Kit Tremaine grew up, beautiful and privileged, in New Orleans, once even Queen of Mardi Gras. But another side to Tremaine, a side that donated time and money to many liberal causes, made her conservative friends call her a communist. She gave millions of dollars to a multitude of social projects. She was instrumental in providing legal, medical, and counseling services for the poor, as well as founding and funding The Sunflower Foundation. In 1986, she appeared in Time magazine after joining homeless activists in a successful drive to soften a Santa Barbara ordinance that criminalized sleep in public places.