The final steel beam of the new Cancer Center of Santa Barbara was bolted in place before a crowd of 200 on August 19, 2016. This exciting event memorialized a vision that began with the Cancer Center’s trustees in 1999.
Dr. Kurt N. Ransohoff, CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Sansum Clinic, and Rick Scott, President of the Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara, took the opportunity to announce the public phase of the “Campaign for Our New Cancer Center,” an effort to raise $38 million for the construction of a new, state-of-the-art home for the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara which will ensure exceptional cancer care is available for patients in our community now and in the future. The silent phase of the campaign quickly surpassed expectations with more than $33 million raised as of August 19, 2016.
Coinciding with the opening of the new facility in fall of 2017, the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara will officially be re-named Ridley-Tree Cancer Center in honor of Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree’s leadership role and her generous support of the new Cancer Center totaling more than $10.7 million.
Honorary Campaign Chair Lady Ridley-Tree, joined by Campaign Cabinet members Ed and Sue Birch, Dan Gainey, Peter MacDougall and Maryan Schall, will lead the final phase of the new building campaign.
Special thanks to the long-term vision and generosity of lead donors to the campaign, who have contributed gifts of $1 million and above:
• Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara
• Cottage Health
• Jim & Wendy Drasdo
• Hugh & Hunter Foster Family
• Judy & Jeff Henley
• Morrie & Irma Jurkowitz
• Bill & Nancy Kimsey
• Lillian Lovelace
• Dr. Nancy O’Reilly & Daughters Lauren, Leigh & Ragan
• Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree
• Sansum Clinic
• Maryan Schall
• Elaine Stepanek Foundation, Trust & Estate
• The Wolf Family Foundation