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2014 Nonprofit & Member of the Year

AWC Santa Barbara Holiday Party 2014

Dimly lit with hints of holiday cheer, C’est Cheese hosted the Annual Holiday Party for the Association for Women in Communications, Santa Barbara Chapter. Members and guests sampled fine wine paired with delectable cheeses, artisan crackers, and other hors d’oeuvres. Every year AWC-SB honors a member of the year and a nonprofit organization.

cest-cheese-santa-barbaraIntroduced by AWC-SB’s President, Dr. Minette Riordan, Perie Longo, an exquisite poet, child therapist, and teacher accepted the honored of Member of the Year. When Longo read a poem written by a fourteen year old student of hers, she encouraged her audience to think of nonmaterial gifts they would like to give this holiday season. Longo’s unparalleled talent and humbling presence received applause and questions from eager onlookers.

Friendship Center took the honored of Nonprofit of the Year. Friendship Center established itself as a place for adults with Alzheimer’s and dementia to explore their talents. Donations from AWC-SB and guests included art supplies for a new artistic program run by an inspired volunteer.

Surrounded by esteemed colleges, laughter and pleasant small talk rang from every corner of the recently expanded cheese shop. A night spent giving to a wonderful organization, honoring an amazing woman, and indulging in C’est Cheese’s unforgettable food and wine, the Annual Holiday Party opened the doors to a holiday season of giving.

– by Dakota Spillman


Wed, Dec 3: AWC-SB Annual Holiday Party

Annual Holiday Party
Honoring Member of the Year: Poet Perie Longo
Nonprofit of the Year: Friendship Center
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
5:30-7:30 pm
C’est Cheese
825 Santa Barbara Street
AWC-SB Members $25; Nonmembers $35
AT THE DOOR: Members $35; Nonmmbers $45

Start the holiday season off by celebrating with AWC-SB at our annual holiday party. By tradition we will honor our 2014 Member of the Year Perie Longo and Nonprofit of the Year Friendship Center. Come enjoy holiday cheer with other communicators and refreshments from this year’s venue, C’est Cheese.

Perie Longo, Ph.D., MFT, PRT, served as Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara from 2007-09. Her life is dedicated to helping others find their voices, whether in her role as a marriage, family and child therapist, a poet, a poetry teacher through California-Poets-in-the-Schools (CPITS), or poet working in the therapeutic mode. She is a Mentor/supervisor for those who seek credentialing either as a certified poetry therapist (CPT) or a registered poetry therapist (PTR). For the past several years, Perie has created a special poem to honor the AWC-SB’s Woman of the Year Award recipients at our luncheon held in June.

Friendship Center preserves and enriches the quality of life of aging and dependent adults through innovative programs that value the dignity and worth of every person.  They provide respite, support and education, enabling families to continue to be engaged in the community, careers, and commitments.

Please bring a gift for Friendship Center clients. Suggested items: Picture frames (for wall hanging, not table standing), Acrylic paints, Watercolor paints (inexpensive is fine), Watercolor paper, Sketch pads for drawing, Picture hanging kits, Small drums (bongos, hand held drums), DVDs of TV shows(Carol Burnett, Dean Martin, Ed Sullivan, etc.)

Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon: Wednesday, June 6

AWC-SB will once again honor two women who have touched many local lives with their communication skills, one very publicly and the other in a quieter but no less powerful way.

From Breaking News to Awakening the Muse is the theme for the 2012 Women of Achievement Awards, honoring award-winning anchorwoman Paula Lopez and poetry therapist Perie Longo. The honorees will be recognized at a celebratory luncheon on Wednesday, June 6, 11:30 am-1:30 pm, at the Hyatt Hotel.

Paula Lopez, co-anchor KEY NEWS at 11 pm, began her television career in 1985 as an intern in Channel 3’s news department before heading to KCAL Channel 9 in Los Angeles in 1990. Paula anchored live gavel-to-gavel events of the O. J. Simpson murder trial, and continuous coverage of southland floods and the firestorms during 1993. One of her most challenging duties was reporting on the devastating Los Angeles riots continuously as the events unfolded.

Paula’s awards include:

  • Los Angeles Area Emmy Award for 9 NEWS at NOON (1993)
  • Striving For Excellence Award from the Minorities in Broadcasting Training Program (1994)
  • Golden Mike Award for Best News Reporting from the Radio & TV News Association of Southern California
  • Best News Reporting Award from the Radio and Television News Directors’ Association of Northern California.

Paula returned home to KEYT in 1996. She is a ninth generation Santa Barbaran and a direct descendant of Lt. Pablo Cota, one of the founding officers of the Royal Presidio in Santa Barbara.

Perie Longo moved to Santa Barbara in 1969. She taught Speech and Communication, first at Santa Barbara City College and then for ten years at Brooks Institute. She found that she enjoyed helping others, as shy as she’d once been, to find their voice. About that time, she took her hobby of writing poetry to a more serious level and attended the SB Writers’ Conference, where she won two writing awards. She began teaching at the annual conference and through California-Poets-in-the-Schools, both programs she continues to be involved in to this day. Inspired by the ability of children to “find their voices” through writing poetry and be fearless in expressing their deepest feelings, she pursued her education and earned her PhD in Counseling Psychology. This led to her involvement with Poetry Therapy. She joined the National Association for Poetry Therapy and received their Outstanding Achievement Award in 1999 and their Outstanding Service Award in 2004. Perie has led poetry therapy groups at Sanctuary Psychiatric Centers and Hospice of Santa Barbara, always focusing on guiding others to find their unique voices and expressing them through poetry.

Perie’s publications include:

  • Three books of poetry: Milking the Earth, The Privacy of Wind, and With Nothing Behind But Sky: A Journey Through Grief
  • Poems in literary journals, including Askew, Atlanta Review, Connecticut Review, International Poetry Review, South Carolina Review, Santa Barbara Magazine, and Solo
  • Poems in anthologies, including Breathe: 101 Contemporary Odes, Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poems and Poetics from California, Fishing With My Father, The Cancer Poetry Project, and The Poetry of Peace

Perie is Poet Laureate Emerita of Santa Barbara (2007-09). One of her most fascinating experiences in communications has been traveling to Kuwait in 2005 to speak on Poetry as a Path to Healing.

Tickets for the event are $50 if purchased online before Saturday, June 2 or $60 at the door.

Sponsorship opportunities are available and encouraged. Please contact Dr. Lynn K. Jones, AWC-SB President, at awcsb@hotmail.com, or 805/448-7681.