Past Events


Volunteer Appreciation Party

We celebrated our volunteers on Thursday, May 2nd at Creekside Restaurant & Bar with a Backyard Barbeque to show our appreciation for all the good and meaningful work they do, serving people in our community living with serious illness. During the program portion of this event, our Director of Volunteer Services, Nicole Romasanta, acknowledged and thanked our

‘I Have A Friend’ volunteers, Beloved Bear volunteers, and our Patient Care Services volunteers. Thank you to our volunteers for your kindness, compassion, and presence that you provide!

Shining Light Society Reception at the Wine Cask

As a way to recognize their generous key supporters, Hospice of Santa Barbara (HSB) has launched the Shining Light Society for those who have donated $1,000 or more over the past few years or who have made a lifetime gift of more than $20,000 and/or who have made a commitment to HSB in their estate plan. Hosted at the Wine Cask on June 13th, over 40 guests enjoyed wine and appetizers as they learned more about the important free services of Hospice of Santa Barbara.

For more information on the Shining Light Society, please click here.

1st Annual Shining Light Legacy Society Luncheon

For more than 40 years, forward-thinking people have been naming Hospice of Santa Barbara in their estate plans.  When we learn of these designations, Hospice of Santa Barbara recognizes these legacy donors in perpetuity as members of the Shining Light Legacy Society.    

Legacy gifts make a significant impact on Hospice of Santa Barbara’s ability to provide vital services to people who are at their most vulnerable.  Our mission is to care for anyone suffering from a serious illness or grieving the loss of a loved one, and there is never a cost associated with our services.  “Compassionate care…freely given” is our motto.   There should be no barriers to keeping those who suffer from seeking the help they need, and your generosity makes it all possible.

We recently had our 1st Annual Shining Light Legacy Society Luncheon on Wednesday, June 6th at the home of Jeanne West. This special luncheon is in recognition of those who have made a planned gift to Hospice of Santa Barbara. We are very grateful for our wonderful friends and the compassion and confidence they have for HSB.

For more information on the Shining Light Legacy Society, please click here.


Volunteer Appreciation Party

We celebrated our volunteers with a Luau themed Volunteer Appreciation party on Thursday, May 24th, to show our appreciation for all of the good and meaningful work they do, serving people in our community living with serious illness. During the program portion of this event each volunteer was presented with an individualized card that was read aloud, including a quote from a person or family member whose life they have directly touched. Each card expressed appreciation for the kindness, compassion and presence that our HSB Volunteers provide.

For more information on Volunteer Opportunities, please click here.

5th Annual Heroes of Hospice

Thank you to all our sponsors, donors, staff, volunteers and all who attended the 5th Annual Heroes of Hospice Luncheon. We had more than 300 people in attendance and raised over $155,000! Our speaker, Jesse Brisendine, led the guests in a paddle raise, which raised over $65,000.

We'd like to give a special thanks to Melinda Goodman Kemp, Jill and Barry Kitnick, Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, Melinda Goodman Kemp, Linda Yawitz, Lynne Cantlay, and Dr. Steve Hosea for supporting the work of Hospice of Santa Barbara through their generosity. 

We are so proud to have honored the incredible people who have demonstrated compassionate dedication in the service of HSB's clients.

John Aspra (1956-2017) 

Beverley Jackson Art Reception

Hospice of Santa Barbara hosted a wine and hors d'oeuvres open house reception for local artist Beverley Jackson's new art exhibition at the Leigh Block Gallery. 25% of the proceeds from Jackson's art sales were donated to Hospice of Santa Barbara, Inc.

Beverley Jackson is an author of six books on the history of Chinese costume and custom, including the prize-winning Splendid Slippers on the history of Chinese footbinding. She has lectured in Universities and Museums internationally and is a world traveler as well as a photojournalist and a newspaper columnist. She has collected dolls since she was seven years old and has a major collection of international dolls specializing in dolls from Spain and China. She moved to Santa Barbara, California in 1963. Her writing life began with a people column she wrote for the Santa Barbara News-Press for 22 years.

The exhibit runs until October 31st. You can schedule a viewing of the exhibit by calling (805) 563-8820. 

Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

To acknowledge the ways suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and our loved ones, our staff was present at the Sept. 10 "Out of the Darkness Walk" at Leadbetter Beach in Santa Barbara. We are touched by all the reasons people came out to walk. Thank you to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for organizing the event in honor of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

HSB attended the September 6th "Let's talk about suicide" Film Screening and Conversation which took place at the Goleta Community Center. A crowd of 60 gathered to learn and share their experiences.