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‘Heroes of Hospice’ Art Sale to Benefit Hospice of Santa Barbara





By Kelly Kapaun for Hospice of Santa Barbara | Published on 10.15.2014

For the past 40 years, Hospice of Santa Barbarahas been fortunate to attract outstanding volunteers, supporters and partners. On Oct. 24, Hospice of Santa Barbara will honor three champions who have made a significant difference both to Hospice of Santa Barbara and to the community by advancing compassionate end-of-life care in Santa Barbara.

101514-Devereux-250 (1)“Devereux, Sands, Gaviota,” oil on canvas by Chris Potter, will be among the works available for purchase at Hospice of Santa Barbara’s Art Sale.


The event, which takes place on the Hospice of Santa Barbara front lawn, will include a full bar, catered food, music, and an exclusive art sale featuring works donated by numerous notable local artists. One-hundred percent of proceeds from the sale of the artwork will benefit Hospice of Santa Barbara.

Heroes of Hospice will showcase an exclusive Art Sale from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. The art sale will feature an array of donated works by more than 30 local artists.

For more in-depth viewing of all pieces, with artist information, click here.

Hospice of Santa Barbara will also accept sales after the event for any unsold pieces. Please click here or call 805.563.8820 for more information.

Tickets for Heroes of Hospice may be purchased by clicking here or by calling 805.563.8820.

Hospice of Santa Barbara “volunteers” its free professional counseling and care management services to more than 600 adults and 125 children every month who are experiencing the impact of a life-threatening illness or grieving the death of a loved one. Hospice of Santa Barbara is also present on eight local middle and high school campuses as well as UCSB to work with children, teens and young adults 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 click here. Find Hospice of Santa Barbara on Facebook and Twitter.

— Kelly Kapaun is a publicist representing Hospice of Santa Barbara.

United Way Heating Up Red Feather Ball with ‘Red, Hot and Swing’ Theme





101314-RedFeather-630Members of the 18th annual Red Feather Ball Planning Committee include, from left, Susan Hanna, Suzanne Danielson, Stephanie Sokolove, Merryl Brown, Cori Gacad and Amber Ortiz. Members not pictured include Bobbi Didier, Rachel Sofranko, Anne Towbes, Andria Kahmann and Amanda Koper. (United Way of Santa Barbara County photo)


By Flannery Hill for United Way of Santa Barbara County | Published on 10.13.2014 12:03 p.m.

The public is invited to attend United Way of Santa Barbara County’s 18th annualRed Feather Ball taking place from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Coral Casino in Santa Barbara.

This year’s ball will bring the special event expertise of renowned event planner Merryl Brown, who is known for her spectacular and epic parties. The event will include costumed greeters, live music, signature cocktails and a one-of-a-kind silent auction and other special surprises.

This much-anticipated annual ball attracts some of the most respected and admired leaders in our community, philanthropists and those seeking to improve their community. This year’s theme, “Red, Hot and Swing,” will be a modern, sleek and glittering tribute to the Golden Age of Jazz, the Rat Pack and Big Band Era.

Brown has been recognized for her outstanding work in event planning. Her achievements include the 2014 Special Events Association for Women in Communications Clarion Award as well as Best Wedding under $75,000 ISES Esprit Award finalist.

“We are thrilled to celebrate our 18th annual Red Feather Ball Gala,” said Paul Didier, president and CEO of UWSBC. “We hope the community will join us in celebrating the beautiful event our Red Feather Ball committee will produce, as well as 18 years of philanthropy.”

The Red Feather Ball aims to raise funds to support UWSBC’s important Fun in the Sun and United for Literacy programs and to honor the County of Santa Barbara and Jean Schuyler, outstanding recipients of UWSBC’s Abercrombie Community Excellence Award for their outstanding service and philanthropy.

Jean Schuyler and her late husband, Barry, devoted their extraordinary intelligence and quiet activism to the development of the Douglas Preserve, Maritime Museum and Ellwood Mesa; now among the special treasures of our community. Schuyler has served on numerous boards of trustees, including UWSBC.

The County of Santa Barbara has consistently been one of the top contributors of volunteer hours and financial support to United Way of Santa Barbara County. Over the past three decades, employees have raised $3.7 million for hundreds of local non-profit organizations including United Way of Santa Barbara County.

Tickets are $325 per person. Sponsorships are also available at $1,200 to $50,000 or above. Click here for tickets and more information.

— Flannery Hill is a publicist representing United Way of Santa Barbara County.

Garden Court Residents Voice Support for New Development at Planning Commission Hearing




 101014-GardenCourt-560Garden Court resident Marjorie Shore addresses the need for additional senior housing at Wednesday’s hearing before the Santa Barbara Planning Commission. (Garden Court photo)


On Thursday, Garden Court Endowment and the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara presented plans for a new development at a Planning Commission hearing at Santa Barbara’s City Council Chambers.

Several Garden Court residents and Garden Court staff addressed the need and plans for the new development called the “Gardens on Hope.”

With one in every 14 seniors living in poverty in Santa Barbara, the “Gardens on Hope” will address this issue by providing housing, three meals a day, housekeeping, help with activities of daily living and social events to those seniors in need.

“We are very fortunate for the quality of life Garden Court provides for the elderly,” said Fatunah Alford, resident at Garden Court on De la Vina. “Many of us are living to a much greater age than our parents and grandparents, and feel like a burden to our families. Garden Court gives us peace of mind, happiness, friends and community. We are cared for.”

The “Gardens on Hope” will be situated on a 1.75-acre lot at 251 S. Hope Ave. and will consist of 90 to 100 studio units. It will be modeled after the Garden Court development on De la Vina.

“Our team believes the site is ideal given its proximity to stores, public transit and health services,” said Kevin Nimmons, Garden Court Endowment president. “We are committed to developing high quality rental units that anyone would be proud to live in — developments that fit within the surrounding areas and enhance the neighborhood.”

— Flannery Hill is a publicist representing Garden Court.