Compassionate and trusted care began with our moms, and in honor of Mother’s Day, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care hosted its 15th Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon on Friday, May 6 at the Four Seasons Resort Coral Casino.

Each year VNHC honors two mothers – one living and one in memory – to celebrate their lives and acknowledge their contributions to our community.  This year, VNHC celebrated Remembered Mother Debby Davison, and Honored Mother Kate Firestone.

VNHC President & CEO Lynda Tanner takes the catwalk with stride.

Nearly 400 guests enjoyed a mimosa as they lined up for the Fashion Show, which was produced and directed by Pamela Dillman Haskell. KEYT’s Meredith Garofalo narrated the show, which featured 12 models from VNHC’s staff and volunteers, and showcased fabulous looks from k.frank.

Andrew Firestone then thrilled the audience with a lively bidding war for the exciting live auction tropical getaway to Costa Rica from Montecito Village Travel and Alaska Airlines. The crowd then cheered as the winning raffle ticket was drawn for the Epicurean Delights basket filled with 13 gift certificates from local restaurants and 14 bottles of wine.

Andrew Firestone and KEYT’s Meredith Garofalo

Andrew Firestone and KEYT’s Meredith Garofalo



VNHC Foundation Executive Director Rick Keith opened the luncheon program with a warm welcome and introduction of the many wonderful supporters and sponsors of the event, including lead sponsors Irma and Morrie Jurkowitz, Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, and Impulse Advanced Communications. The Host Committee, chaired by Brenda Blalock, was thanked, along with President & CEO Lynda Tanner and  the VNHC Board.



Catherine Remak, KLITE Radio Host, opened the honoree celebration with warm reflections of both Debby and Kate. The program continued with a memorable video of Debby Davison’s life – both professional and personal – followed by a moving tribute by her son Eric Davison. Then the hilarious and talented Firestone brothers – Adam and Andrew – provided an entertaining and loving celebration of their mother Kate, while a slideshow rolled to complement their narration of her life. Kate’s remarks included a touching reflection of Debby, and heartfelt appreciation for her family and everyone in attendance.

KLITE's Catherine Remak

KLITE’s Catherine Remak

Together, this year’s Men’s Night and Mother’s Day Luncheon, raised over $300,000, which will directly benefit Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care’s mission to provide compassionate and trusted care for all. Thank You!

With your support, VNHC touches the lives of hundreds of people on any given day:

• Over 20 people borrow free basic medical equipment from our Loan Closet

• Over 300 people receive trusted care at home from our Home Health Care and Personal Care Services teams

• Over 150 people receive hospice care with dignity and compassion at home and in our Serenity House

As a nonprofit organization, we are able to fulfill our charitable mission thanks to the generosity of so many who donate and volunteer. Join us throughout the month of May as we continue Celebrating Mothers and honoring all mothers and special women in our lives. To learn more about supporting Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care, call Rick Keith at 805-690-6222.

Thanks again for your support.


VNHC Foundation Executive Director Rick Keith

Firestone Family: Adam, Kate, Catherine (Kate), Brooks, Ivana, and Andrew

Adam Firestone (son), Kate Firestone (daughter-in law), Honoree Kate Firestone, Brooks Firestone (husband), Ivana Firestone (daughter-in-law), and Andrew Firestone (son).

Dr. Dennis Phelps, Lisa Phelps, and Eric Davison


See more photos from our 2016 Men’s Night and our 2016 Mother’s Day Luncheon


Mother’s Day Luncheon 2016 Host Committee

With heartfelt appreciation and affection, we recognize the following Host Committee.

Host Commitee: Thomas Rollerson, Sally Hanseth, Pamela Dillman Haskell, Keiko Dunahm, Alixe Mattingly, Kim Schizas, Mark Linehan, Rick Keith, Judy Murphy, Chris Haskell, Victoria Hines, Lynda Tanner, Jane Habermann, and Committee Chair Brenda Blalock. Not pictured: Neil Levinson and Alan Porter.


Mother’s Day Luncheon 2016 Sponsors

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care is grateful for the community’s support
that enables us to provide compassionate trusted care
to all Santa Barbara families, including those unable to pay.

Thank you for your generosity!

Davison Family Table

gifted by

  • Chris Emmons
  • Jackie Inskeep
  • Anne Towbes
Firestone Family Table

gifted by 

  • Firestone Family
Silver Rose
Red Rose
White Rose
Pink Rose
Rose Petal Donor
Raffle Donors

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