On Saturday September 9, a sold-out crowd of 400 gathered for one of Santa Barbara’s most fun fundraisers – the Santa Barbara Yacht Club Charity Regatta, which every year raises funds for Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care (VNHC). The club organizes the event, hosts it at its idyllic clubhouse, and taps its members for major donations and the use of their boats for racing and spectator viewing. This year’ event netted about $130,000, bringing the total raised over the past 13 years to more than $1.3 million. Commodore BIll Guilfoyle explained that the club selects VNHC every year as the recipient because of the broad impact VNHC has in the community. Everyone in the club has either had a direct experience with VNHC or knows someone who has.
The day began with a delicious brunch and mingling in the clubhouse, on the decks and beach. During a brief program, Guilfoyle welcomed the guests and shared how this year’s theme is Celebrating Healthcare Volunteers. VNHC has several hundred trained hospice, Vet-to-Vet, and administrative volunteers and can always use more.
Hospice volunteer Scott Eschbach eloquently shared how the hospice volunteers’ role is one of companionship and compassion, and while the role is an enormous responsibility, it is also an enormous honor. Eschbach urged others who have the gift to do this kind of work to volunteer, noting that “if we are not here to love, support, and help one another, then I’m not really sure why we are here. And so the question is not, Scott, how can you do that work … the question is Scott, how can you not do that kind of work?” Rousing applause followed.
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