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President Mindy Denson is bringing the Lobero Theatre Associates out of the wings, and into the spotlight.

For those who have not met Mindy Denson, she is an absolute sparkplug with a big smile and a kind word for everyone. She loves to lend a hand whenever she can.

Mindy joined the Lobero Theatre Associates in 2016 and quickly became the co-chair of the holiday tea, jumping head first into her new role. She describes how longtime Associates Janet McCann, Sylvia Easten and Annie Williams approached her and told her it was time to join. Each year, Mindy celebrates her anniversary with the Associates at the Holiday Tea, where she enjoys the friendly competition about who’s been a member the longest.

In addition to her Associate duties, she’s also spending time at the Lobero volunteering as an usher. “I love being an usher; it’s an honor to see the smiling faces of people as they enter the auditorium for the first time.” She’s a huge jazz fan, naming Pat Metheny, Dave Brubeck, and Dorado Schmitt as some of her favorite artists. She feels the spirit of her father – a pianist – whenever she’s in the theater, which is one of the reasons that she’s so committed to supporting this important icon.

The Associates are welcoming a record ten new members this season! Not only are they bringing in new women, but many former members are also returning to the ranks after an absence.

Outreach is a big theme of my presidency. I just want everyone to know how much I love these women, and it's so great to spend time together."

In addition to the Associates, Mindy also lends her considerable talents to other organizations in the area, many focused on the environment and animals. She gives her time to Bucket Brigade, Santa Barbara Firefighters Alliance (where she serves on the board), the Montecito Community Foundation, and the Santa Barbara Wildlife Network. You can also find her working part time at Coast to Coast in La Arcada or playing polo–especially now that her rotator cuff is mended.

There are many opportunities to get involved with this dynamic group of fundraisers. This year they are enjoying many new ways to get together while supporting the theater, from a champagne toast at the Olive & Espig Gallery in the Upper Village, to Associates’ Night Out events and the Lobero, and more.

Stay tuned for more information on the Associates’ signature Hats Off event, which will feature a special guest and raise funds to replace aging and fragile curtains at the Lobero Theatre.