Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care Mother’s Day Luncheon Honors Jane Habermann, Leni Fe Bland

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care presented its 16th annual Mother’s Day Luncheon on May 12 in the Coral Casino in Montecito. In its tradition of honoring the compassionate women who founded VNHC, the organization honored women and mothers in the community.

At this well-attended luncheon, supporters gathered to honor two such mothers, one living and one in memory, and celebrated their lives and contributions to the community.

Event co-emcee Pamela Dillman Haskell, left, with Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care President/CEO Lynda Tanner.This year, there was a welcome outdoor champagne reception, a three-generation fashion show connecting families through fashion, a delicious sit-down lunch, a live auction and a raffle.

Event co-emcee Pamela Dillman Haskell, left, with Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care President/CEO Lynda Tanner. (Rochelle Rose / Noozhawk photo)“We are happy to say that we had over 350 guests and raised over $300,000,” marketing and public relations specialist Kyrie Belme told Noozhawk.

Funds raised enable VNHC to provide high-quality, comprehensive home health, hospice and related services to promote the health and well-being of loved ones and allow the nonprofit to provide compassionate and trusted care for those who need it most, including those who are unable to pay.

After the fashion show and live auction that were emceed by Pamela Dillman Haskell and Andrew Firestone, the event continued inside the ballroom, where Jane Habermann was brought to the podium as she was honored as the 2017 Honored Mother.

Habermann is a longtime volunteer leader at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care. She has served as a board member, past board chair and co-chair of the Serenity House campaign. Her mother, Dorothy Bacheller, was the first Honored Mother in 2002. Habermann reminisced about her days growing up in North Dakota, where her father was a country doctor. She accompanied her father on house calls and learned first-hand about the value of home health care.

“I also learned strength and the ability to persevere as a rodeo champion barrel racer,” she told the audience.

Her daughter Lisa said, “I learned from my mother that a mother is as happy as her least happy child.”Emcee Andrew Firestone, left, and wife Ivana with Rochelle and Adam Karr and their daughter, Makenna.

Leni Fe Bland passed away in December 2014, a few weeks shy of her 100th birthday. Through her Leni Fe Bland Foundation, she funded many Santa Barbara organizations, including CAMA, the Santa Barbara Symphony, Opera Santa Barbara, UCSB Arts & Lectures, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Santa Barbara Foundation and many others. She was an important donor to the campaigns to renovate the Granada Theatre and the New Vic hall.

Many in the audience learned from a video on her life that Fe Bland got her start sharing the healing gift of music when she played piano for soldiers during World War II. After the touching video tribute, her award was accepted by Chief Philanthropic Officer Jan Campbell on behalf of the Santa Barbara Foundation.

VNHC Executive Director Rick Keith acknowledged the Mother’s Day Luncheon 2017 Host Committee, which included Hazel and John Blankenship, Ann and Ed Brady, Keiko and Roger Dunham, Linda and Fred Gluck, Christopher and Pamela Haskell, Victoria Furst Hines, Rick Keith, Barbara Kummer, Judy Murphy, Thomas Rollerson, Maryan Schall, Kimberly Schizas, Marie Ann Strait, Anne Towbes, Pam Welch and Carolyn Wyatt.

Event sponsors Bridget McIntyre, left, and Theresa Borgatello of MarBorg Industries.

Event sponsors Bridget McIntyre, left, and Theresa Borgatello of MarBorg Industries. (Rochelle Rose / Noozhawk photo)

The all-important Mother’s Day Luncheon’s top sponsors included Silver Rose level: Irma and Morrie Jurkowitz and the James D. Scheinfeld Family Foundation; Red Rose level: Christine and Reece Duca, the Habermann family and the RoKe Foundation; White Rose level: Ann and Ed Brady, Roberta and Stan Fishman, Linda and Fred Gluck, Maryan S. Schall, Chris Toomey, and Carolyn and Philip Wyatt.

Other sponsors included Camino Real Marketplace, Keiko and Roger Dunham, Margo and Robert Feinberg, Christopher and Pamela Haskell, the Haskell Family Foundation, Bill and Nancy Kimsey, Barbara Kummer, Chris and James McNamara, Bobbie and Ed Rosenblatt, the Rudi Schulte Family Foundation, the Volentine Family Foundation and others.

