Lovelace Lounge Dedication

Lillian Lovelace, center, is surrounded by La Casa’s Co-Directors, Stephanie Glatt, far left, and Steve Jacobsen, right, and flanked by longtime supporters, Vicki Riskin, left, and Christine Garvey.

Lillian Lovelace, center, is surrounded by La Casa’s Co-Directors, Stephanie Glatt, far left, and Steve Jacobsen, right, and flanked by longtime supporters, Vicki Riskin, left, and Christine Garvey.

In May 2014, members of the Santa Barbara community gathered at La Casa de Maria for a special ceremony dedicating the retreat center’s newly renovated lounge to longtime supporters Jon and Lillian Lovelace. The Lovelace Lounge, which served as the original meeting room for La Casa dating back to 1955, is the first of five meeting rooms that are being remodeled as a result of La Casa’s successful $7.5 million Campaign To Preserve and Renew.

lovelacetileThe renovation of the Lovelace Lounge includes soundproofing, design enhancements for greater accessibility, new doors and lighting, audio-visual upgrades and cabinets and the creation of a large hospitality corner where groups can prepare refreshments. “In spite of all these changes, it still feels like our Lounge, with the sandstone fireplace, high ceilings, and views of the outdoors,” said Stephanie Glatt, La Casa’s Director.

Lillian Lovelace unveiled the Spanish-inspired tile plaque that bears her and her late husband’s names, revealing the exquisitely hand-painted sign to a delighted group of supporters.

Friends and neighbors shared their stories about the retreat center and what it has meant to them, thanking Jon and Lillian for their dedication and support. Christine Garvey, Campaign Co-Chair, called La Casa “a spiritual anchor” in her life. Writer/producer Vicki Riskin praised Jon and Lillian for the leadership and support of countless cultural and educational institutions, including La Casa. Steve Jacobsen offered a special blessing to officially dedicate the new space.

“Montecito is grateful to have a place that brings together people of all cultures and religions,” said Mrs. Lovelace. “With so much strife in the world caused by perceived differences, it is important that there be places dedicated to bringing people together in a spiritual way.”

La Casa is indeed blessed to have Lillian Lovelace!