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Local visual artists Kristiana Chan, Anna Friz, Kajahl Benes-Trapp and Janette Gross have been selected by the Santa Cruz County Community Foundation to receive the Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship for 2022 and 2023.

The distinctions were announced on December 20 in a statement from the foundation. Each scholarship recipient receives a $ 20,000 scholarship to pursue their artistic career.

Roy and Frances Rydell established the Roy and Frances Rydell Visual Arts Fund at the Community Foundation in 1985 to promote artists and arts organizations in Santa Cruz County. After their death, their estate was bequeathed to the foundation. Their donation has generated more than $ 1.4 million in scholarships for artists and in support of visual arts organizations in Santa Cruz County.

The Rydell Visual Arts Scholarship Program was developed with input from the local arts community to honor the wishes and intention of the Rydells in establishing the fund. The scholarship program, now in its 16th year, has awarded $ 680,000 directly to artists.

Give to the community

Santa Cruz County Bank employees shared their vacation spirit by giving back to the community and brightening up the vacations for local children in need. Since 2010, bank employees have contributed holiday gifts and gift cards for children to special advocates appointed by the Santa Cruz County Court.

The annual effort is supported by Santa Cruz County Bank Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Banking, Doug Fischer, who also volunteers as a CASA Advocate. This year’s donations raised $ 1,850 in donations and over 125 new toys and $ 1,700 in gift cards for children.

CASA of Santa Cruz County is celebrating its 30th anniversary in Santa Cruz County in 2022.

“The support of Santa Cruz County Bank is a pillar for CASA, and this year their generosity has been evident,” said Lynne Petrovic, executive director of CASA in a prepared statement.

During the holiday season, Santa Cruz County Bank branches also served as donation sites for community organizations, including the Second Harvest Food Bank holiday food drive and the “Adopt a Family” program. Santa Cruz Volunteer Center in Santa Cruz County, and the SHARE Homeless Navigation Center of Salinas in Monterey County.


• Ben Lomond’s Benjamin Yanowitz won the Spring 2021 Dean with Distinction Award at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York.

• Alicia Palmerin-Jimenez of Freedom won the Spring 2021 Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York.

Declared dividend

Santa Cruz County Bank announced that its board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of 12.5 cents per share. The dividend is payable on January 10, 2022 to shareholders of record at the close of business on January 4, 2022.

For the quarter ended September 30, 2021, Santa Cruz County Bank reported net income of $ 5.5 million, an increase of 3% for the same period in 2020, according to a bank statement.

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