Click here for more information about Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care, or contact Lailan McGrath at 805.965.5555 or lailan.mcgrath@vnhcsb.org.

Noozhawk contributing writer Rochelle Rose can be reached at rrose@noozhawk.com. Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkSociety, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Become a fan of Noozhawk on Facebook.

 

Visiting Nurse honors mothers Jane Habermann and Léni Fé Bland

ON the TOWN: Visiting Nurse honors mothers Jane Habermann and Léni Fé Bland

By Erin Graffy ||  May 21, 2017 12:45 AM

The family of Jane Habermann gathered to pay tribute to her as an “Honored Mother” at the Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care Mother’s Day Luncheon.

In the spirit of Mother’s Day, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care presented a luncheon to honor and remember mothers. It was a beautiful day at the Coral Casino, and a multi-faceted program was in store for the many attendees. The 16th annual fundraiser highlighted the nurturing quality of the Visiting Nurses and the motherly care they provide when we need them most.

Rick Keith, foundation executive director, thanked Host Committee members, including John and Hazel Blankenship, Barbara Kummer, Lailan McGrath, Judy Murphy, Thomas Rollerson, Maryan Schall and Marie-Ann Strait.

We noted Victoria Furst Hines’ artwork (wonderfully pretty flowers) featured on the invite and programs, and echoed in the table flowers — among the loveliest arrangements I’ve ever seen.

Lynda Tanner, president and CEO, acknowledged two significant sponsors: Irma Jurkowitz (“Honored Mother” in 2007) and the James Scheinfeld Family Foundation.

A fashion show produced by Pamela Dillman Haskell featured “family models” — three generations of the McCarthy-Frank, Dunham-Karr, Matthews-Moorman, Parker and Orzeck-Freedman families. (And, just for fun, Leila Orzeck finished her runway walk with an impressive set of push-ups!)

The late philanthropist Léni Fé Bland was saluted in a video tribute as a “remembered mother,” in which she was aptly described as always elegant, and kindly generous, especially to the arts.

“She had been blessed and felt compelled to share her blessings with others,” Peter MacDougall remarked in the video.

Rolf Geyling from the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission pointed out that Léni desired to spend personal time with their clients whom she was helping financially. “I am addicted to giving. I grew up helping,” she told him.

Jane Habermann honored her own mother at the very first Mother’s Day Luncheon, and now she was being honored by her children. Her sons spoke of her dedication to her family and community, and her vision and diligence in making things happen.

Daughter Lisa told of Jane’s background, starting out in her youth as a state champion “barrel racing cowgirl” back in North Dakota! “She is giving of herself as a gift to the community,” Lisa stated. “Through her work with Visiting Nurses, she helped so many people she’ll never get to meet.”

Angel Speier gave a powerful presentation about the services of VNHC, specifically its Serenity House, where her late husband, Kevin, had stayed when stricken with cancer. Serenity House is an 18-bed inpatient hospice house that provides care for patients whose needs cannot be met at home. The mother of two toddlers outlined the positive philosophy she and her husband shared: Look to the future, have no regrets, and be thankful. They appreciated what VNHC provided, including that Angel was able to stay in a bed next to husband, and Serenity House’s amazing peaceful view of the mountains and city. Angel’s remarks were especially poignant. Staff and supporters pointed out that Serenity House had been made possible by Jane Habermann’s vision, direction and leadership.

“Thanks for helping us in our transition,” Angel stated. “This organization provides families closure.”

Auchincloss, Kraus Join Visiting Nurse & Hospice Board

POSTED ON MAY 16, 2017 | 9:00 A.M.

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care (VNHC) has announced the addition of Gordon Auchincloss and Kenneth Kraus to its Board of Directors.

Auchincloss worked as a criminal prosecutor for the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s office for some 25 years before retiring in 2016. He served as a senior deputy district attorney, chief trial deputy and chief assistant district attorney. He supervised prosecutions against elder abuse as well as the Communities Against Senior Exploitation Partnership which provides fraud-prevention classes in addition to intervention and victim services for seniors who are targeted by criminals. He has worked with several local nonprofit groups and has served on local nonprofit boards including the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, Parc Foundation and Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation, where he is on the advisory council.

