Three Honors Presented at 6th Annual Jewels by the Sea Luncheon

By Bonnie Carroll,

Hospice of Santa Barbara (HSB) honored special individuals and organizations Wednesday, September 11 during the 7th annual Heroes of Hospice of Santa Barbara awards ceremony. Over 300 people mingled on the patio of the Biltmore’s Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club overlooking Butterfly Beach to bid on auction items and socialize over cool beverages before the three-course luncheon honoring real Santa Barbara heroes began.

Coral Casino Patio Reception & Auction​

The Awards for 2019 included the Partnership Award presented to Suzanne Grimmesey, Santa Barbara County Department of Behavioral Wellness, the Legacy Award presented to James S. Bower Foundation who make grants to partners who share the belief that a healthier world can be fostered through compassionate action and social change, and Volunteer Award presented to the No One Dies Alone Program brings together trained volunteers and patients to ensure no one dies alone.

2019 Heroes of Hospice Award Recipients

Beth Farnsworth & Cj Ward were again a charming master of ceremonies duo, and the keynote speaker The Honorable Joyce Dudley, District Attorney shared her very personal experience of grief with the loss of her father and husband. “The doors of Hospice are always open and because of this I continue to make my way through all of this, and know right now we are all in a room full of love.”

CEO David Selberg with Masters of Ceremonies Beth Farnsworth & CJ Ward​

Sponsors for this year’s event included Melinda Goodman Kemp, Jill & Barry Kitnick, Lynne Cantlay & Bob Klein, MD, Central Coast Home Health & Hospice, FirstRepublic Bank, Perri Harcourt, Montecito Bank & Trust, Mullen & Henzell, L.L.P., Northern Trust, Pacific Graduate Institute & Pacifica Graduate Institue Alumni Association, Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, Mark & Nicole Romasanta, Kenny & Elizabeth Slaught, Straus Family Foundation, Suzanne von Drehle, American Riviera Bank, Anacapa Estate Planning & Elder law, Assisted Home Health and Hospice Care, Cornerstone Home Lending, Cottage Health and countless more.

The honorary committee members included Sue Adams, Pat Aptaker, Margaret Barnes, Esq., Jane Brechwald, Emma C. Bridges, Lynne Cantlay & Bob Klein, MD, Marybeth Carty, Leigh Cashman, Maria I. Chesley, Mindy & Cris Denson, Suzanne De Ponce, The Honorable Joyce Dudley, District Attorney, Roger Durling, Cindy Feinberg, Joanne Funari, David & Anne Gersh, Perri Harcourt, Stephen Hosea, MD, Beverly Jackson, eter & Gerd Jordano, Marlene Klamt, Beverlie G. Latimer, Mike Lazaro, Monica Lenches, Lori Lewis, Carole MacElhenny, Holly Mckenna, Brenda Nancarrow-Garrison, Ernesto Paredes, Catherine Remak, Linda Seltzer Yawitz, Jill Shalhoob, Kenny & Elizabeth Slaught, Suzanne Von Drehle, Marilee Zdenek, Charles & Nina Zimmer.

Don Galloway, Police Chief Lori Luhnow, The Honorable Joyce Dudley District Attorney and Assistant District Attorney Patrick Clouse. 

Congratulations to the deserving award recipients, the Hospice of Santa Barbara staff, the army of volunteers, generous sponsors, committee members and supportive guests for another inspiring Heroes of Hospice Awards Jewels by the Sea Luncheon.

Bill Brown County Sheriff​

Hospice of Santa Barbara was founded 40 years ago on Cabrillo Boulevard, and today has headquarters on Alameda Padre Serra, with a staff of more than 30 people. The volunteer hospice organization provides professional counseling, support groups, and patient care services to those grieving the loss of a loved one or experiencing the impact of a serious or life-threatening illness. Hospice of Santa Barbara is the recipient of numerous awards under the current direction of Chief Executive Officer David Selberg. For donations or information visit: 

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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  1. What a nice bunch of photos. Everyone looks so healthy and happy. Kudos to the photographer. Also: I have run into C. J. Ward a couple times, out in public. He is one of the most charming, most gracious “local celebrities” you could ever meet.

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