Fund Established for Victims of Isla Vista Shooting - 5/24/14

For Immediate Release
May 24, 2014
Contact: Rusty Watson, Heritage Oaks Bank Director of Communications

Fund Established for Victims of Isla Vista Shooting

Central Coast, Calif., May 24, 2014 – KSBY-TV and Heritage Oaks Bank have partnered with the Santa Barbara Foundation to establish a fund for the victims of the shooting that occurred on Friday, May 23, 2014 in Isla Vista, a college student residential area in Goleta, California.

According to Kathleen Choal, General Manager of NBC affiliate KSBY-TV in San Luis Obispo, California, “When we heard about this tragedy, it was devastating. But we knew the people in our local community would want to help in some way.”

Simone Lagomarsino, President and CEO of Heritage Oaks Bank added, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the families impacted by this terrible tragedy. Heritage Oaks Bank is partnering with KSBY and the Santa Barbara Foundation to support the victims, families and others impacted by this terrible event.”

“The Santa Barbara Foundation is pleased to establish the Victims of Isla Vista Fund in partnership with Heritage Oaks Bank,” said Ron Gallo, President and CEO of the Santa Barbara Foundation. “We will be ready to accept check and/or cash donations at any of the seventeen Heritage Oaks Bank branches located in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties when the Bank opens for business on Tuesday morning. All donations will be tax-deductible.” In addition, donors may go to the Santa Barbara Foundation’s website at to make donations by credit card, and designate specifically that the donation should go to the Victims of Isla Vista Fund.

About Heritage Oaks Bank
With $1.6 billion in assets, Heritage Oaks Bancorp is the holding company for Heritage Oaks Bank. Heritage Oaks Bank has its headquarters and three branch offices in Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria, two branch offices in Arroyo Grande and Atascadero, single branch offices in Cambria, Templeton, Morro Bay, and Santa Barbara as well as loan production offices in Goleta and Ventura/Oxnard. Heritage Oaks Bank conducts commercial banking business in the counties of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura.

About the Santa Barbara Foundation
The Santa Barbara Foundation is a community foundation established in 1928 to enrich the lives of the people of Santa Barbara County through philanthropy. As one of the largest private sources of funding for area nonprofits, agencies, and college bound students, the foundation builds and facilitates philanthropy through donor partnerships; invests in nonprofits; and identifies and strategically addresses important community needs. Guided by compassion for the most vulnerable and those most in need of help, excellence in what it supports and with whom it partners, and integrity with a focus on stewardship and transparency, the Santa Barbara Foundation is invested in a more vibrant, engaged, and meaningfully connected Santa Barbara County…for all.