March 20, 2023
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Oprah gives $1.5M


Oprah Winfrey has turned her donations toward the Santa Barbara community with almost $1.5 million to two organizations.

The Unity Telethon fundraising effort was boosted Dec. 23 when the Montecito resident pledged a $465,000 matching contribution.

The Unity Telethon’s goal to reach $1 million to cover one-third of the charity’s annual budget fell short due to the faltering economy.

Winfrey donated $1 million to help rebuild Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. The donation is comes at the close of the not-for-profit hospital’s largest fundraising effort ever — a five-year drive to raise $100 million to support the remodeling of the building.