Over 200 friends and supporters attended the event, had the chance to tour the new facilities, and talk to VNHC leaders, volunteers and board members about the hospice and home health care they provide to Santa Barbara County.

After welcoming remarks and an exciting reveal of the updated logo by Board Chair Michelle Martinich, and a brief historical retrospective from President & CEO Lynda Tanner, representatives from the offices of both Congresswoman Lois Capps and Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson presented VNHC with certificates from the dignitaries recognizing the organization’s 105 years of service to the Santa Barbara community.

VNHC’s Foundation Executive Director Rick Keith thanked the many individuals and companies that assisted with the acquisition, building, and moving of the agency to their new offices on Gutierrez Street and Montecito Street in Downtown Santa Barbara. Mr. Keith then asked guests to join him in thanking the building sponsor Cliff Sponsel and his family. He encouraged guests to notice the additional naming opportunities throughout the building. For information on how to sponsor a room or area of the new offices with your family’s name, please contact Mr. Keith at (805) 690-6290 or rick.keith@vnhcsb.org.

To close the short program, Mayor Helene Schneider joined VNHC’s COO Pauline Jones, past Board Chair Steve Lew, Ms. Martinich, Ms. Tanner, and Mr. Keith for the official ribbon-cutting. All attending were welcomed to tour the clinical building and the administrative offices, and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and wine throughout the evening.

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care is the leading nonprofit provider of comprehensive in-home health care. The mission of Visiting Nurse Hospice Care is to provide high quality, comprehensive home health, hospice and related services necessary to promote the health and well-being of all community residents, including those unable to pay. It serves the greater Santa Barbara area, and Santa Ynez and Lompoc Valleys. Established in 1908, Visiting Nurse is one of Santa Barbara’s oldest nonprofit organizations. For more information on Visiting Nurse & Hospice care, click here or call (805) 965-5555.

Rick Keith, VNHC Foundation Executive Director, Cliff Sponsel, Juliette Sponsel, Lynda Tanner, VNHC President & CEO


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