Auchincloss sits on the board for Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse where he has previously worked with at-risk children as a mentor. He continues to sit as a judge for Teen Court, a commitment he has enjoyed for some 20 years. Raised locally, Auchincloss attended high school, college and law school in Santa Barbara. He obtained his J.D. from Santa Barbara College of Law.

Kraus is a partner at Loeb & Loeb LLP. His practice focuses on entertainment, copyright, trademark and intellectual property law. While his primary emphasis is in the field of music, he has experience in film and television matters. He has represented major recording artists, songwriters, record companies, music publishers, book authors, managers, and music industry executives. Kraus also has been involved in a number of start-up matters, representing both companies and investors. He lectures at the Practicing Law Institute, the USC Entertainment Law Institute and other professional organizations.

For more information on VNHC, visit www.vnhcsb.org or call 965-5555.

— Kyrie Belme for Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care.

Marsha Bailey 101 One Hundred winners honored

Marsha Bailey 101 One Hundred winners honored

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Business Hall of Fame Inductee: Marsha Bailey, Women’s Economic Ventures

The Business Times would like to congratulate all of this year’s 101 One Hundred winners, as well as Marsha Bailey, who became the 15th member of the Business Times Hall of Fame. The featured firms and organizations listed below are comprised of the region’s top 50 private companies (ranked by revenue), top 25 publicly traded companies (ranked by market cap), and in its inaugural year, the Central Coast’s Best Places to Work top 25 list (ranked by survey score).

Our Hall of Fame inductee, along with the other featured companies, will be honored at an evening reception on Thursday, May 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara. To purchase tickets, please click here. To obtain a hard copies of the section, visit our website or call (805) 845-2749.

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Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care Presents: EXTREMIS

VISTING NURSE & HOSPICE CARE PRESENTS: EXTREMIS
POSTED ON APR 23 BY SEASONS MAGAZINE
Extremis poster, courtesy photo.

Extremis poster. Photo courtesy of Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care.

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care presents a special screening for the Academy Award-nominated, short documentary Extremis

Extremis is a Netflix-affliliated film which follows doctors, families and patients as they make end-of-life decisions. Directed by Dan Kraus, the film pursues the bleak but unavoidable concept that those whom you love will perish. Does the patient need machines? Can we unplug? Should we unplug? Sometimes even the doctors do not have a clear answer in the matter, which makes it even more heart-wrenching for the families involved. Though sad, the 25-minute documentary exposes how delicate life really is.

Following Extremis will be a Q&A headed by experts from Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care. Themes of the event will include navigating the maze of end-of-life care, understanding Hospice as an organization, and planning ahead for advanced healthcare directives.

This event will take place at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (2559 Puesta del Sol) on April 26 from 7–8:30 p.m. There will be free admission, parking and refreshments, but register in advance, as spots are limited.

—Toby Qualls

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care Presents: EXTREMIS

VISITING NURSE & HOSPICE CARE PRESENTS: EXTREMIS
Extremis poster, courtesy photo.

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care presents a special screening for the Academy Award-nominated, short documentary Extremis.

Extremis is a Netflix-affliliated film which follows doctors, families and patients as they make end-of-life decisions. Directed by Dan Kraus, the film pursues the bleak but unavoidable concept that those whom you love will perish.

Does the patient need machines, or is the only life still flowing through this person through means of AC? Can we unplug? should we unplug? Sometimes even the doctors do not have a clear answer in the matter, which makes it even more heart-wrenching for the families involved. Though sad, the 25-minute documentary exposes how delicate life really is.

Following Extremis will be a Q&A headed by experts from Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care. Themes of the event will include navigating the maze of end-of-life care, understanding Hospice as an organization, and planning ahead for advanced healthcare directives.

Register as spots are limited.

 

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care to Honor Jane Habermann, Léni Fé Bland at Mother’s Day Luncheon

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Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care to Honor Jane Habermann, Léni Fé Bland at Mother’s Day Luncheon

By Courtney Nguyen for Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care | March 21, 2017 | 12:24 p.m.

In honor of Mother’s Day, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care will host its 14th annual Mother’s Day Luncheon on May 12 at the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore’s Coral Casino in Santa Barbara.

Jane Habermann

Jane Habermann

Invited guests, many of whom have made this an annual tradition with their own mothers, will gather to recognize two mothers — one living and one in memory — and to celebrate their lives and contributions to the community.

