it in memory of one of the most treasured icons of rock ‘n roll in America and at the Santa Barbara Bowl makes it even more special… and fun.”
“We are deeply touched by the generosity of the Brittingham Family to the American Classic Campaign,”
says Paul Dore, Board President. “Their commitment to the Santa Barbara Bowl as volunteers and philanthropists is extraordinary. We are so grateful for their largesse which has transformed The Glen into a very special space for patrons to enjoy.”
In other campaign news, The Overlook, an entirely new plaza high above the Bowl, has officially opened as a comfortable pre- and mid-concert gathering spot for patrons. Phase 1 of The Overlook, the infrastructure and reinforcement to the hillside, includes a new spotlight platform and building, and a new outlook area with sweeping ocean views. Phase II of the Overlook will include permanent restrooms and upgraded concessions.
Groundbreaking for Phase II has not yet been scheduled. With $25 million in construction completed since 1999, including improved artist amenities and world-class stage housing: The Pavilion, all future improvements focus on audience comfort, experience, and safety. Nestled in the hillsides above Santa Barbara, the Bowl is a premier example of 1930s WPA outdoor Craftsman-style architecture and melds decades of music and vistas in ways no other open-air venue in America can. In 1995, the Bowl Foundation created a comprehensive, long-range restoration and renovation Master Plan and by 2010, over $29 mm had been contributed by the community for significant improvements to Santa Barbara’s beloved Bowl. Improvements designed to protect the venue’s early 20th century grace while placing it firmly on 21st century underpinnings will continue during off seasons through 2014.
The Bowl Foundation has opportunities to support the American Classic Campaign for all levels of interest.
• Major Gifts — For information on major gifts including donor benefit programs, please contact our
development office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 308-9782
• Name-A-Seat (www.name-a-seat.com)
Commemorate, celebrate and honor friends, family, and favorite moments at Santa Barbara’s beloved Bowl with a small plaque and to share your seat’s story on the Bowl’s community website.
• Friend of the Bowl (www.friendofthebowl.com) Support your favorite outdoor music venue and at the same time receive great perks and premiums that benefit the Bowl’s fundraising priorities in any given year.
For more information on the American Classic Campaign for the renovation and restoration of the Santa Barbara Bowl, please contact Beth Dolinsek Skidmore, Development Director, at (805) 308-9782 or