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Yacht Club’s Charity Regatta Benefits Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care

Yacht Club’s Charity Regatta Benefits Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care

More Than $1.3 Million Raised Since Event Inception

Thursday, September 14, 2017

On Saturday, September 9, a sold-out crowd of 400 gathered for one of Santa Barbara’s most fun fundraisers – the Santa Barbara Yacht Club Charity Regatta, which every year raises funds for Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care (VNHC). The club organizes the event, hosts it at its idyllic clubhouse, and taps its members for major donations and the use of their boats for racing and spectator viewing. This year’ event netted about $130,000, bringing the total raised over the past 13 years to more than $1.3 million. Commodore BIll Guilfoyle explained that the club selects VNHC every year as the recipient because of the broad impact VNHC has in the community. Everyone in the club has either had a direct experience with VNHC or knows someone who has.

The day began with a delicious brunch and mingling in the clubhouse, on the decks and beach. During a brief program, Guilfoyle welcomed the guests and shared how this year’s theme is Celebrating Healthcare Volunteers. VNHC has several hundred trained hospice, Vet-to-Vet, and administrative volunteers and can always use more.

Hospice volunteer Scott Eschbach eloquently shared how the hospice volunteers’ role is one of companionship and compassion, and while the role is an enormous responsibility, it is also an enormous honor. Eschbach urged others who have the gift to do this kind of work to volunteer, noting that “if we are not here to love, support, and help one another, then I’m not really sure why we are here. And so the question is not, Scott, how can you do that work … the question is Scott, how can you not do that kind of work?” Rousing applause followed.

Guests then could stay at the club to mingle, watch the race, and do other fun activities or they could jump on one of the 15 spectator boats. Along with about a dozen others, I jumped on Isla, Dennis and Sandy Boneck’s luxurious and spotless 44-foot High Star motoryacht. The Bonecks provided entertaining company, a smooth ride, front row race viewing, and bounteous food and beverages. Perfect conditions prevailed with 10-12 knot winds and warm sunshine. 32 boats ranging from 20 to 70 feet, including Taxi Dancer and Prevail, competed in five classes. After the race, guests enjoyed an early salmon and chicken buffet dinner while One, Two, Tree played lively tunes and then an awards ceremony concluded the event. A fabulous day for a fabulous cause.

Founded in 1908, VNHC provides comprehensive home health and personal care services. It offers hospice services both in home and at Serenity House. Thanks to fundraising efforts like the Regatta, VNHC is able to offer charity care for those unable to pay the full cost of its services so that it never has to turn away a patient for an inability to pay. Last year, VNHC served 12,000 patients and their families and was able to provide $2.4 million worth of charity care. VNHC also operates the Loan Closet, where medical equipment is loaned for free or given away. Last year, 4,000 items were provided.

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VNHC Foundation Executive Director Rick Keith, Alixe Mattingly, VNHC board member Mark Mattingly, and VNHC Marketing and PR Specialist Kyrie Belme.

VNHC volunteers Phil Hons and Scott Eschbach.

VHHC board member Ed Brady and Ann Brady, who made a $10,000 challenged grant to other board members, which was met.

Spectator boat owners Sandy and Dennis Boneck.

Ryan Eastwood, Oliver Stokke, SBYC Treasurer and Sponsor Mark Shevitz, Zoey Ziskind, Rear Commodore and Sponsor Scott Deardorff, and Liam Andresen. The youth participate in the Santa Barbara Youth Sailing Foundation.

Guests mingle in the clubhouse.

Commodore Guilfoyle’s Prevail, which won its race.

Dave Gonzales leads the group in singing, Commodore Guilfoyle looks on.

Bruce Loynd, Mark Spraggins, and Judy Alexander.

Gretchen Olenberger and event photographer Fritz Olenberger, who were celebrating their 45th anniversary.

The races.

One, Two, Tree perform.

Sponsor Brenda Blalock, SB Zoo’s Duncan the Dinosaur, and VNHC Special Events Manager Lailan McGrath.

Guests enjoy dinner after the regatta.

Event volunteers Arielle Moorman and Jonathan Moorman with their parents, VNHC Director of Marketing Easter Moorman and Event emcee David Moorman.

Yacht Club’s Annual Charity Regatta Getting Set to Sail

Yacht Club’s Annual Charity Regatta Getting Set to Sail

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care (VNHC) will again be the beneficiary of the Santa Barbara Yacht Club’s annual Charity Regatta, 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Yacht Club, 130 Harbor Way.

On Aug. 22, the Yacht Club hosted a cocktail reception with nearly 150 guests as a kick-off to the Charity Regatta and to thank sponsors and supporters. Guests included Santa Barbara Yacht Club members, Healthcare Volunteer Celebrity Skippers, sponsors, and VNHC staff and volunteers.

