Hospice of Santa Barbara Light Up a Life
By Bonnie Carroll
The Hospice of Santa Barbara Light Up A Life evening at De La Guerra Square was an incredible evening of love filled with music by the DosPueblos High School Jazz Choir led by Courtney Anderson, songs by talented John Vale, poetry reading by Perie Longo, past poet laureate and “Shift” shared by poet Susan Cochran. Amy Lopez gave a special welcome in Spanish to attending guests and friends.
David Selberg, CEO Hospice of Santa Barbara Lights the Light Up A Life Tree
Catherine Remak of K-Lite FM was Emcee for the evening and shared her own remarkable experience with Hospice of Santa Barbara when her own father passed. She did an amazing job that she described as an opportunity to pay back the wonderful people at SB Hospice for all they had given her through support groups and encouraged everyone to use the valuable services offered by the organization. "At Santa Barbara Hospice I learned to work through my grief and not around it," said Remak.
Catherine Remak, K-Lite FM 'Light Up A Life' Emcee
David Selberg, CEO, Hospice of Santa Barbara shared how special this organization is that has helped so many people, not only as a hospice for the dying, but as an incredible support to those who have lost love ones; men, women and children. Catherine Remak and David Selberg invited guests, especially children in the crowd to come to the tree for the special tree lighting ceremony, where the tree filled with stars containing the names of loved family members and friends was illuminated as John Vale sang “To Where You Are.”
Singer John Vale
Hospice Santa Barbara provides professional counseling, support groups, and patient care services free of charge to individuals and families who are grieving the death of a loved one or experiencing the impact of a serious illness. Hospice of Santa Barbara is also present on eight local high schools and junior high campuses to work with children and teens who are grieving the loss of a loved one. For more information about Hospice of Santa Barbara including volunteer opportunities, call (805) 563-8820 or visit www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org.
Coffee & Cookie Volunteers John Phreaner, Helen Curhan, Carolyn Phreaner
Light Up A Life ceremonies are held in Santa Barbara, Goleta and Carpenteria each holiday season.