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CMF’s Executive Director Receives Spanish Knighthood

CMF’s Executive Director Receives Spanish Knighthood 

David Bolton, executive director of the California Missions Foundation and a 51 year resident of Santa Barbara, has officially entered Spain’s Royal Order of Isabel la Católica following an elaborate ceremony at the historic El Presidio Real de Santa Barbara.

In front of a throng of family, friends, and colleagues, Mr. Bolton became a Commander of the Royal Order, one of Spain’s highest civilian honors. Ambassador Javier Vallaure, Spain’s Consul General in Los Angeles, presided over the ceremony and presented Mr. Bolton with both the official Decoration signed by His Majesty, King Felipe VI, as well as the Medal and ribbon of the Royal Order.

“This is a truly great honor, and I share it with everyone that continues the effort to recognition Spain’s legacy in the Americas and to also help preserve the buildings, culture and traditions the Spanish people and their descendants have left on this side of the Atlantic,” said Mr. Bolton, who also serves as a board member for the Washington DC-based US-Spain Council and Santa Barbara’s Old Spanish Days Fiesta.

Following the decoration ceremony in front of the El Presidio Chapel, guests were invited inside for a candlelight gala dinner. The event coincides with Santa Barbara’s Founding Week activities that mark the anniversary of the establishment of the Santa Barbara Presidio and town in 1782.