The 6th Annual Heroes of Hospice at The Biltmore’s Coral Casino on September 12 attracted a huge crowd of supporters to honor those being recognized in 2018. Guests mingled on the patio overlooking the sea at the welcome reception to bid on valuable auction items and pose for photographs. According to Executive Director David Selberg the luncheon has grown over the years and the 6th annual was its largest attendance to date.

Brander Wines Sponsor

A luncheon menu of grilled salmon with white beans, organic green salad and delicious dessert was paired with wines from generous local vintner Fred Brander. C.J. Ward and wife Beth Farnsworth were perfect Emcees for the afternoon luncheon, where a live auction raised needed funds, and members of the Hospice of Santa Barbara family shared their touching experiences regarding their individual experience of loss. The awards were presented by David Selberg, and grateful recipients shared their appreciation for the Heroes recognition.

Beth Farnsworth & C.J. Ward

Those being honored included Cottage Children’s Medical Center Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, The Partnership Award given to Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation; Marybeth Carty received Ambassador Award; Montecito Bank & Trust, Legacy Award; Organic Soup Kitchen received the Volunteer Award. Organic Soup Kitchen was founded by Anthony Carroccio a decade ago and delivers their healthy soup to the homes of cancer patients in the Santa Barbara area. The Organic Soup Kitchen award was accepted by Andrea Slaby COO.
Sheriff Bill Brown gave a moving recollection of the Thomas catastrophy and serious loss the community experienced. He commended the first responders, many groups and individuals who showed up to help victims and those in need. He commended the Sheriffs, Police, Firefighters, and Organizations who responded including Hospice of Santa Barbara.

Organic Soup Kitchen Award Recipient Andrea Slaby with David Selberg, Executive Director Hospice SB

Generous sponsors for 2018 included Lucky Star Sponsors: Central Coast Home Health and Hospice, Peter and Gerd Jordano, LivHome, Bruce McRoy, Alan Miller, CPA, Natalie Orfalea Foundation, NurseCore, NS Ceramic, Inc., Susannah E. Rake, Mark, and Nicole Romasanta, Senior Planning Services, Stevens & Associates. Bright Star Sponsors: Alexander Gardens Assisted Living and Villa Alamar, Assisted Home Health and Hospice Care, Channel Islands Fiduciary, Debra Brandon and Steve Schaefer, Dream Foundation, MarBorg Industries, Nasif, Hicks, Harris & Co., LLP, Quinn Fiduciary Services, The Samarkand, Simply Remembered Cremation Care, Senior Living Consultants, Toyota/Scion of Santa Barbara, Steve Warner and Vince Turano, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care. Luminary Sponsors: Cottage Children’s Medical Center, Montecito Bank & Trust, Melinda Goodman Kemp, Jill and Barry Kitnick, and Shooting Star Sponsors: Lagia Affinity, Investic, Parri V. Harcourt, Judith & Stewart Light, Mullen & Henzell LLP, Kenny & Elizabeth Slaught, Suzanne von Drehle.
It was a lovely, and heartwarming afternoon created by Hospice of Santa Barbara, and was filled with appreciation, recognition, and thanks.
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By Bonnie Carroll