Heroes in our Community Celebrated at Heroes of Hospice of Santa Barbara Luncheon at the Four Seasons Biltmore, Coral Casino

August 30, 2017
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(From L to R) Legacy Award Honoree – Charles Zimmer; Volunteer Award honoree – Dream Foundation’s Flower Empower Program represented by Kisa Heyer, Chief Executive Officer and Valerie Banks, Flower Empower Coordinator; Partnership Award honoree – Ridley-Tree Cancer Center represented by Matthew Kunkel, MHA, Vice President of Oncology Services and Frederic C. Kass, JD, MPA, MD, Director, Medical Oncology. Courtesy photo.

SANTA BARBARAHospice of Santa Barbara is proud and privileged to celebrate the 2017 Heroes of Hospice of Santa Barbara “Jewels by the Sea” at the Four Seasons Biltmore, Coral Casino. This year, the organization will honor the Flower Empower program of the Dream Foundation; Ridley-Tree Cancer Center; and Charles Zimmer—longtime past executive director of Hospice of Santa Barbara.

As part of this elegant reception, luncheon and ceremony honoring outstanding individuals and organizations that serve to make Santa Barbara a better place, Hospice of Santa Barbara will be featuring other local “gems” –specifically, pieces of selected new and antique jewelry will be the highlight of our silent auction collection. This year’s award recipients are:

Volunteer Award—Dream Foundation’s “Flower Empower” program, a Santa Barbara-based, volunteer-driven program that delivers floral bouquets, fresh-baked cookies, fine chocolates and cards hand made by school children to people in hospitals, hospices, cancer centers and their homes. Volunteers prepare dozens of arrangements using donated flowers. Flower delivery referrals come from cancer centers, nurses, doctors, hospices, elder support organizations and others. The Flower Empower generously provides their gifts to many local people including the clients that HSB serves.

Partnership Award—Ridley-Tree Cancer Center is the regional destination for anyone needing oncology and services. They are a source of continuing support to cancer patients and their families. Hospice of Santa Barbara is proud of its long partnership with the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center in serve to those with cancer.

Legacy Award—Charles Zimmer has worn multiple hats for Hospice of Santa Barbara, giving tirelessly to its mission as both a leader, advisor and advocate. Charlie was one of the organization’s early Executive Directors before later moving onto the Board of Directors. Currently he is on the Hospice of Santa Barbara Human Resource advisory committee as well as being an Emeritus Board member. His leadership and the numerous roles he has continuously played has made Hospice of Santa Barbara the outstanding nonprofit it is today.

Hospice of Santa Barbara invites the community to join them at the luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at The Biltmore’s Coral Casino, 1260 Channel Dr., Santa Barbara, CA in recognition of the “Heroes.” Ticket reservations are available online or by contacting (805) 563-8820 or info@hospiceofsb.org.

About Hospice of Santa Barbara: Hospice of Santa Barbara provides, at no cost, professional counseling, support groups, and patient care services to individuals and families who are grieving the death of a loved one or experiencing the impact of a serious illness. Hospice of Santa Barbara is also present on six local high school campuses to work with children and teens 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 visit www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org

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