Laura Knight – Pascucci Restaurant – Business in Art Award
City of Santa Barbara Arts Advisory Committee
Visual Arts in Public Places Committee
Santa Barbara County Arts Commission
The City Arts Advistory and Visual Arts in Public Places Committees, and The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission are delighted to present the 2014 Business In Art Award to Laura Knight, Owner and Founder of Pascucci Restaurant. Through her restaurant Laura has provided generous sponsorships and financial support to numerous nonprofit organizations in Santa Barbara. Of greatest significance is the annual “Celebrity Solstice Night” fundraiser, which in its 13-year history has raised over $125,000 to support Santa Barbara’s Summer Solstice parade. The signature event that engages community leaders and celebrities to serve as wait staff and bartenders has generated great community support and increased the focus on funding needs for the annual parade which has inspired other business contributions.
Other organizations that have benefitted from Pascucci’s support through Laura’s generosity over the years are the Santa Barbara Architectural Foundation, the Fund for Santa Barbara, Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, Center Stage Theater, Environmental Defense Center, Transition House, Unity Shoppe, the Santa Barbara Addy awards, and numerous area schools.
Laura is active in the community and currently serves on the Boards of Downtown Santa Barbara, Summer Solstice Celebration, and The Greater Santa Barbara Lodging and Restaurant Association. Her volunteer contributions include service on the City of Santa Barbara Community Development & Human Services Committee for over eight years.
Through generosity of spirit, innovative thinking, and commitment to the Arts, Laura Knight, as owner of Pascucci Restaurant has created a stronger, more vibrant and dynamic arts environment – enriching, engaging, and positively impacting the greater Santa Barbara community.
The Business in Art Award was established by the City Arts Advisory Committee in 2005. This award is given to an individual or entity that conducts business in the Santa Barbara area. It may include being a retail or commercial establishment, a sole practitioner, a partnership or a professional corporation: one that exhibits outstanding support of arts activity in our community in ways that create a stronger, more vibrant arts environment in Santa Barbara and enriches the lives of both residents and visitors.
Local artist Sue Van Horsen created the unique award that will be presented to Pascucci Restaurant owner Laura Knight.