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For Immediate Release                                         Press Contact: Kelly Kapaun/Chris Davis 805/687-3322

December 1, 2010, Santa Barbara, CA—Talented young singer Allison Lewis, winner of the inaugural 2010 Santa Barbara Teen Idol competition, will perform at Hospice of Santa Barbara’s annual Light Up a Life ceremonies this year.

Each year in December, families and friends gather for Light Up A Life in Goleta, Santa Barbara and Carpinteria for ceremonies celebrating the lives and joy of remembrance of our loved ones.

Lewis will be the featured soloist at both the Goleta and Santa Barbara ceremonies. Also, back by popular demand in Goleta will be the Dos Pueblos Jazz Choir.  Performing at the Sunday Santa Barbara ceremony for the first time will be the Santa Barbara High School Madrigal Singers, of which Lewis is a member.  Popular Santa Barbara vocalist Lois Mahalia and perennial favorite Winnie Scarcia will both perform at this year’s Light Up a Life in Carpinteria.

“We are proud to welcome Allison Lewis and the Santa Barbara Madrigal Singers to their first Light Up a Life performances,” said Steve Jacobsen, executive director of Hospice of Santa Barbara. “Having such a large youthful presence at this year’s events is sure to make for exciting performances.”

Lewis, a junior at Santa Barbara High School, feels a personal connection to the Light Up a Life ceremonies through the experience of a close friend who dealt with loss at a young age, like many children and teens in the community.

Hospice of Santa Barbara serves a large number of young people in Santa Barbara County who are coping with the loss of someone close to them. Hospice of Santa Barbara provides free counseling and support services to children, teens and adults in the community who are grieving the death of a loved one, including providing support services at area high schools.

This year’s Light Up a Life ceremonies dates and locations are:

Saturday, December 4, 5:30 p.m. – Camino Real Marketplace, Goleta
Sunday, December 5, 5:30 p.m. – Lobero Theater front lawn, Santa Barbara
Saturday, December 11, 5:30 p.m. – Linden House, 789 Linden Avenue, Carpinteria
The mission of Hospice of Santa Barbara, Inc. is to provide care to anyone experiencing the impact of a life-threatening illness, or grieving the death of a loved one. For more information, please call (805) 563-8820 or visit www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org.

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