Friendship Center Hosts 25th Annual Festival of Hearts Luncheon at Rosewood Miramar

25th Annual Festival of Hearts Luncheon at Rosewood Miramar on February 3, 2024 (Photo by Bonnie Carroll)

The Friendship Center returned to Rosewood Miramar Beach on February 3, 2024, to host the 25th Annual Festival of Hearts. The Silver Jubilee celebration was held at the lovely sea-side Miramar Resort located across the street from Friendship Center at 1759 S Jameson Lane.

Friendship Center’s Festival of Hearts honored all the caregivers, past and present, who have supported an aging loved one through their final voyage. This fundraiser enables Friendship Center to continue to stay true to its mission of providing care and companionship to seniors and adults living with dementia. Celebrity artists 2024 included Jeff Bridges, Kathy Ireland, Kerry Methner, and David Moorman.

The 230 guests enjoyed the delightful music of the Santa Barbara Prime Time Band during a lively cocktail hour in the garden as the beloved Heart-Art silent auction, a vitally important part of the annual event, kept guests busy competing for the last bid. The individually designed hearts created by local artists, made from a bevy of art materials filled the auction tables, drawing a huge crowd of Friendship Center’s supporters.

Event sponsor Valerie Anewalt and Board VP Sue Adams (Photo by Bonnie Carroll)

A delicious lunch was served in the dining room where Dr. Cynder Sinclair, President of the Friendship Center’s Board of Directors shared an interview with esteemed member of Friendship Center Robert Antonini, and Executive Director Kathryn Westland welcomed guests and introduced featured speaker Shianne Motter who told of her loving journey as a caretaker and caregiver to her father and how important Friendship Center was in providing needed respite. David Moorman, emcee, lead a lively and highly successful auction and paddle raise that great fun. The $75,000 in funds raised from these auctions will support the Friendship Center’s commitment to never turning someone in need away due to their inability to pay.

Guests were encouraged to wear their favorite nautical attire of sailor stripes, seaside elegance, and touches of silver to honor Friendship Center’s 25 years of spreading love and joy. All the volunteers looked smart in their nautical stripes, and others were simply garden party stunning. The nautical look was quite an attractive welcome for guests arriving at the event check-in where smiling volunteers in their sailor best greeted them.

Barbara Ireland, mother of 2024 Festival of Hearts Celebrity Artist Kathy Ireland (Photo by Bonnie Carroll)

The weather warnings were out there but obviously so were the friendly event Gods! It was an incredibly beautiful garden party, successful silent & live auction, delicious luncheon, and a good time appeared to be had by all, without a drop of rain! Kudos to the event committee and Friendship Center Board of Directors for an exceptionally smooth sailing through a successful Festival of Hearts 2024.

Congratulations and thanks to the Friendship Center’s Festival of Hearts 2024 sponsors Thomas and Nancy Crawford, Sintija Kemezys Felder, Cen Cal Health, William & Jocelyne Meeker, Katina Zaninovich, Castle Wealth Planning, MVT Montecito Village Travel, NS Ceramic Inc, Vista del Monte, Cynder Sinclair & Dennis Forster, David and Patty Medina, Mark & Nicole Romasanta, Linda S. Yawitz, Valerie Anewalt, Gina & Martin Bell, Sue Adams & Karolyn Hanna, Patricia Forgey & Jerry Wilson, Heidy & Rick Holly, Ken & Francie Jewesson, Love & Care Senior Home Care, TheKey, Care West Insurance Co., Marianne M. Cherkas, Garcia Architects Inc., Hospice of Santa Barbara, Kenneth Kirkpatrick, Jr., Sid Krumholz, Jeffrey and Susan Krutzsch, Sue Larsen, Kathy Marden, Marty & Dixie Moore, Seven & Marnie Pinsker, Jennifer Purling, Quinn Fiduciary Services, Smart & Final, Charitable Foundation, David Troxel, Mary H. Walsh and event coordination by Cheryll Puyot.

Friendship Center

Friendship Center is licensed by Community Care Licensing as a social model adult day program. Friendship Center offers supervised, person-centered activities for adults living with dementia or other cognitive challenges. Activities and programs honor individuality, promote socialization, and foster a compassionate community for aging adults. For more information about Friendship Center, please go to 

Bonnie Carroll

Written by Bonnie Carroll

Writer, publisher, editor over 30 years, Bonnie Carroll is the present Publisher, Editor-in-Chief of Bonnie Carroll's Life Bites News founded 2005. She is also a contributor to a bevy of magazine and newspapers California and international since 1983.

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