The 2017 Charity Regatta theme is Celebrating Healthcare Volunteers, recognizing VNHC volunteers as the Celebrity Skippers.

Volunteers are vital to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care, and the patients they serve, through their gifts of talent and time to home healthcare, personal care, palliative care, hospice care, the Loan Closet, and the We Honor Veterans program.

Because of their personal experiences, many volunteers are able to relate and connect on different levels, whether it is for emotional, spiritual, or physical support, they help VNHC provide services to all in the community, including those unable to pay.

The Charity Regatta, which is part of a national movement, will be a day of boat racing, entertainment and fun. In addition to the regatta race, this year there will be free family friendly exhibitions from the Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, and Maritime Museum.

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. and Pro-Yo will offer free tastings of their products.

The regatta is open to the public. Tickets are $100 per person and $30 per child under age 12. Buy tickets at To learn more, call 690-6218, or visit

For more about Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care, go to or call 965-5555. For more on the Santa Barbara Yacht Club, visit, or call 965-8112.

— Kyrie Belme for Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care.

Film examines tough end-of-life care decisions

May 20, 2017

“Extremis,” a documentary examining the difficult decisions that have to be made by patients, family members and physicians during end-of-life care, is being screened by Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care on Tuesday, June 6. The 24-minute Academy Award-nominated film begins at 8 p.m., followed by a Q&A with experts in the field.

The screening is outdoors at Kalyra Winery, 343 Refugio Road in Santa Ynez.

Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs and are welcome to bring nonalcoholic refreshments. Admission and parking are free. Registration is required.

For more information, call 690-6218. To register, visit

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care Honors DASH

POSTED ON MAY 30, 2017 | 9:00 A.M.

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care Honors DASH

Following a longstanding annual tradition of collaboration, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care (VNHC) has recognized DASH as this year’s Community Partners in Excellence. Each year VNHC staff and Board of Directors nominate partners in the community who work with VNHC to provide high-quality patient care and excellence. Since the inception of DASH (Doctors Assisting Seniors at Home) in 2012 (now DASH Medical), there are more than 2,000 Santa Barbara residents who’ve been enrolled in the program; more than 1,200 are currently active with DASH.

Through the years, (VNHC) has enjoyed an exceptionally positive working relationship with the DASH team. The spirit of collaboration between the organizations has included referrals to and from intermittent home care, timely transfers from DASH care to hospice care and vice versa, and strong connections to other community resources that benefited the patient and their family. The relationship helps patients receive timely needed services like lab testing, physical therapy, home safety assessments and other visiting nurse services quickly and efficiently.

Over the past five years, DASH has been able increase their breadth and depth of service. Originally designed to serve persons aged 60 and above, DASH now serves adults aged 18 and over who live in the Santa Barbara or Goleta area — either in their own home or in a housing community or in Assisted Living Facilities. They provide same day medical care to adults in their own homes or care settings. By offering prompt medical attention to people who are too ill to wait for an office appointment or too weak to get there, DASH helps them avoid unnecessary hospital stays and trips to the emergency room.

Patients are encouraged to sign-up with DASH before a health crisis arises. Participation in DASH has cut the number of ER visits and hospitalizations by nearly 40 percent for those enrolled in their program. The enrollment process involves a home visit from a DASH nurse to learn about the person’s health history and screen for common problems. Also discussed is what kind of medical treatment the patient would like, discussion and assistance with completing a POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) form and review of Advance Health Care Directives. Often, referrals are made to appropriate community resources. DASH provides same day in-home (or facility) visits for calls received by noon that day.

Nurses and doctors carry several dozen common medications so they can get patients started on treatment right on the spot. Communication of the visit is sent to the enrollee’s primary care physician (PCP) within 24 hours of each DASH visit, keeping the person’s regular doctor up-to-date on new health issues and any treatments provided. Other growth accomplishments include establishing a partnership with the St. Francis Foundation, a 501 c(3), so DASH can accept tax-deductible donations to help the organization continue to provide services to low-income Santa Barbara residents without any monthly membership fee.

The nurses and doctors of DASH have made more than 6,000 home visits, many of them to VNHC patients. Always included as essential to all concerned, is keeping the primary care physician as central in that circle of home care — surely a key to the DASH Program’s success. The feature of DASH’s “in-home response to urgent medical needs,” most certainly has improved not only the quality of care provided to individuals, but has, indeed, served to enhance their quality of life, a primary objective of VNHC service as well.

For more information, visit or call 965-5555.

— Kyrie Belme for Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care.

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.

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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.”

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