Santa Barbara, CA, July 13, 2015 – Santa Barbara Yacht Club is pleased to announce that Robyn Parker and Sarah Berkus Gower are co-chairing the Santa Barbara Yacht Club’s 11th Annual Charity Regatta to benefit Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care. Robyn and Sarah, along with a dedicated committee of Santa Barbara Yacht Club members and Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care staff, are planning a thrilling day of racing, entertainment, and goodwill. The event will be held on Saturday, September 12th and will begin at 12 Noon at the Yacht Club, where guests will gather for a special champagne toast and a water canon salute before the race begins.
Robyn Parker, a member of the Santa Barbara Yacht Club and Program Officer at Hutton Parker Foundation, is proud to be a fifth generation from Santa Barbara. Along with her work at the Foundation, Parker enjoys volunteering her time to support many local non-profits. Most recently, Parker was Co-Chair of Court Appointed Special Advocate’s ‘CASA by the SEA” event. Parker also serves on the Board of Directors of the Santa Barbara Zoo, as well as a committee member for the organization’s Zoofari Ball fundraiser. Parker is also President of the Santa Barbara City College Alumni Association and a member of the Santa Barbara Bowl’s Education Outreach Committee. She has also served on committees for the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara Maritime Museum and the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Parker joined the Charity Regatta planning committee in 2011 after her grandfather, RP Richards, used the loving care of Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care in his final days.
Sarah Berkus Gower, an attorney with local law firm Hollister & Brace, is a third generation Santa Barbara native living on the lower Mesa with her husband and two dogs. Along with her work as an attorney representing high-net-worth clients in complex family law matters, Sarah volunteers her time supporting local non-profits in the Santa Barbara community. Sarah has spent many days at the Santa Barbara Yacht Club, with her grandfather and father being long-time members, sailors, and owners of J-24 racing boats. Sarah initially became involved with the Charity Regatta when her grandfather, local architect Barry Berkus, passed away in 2012 at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care’s Serenity House, after also having been assisted by the care and services of VNHC’s visiting nurses at his home. Having had lifelong connections to the Yacht Club and first-hand experience with Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care, Sarah is passionate about this event and cause, and excited to co-chair this year’s Yachts of Love Charity Regatta benefitting Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care.
As Co-Chairs of the committee, Robyn and Sarah have assembled a remarkable team to help plan this year’s event. Committee members include: Brittany Avila, Elizabeth Adams, Kaleen Baker, Rebecca Benard, Ed Brady, Erika Buse, Jack Byers, Roger Chrisman, Sarah Chrisman, Trish Davis, Marisa Demourkas, Joanne Gordon, Shari Guilfoyle, Daniel Herrera, Mary Lee Hopkins, Larry Leveille, Francie Lufkin, Easter Moorman, Sabrina Papa, Tony Papa, Tom Parker, Judy Rawles, David Sadecki, Jo Sadecki, Jen Smithwick, Sigrid Toye, Shannon Vernon, Craig Wilberg, and Kathleen Yabsley.
The Charity Regatta is part of a national movement and has become a signature event in Santa Barbara. The Santa Barbara Yacht Club is proud to support Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care, and the “Yachts of Love” Charity Regatta is one way the Yacht Club members give back to the Santa Barbara community. Since its inception in 2005, the Charity Regatta has raised more than $1 million so that Santa Barbara County families have access to compassionate, quality health care from Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care.
Sponsorship opportunities for this year’s event are available at $15,000, $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500 levels. Sponsorship includes admission to the Regatta, Cocktail Party, barbecue, and recognition opportunities. Current top sponsors include Impulse Advanced Communications and Hutton Parker Foundation. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.vnhcsb.org/sponsor, or contact Daniel Herrera at 805.690.6260 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The “Yachts of Love” Charity Regatta is open to the public. Beginning August 1st, tickets can be purchased at www.vnhcsb.org/regatta. Tickets are $100 per person and $30 per child under 12 years of age. Guests are invited to check in at 12 p.m. and sign up to ride on one of the spectator boats. Space on the spectator boats is limited and available on a first-come first-served basis. For tickets and event information, call (805) 690-6290, or visit www.vnhcsb.org/regatta.
About Santa Barbara Yacht Club
Founded in 1872, Santa Barbara Yacht Club is the second-oldest yacht club on the west coast of North America. It is a family-oriented club, rich with history and tradition. The Yacht Club is devoted to promoting and managing yachting activities, advancing the art of seamanship, preserving maritime tradition, and providing for the social and recreational needs of our members while being mindful of our important role in the community. We are a non-profit private club and membership is by invitation only. For more information on the Santa Barbara Yacht Club, visit www.sbyc.org, or call 805-965-8112.
About Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care
Since 1908, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care has been Santa Barbara’s trusted home care expert. Serving the greater Santa Barbara area, and Santa Ynez and Lompoc Valleys, VNHC provides high quality, comprehensive home health, hospice, and related services necessary to promote the health and well-being of all community residents. For more information on Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care, visit www.vnhcsb.org or call (805) 965-5555.