Santa Barbara Real Estate agents host 15th anniversary honoring The Teacher’s Fund

Contributed by Jennifer Goddard

Village Properties real estate agent Leanne Wood

Village Properties Co-owner Renee Grubb and real estate agent Leanne Wood are hosting a celebration on Thursday Oct. 12 to honor the 15th anniversary of The Teacher’s Fund, a non-profit organization that raises funds for Santa Barbara-area teachers in support of enrichment education.

The anniversary celebration will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 12, at Village Properties, downtown Santa Barbara. Any donations from guests or the public to The Teacher’s Fund are greatly appreciated.

Grubb and Ed Edick created The Teacher’s Fund in 2002 as a way to give back to the community they serve. The non-profit Teacher’s Fund raises money for Santa Barbara-area teachers so they may enrich the classroom experience by buying additional supplies, materials and equipment for extra classroom activities not covered by school funds. To date, more than $1.7 million has been donated to Santa Barbara County elementary, middle, and high school teachers in both public and private schools from The Teacher’s Fund.

Grubb co-founded Village Properties in 1996 and is well known in the community for her community service on behalf of a wide range of professional and community organizations. In her real estate work, Grubb specializes in all areas and price ranges throughout Santa Barbara. Community service and volunteering are also integral parts of Grubb’s professional and personal life, and for this Grubb has received many awards and certificates of recognition. She currently chairs the Board of Directors for the Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce and she is a member of the Montecito Education Foundation. She has been a South Coast Business and Technology Committee Member since 2004.

Wood, a real estate agent who works in Village Properties’ Montecito office, is a native of New Zealand who moved to North Carolina with her family in 1998. She began a new career in real estate there and within six months had launched her own top-producing, boutique real estate company. In 2013, Wood and her family moved to Santa Barbara where she has enjoyed a successful real estate career. Prior to moving to the United States, Wood lived in Europe for ten years working for a non-governmental charity organization based in the United Kingdom. Wood and her family lived for four of those years in Romania where she directed aid and relief projects to post-communist Romania.

For tickets to the 15th anniversary party or to donate to the Teacher’s Fund, please call (805) 284-7177, email, or visit Village Properties at Grubb can be reached at and Wood can be reached at