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Porsche Club of America – It’s not just the cars, it’s the people!

The Porsche Club of America, Santa Barbara Region (SBR) (Photo Credit: Gary L. Harbour)

Santa Barbara, CA — “Porsche Club of America, Santa Barbara Region (SBR) members select at least one charity a year to support,” said Doreen Pankow, President, (SBR). “We feel it’s important to give back to the communities where we work and live.”

“In prior years, SBR’s charitable beneficiaries included the American Heart Association, The Alzheimer’s Association and The Cystic Fibrosis Association. In total during the past decade SBR’s financial support has exceeded $100,000.00, which has earned it special recognition from the parent organization, The Porsche Club of America.”

Some of the charities they have supported more recently in both Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties are:

Gold Coast Veterans Foundation whose goal is to help veterans reintegrate back into society and reach their full potential. Assistance is provided in getting veterans connected with the various agencies that provide job training, legal assistance, medical care, and help them find jobs.

Special Olympics whose goal is to provide year-round training and athletic competition in a variety of well-coached, Olympic-type sports for children, teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They empower participants to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition.

Casa de Pacifica whose goal is to keep children who are in jeopardy of “out of home” placement, in their own homes and communities. Their 24 acre campus provides emergency shelter, residential treatment, non-public schooling, health care and clinical services, parent-child interaction therapy and coaching the youth to develop essential living skills.

Food Share’s programs provide healthy nutrition and education to children, families, and seniors. They have dedicated staff members who help the hungry navigate how to work with local, state and federal agencies; as well as coordinate local food distribution and nutrition training.

Heart’s Adaptive Riding whose goal is to employ the power of the horse to enhance the capabilities of children and adults with special needs. They offer life-changing experiences to people of all ages with a wide range of disabilities.
Unity Shoppe operates a year-round “Free” grocery and clothing store so people can shop with dignity for their basic needs. Their goal is to prevent homelessness and welfare dependency by helping meet their basic needs. We donate toys to them every year during the Holiday season.

Motor 4 Toys mission is to bring the motorsport community together for the holidays to collect as many toys as possible for less fortunate children. We participate in their car show and donate toys every year.

SBR also puts on a Tire Rack Street Survival School program. It is design to provide safe driving skills every year to 32 teens and young adults. The student drives their own car to learn its handling limits and how to control their car in unexpected situations. Trained SBR members ride with the students to coach them through the various driving exercises. The goals of the Tire Rack Street Survival program are to teach students some of the basics of car control and to improve their competence as drivers. The student learns to understand how their actions govern a car’s response, and as a result become safer, more effective drivers on the road.

The Porsche Club of America, Santa Barbara Region will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary on July 19th starting with a great drive through the Santa Ynez Valley, and ending with driving back through downtown Santa Barbara to the Fess Parker Resort for their celebration. The club was chartered on June 15, 1964 by a group of about two dozen Porsche lovers and has grown into a car club of over 1200  members, primarily from Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.

“The Santa Barbara Region is very active and conducts two breakfast meetings a month-one in Santa Barbara and one in Camarillo. In addition to one or two driving and social events each month. We frequently have over one hundred members participating in an event and it’s an amazing sight to see 45-50 Porsches traveling as a group on the back roads. Long lasting friendships have developed over the years amongst club members and we remain an active car club because of these friendships and our common passions,” said Doreen Pankow, President, (SBR).

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