VNHC’s 14th annual Mother’s Day Luncheon will pay tribute to Honored Mother Jane Habermann and to Remembered Mother Léni Fé Bland.

Honored Mother Jane Habermann

Habermann is the daughter of a country doctor in North Dakota, where she learned the value of home health care while accompanying her father on house calls.

Combining the strength she learned as a champion barrel racer and the compassion she gained watching her father work with patients, she applied both to her work in the nonprofit world.

Habermann came to Santa Barbara in 1965 and is a longtime VNHC board member, past board chair and co-chair of the Serenity House campaign. She retired from the VNHC board in 2015 but continues to be vitally involved with the VNHC mission.

Habermann’s mother, Dorothy Bacheller, was the first Honored Mother in 2002. Her dedication to the Santa Barbara community is recognized through her numerous awards, including Volunteer of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2007, the Neighborhood Clinics Health Care Hero in 2008 and Santa Barbara Woman of the Year in 2009.

Remembered Mother Léni Fé Bland

Fé Bland, a philanthropist, humanitarian and patron of the arts, was a woman of many talents. Her passion for music led to her establishment of the Léni Fé Bland Foundation, which provided scholarship opportunities for promising musicians and vocalists amounting to $2 million to more than 1,500 young artists.

Léni Fé Bland

Léni Fé Bland

Fé Bland also was an important donor to the renovation of the Granada Theatre and of the New Victoria Hall. She was one of the founders of the State Street Ballet and was an enthusiastic donor and patron of Community Arts Music Association of Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Symphony, Opera Santa Barbara, UCSB Arts & Lectures, the Santa Barbara Foundation and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

Although music, dance and theater were her core passions, she supported numerous social programs as well. Fé Bland never lost her awareness that at any moment there are people who live in sorrow and despair, and would talk about how changes could be made to the world, and about what specifically could be done to make Santa Barbara an even better place.

She passed away at her home Dec. 14, 2014, just a few weeks shy of what would have been her 100th birthday.

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care is the leading nonprofit provider of comprehensive home health care, personal care, palliative care, hospice care and related services necessary to promote the health and well-being of all community residents. Established in 1908, VNHC is one Santa Barbara’s oldest nonprofit organizations serving the greater Santa Barbara area and the Santa Ynez and Lompoc valleys. VNHC’s mission is to provide compassionate and trusted care for all, including those unable to pay.

Click here for more information about Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care, or call 805.965.5555.

— Courtney Nguyen is a marketing intern for Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care.

Peter Murphy Men’s Group Raises $70,000 for Visiting Nurse & Hospice

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Peter Murphy Men’s Group Raises $70,000 for Visiting Nurse & Hospice

POSTED ON APRIL 18, 2017 | 9:00 A.M.

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care (VNHC) celebrated its 14th Annual Peter Murphy Men’s Night April 7.

The evening is a time when men from the Santa Barbara community get together to collectively raise funds in support of VNHC’s Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon as well as its mission for trusted and compassionate care for all.

VNHC’s 16th Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon will pay tribute to Honored Mother Jane Habermann and to Remembered Mother Léni Fé Bland.

The Peter Murphy Men’s Night event was held at the home of Chris Toomey in Toro Canyon.

A short program included the story of two young men who “called Serenity House home” and brought to light the great impact that the guests were supporting.

“… Thank you for helping us help this community live well and die well,” said Rick Keith VNHC Foundation ED.

Thanks to the legacy left by Peter Murphy, the philanthropic group of men raised nearly $70,000. VNHC extends its gratitude to everyone who contributed. Visit www.vnhcsb.org/mensphotos to see photos from the evening.

Peter Murphy, who passed away in 2012 at VNHC’s Serenity House, was instrumental in beginning VNHC’s Men’s Night.

For a decade, Murphy was the driving force behind raising nearly $500,000 for VNHC to provide families in the community — including those unable to pay — access to compassionate home health and hospice care.

Murphy’s kindness and willingness to help others touched many people during his lifetime. The Men’s Night is named in his memory.

For more information on Visiting Nurse & Hospice, visit www.vnhcsb.org or call 965-5555.

— Stacy Nwokochah for Visiting Nurse & Hospice.

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