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19th Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon
Friday, May 8, 2020

Out of concern for the wellbeing and health of our community we will be canceling our physical Mother's Day Luncheon event and transforming it this year into an online celebration for this year's Honored Mother, Sue Birch, and Remembered Mother, Adelle Chris Dyer. It is also an opportunity to recognize all mothers and caregivers!

Throughout the years, VNA Health has shined our light with compassion, perseverance and hope. At this moment in history, we are doing that once again. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, VNA Health has maintained care for all of our patients, and our brave caregivers are the ones tending to patients that are sent home from the hospital to recover.

On Friday, May 8, on this page ( please join us for our online celebration and raffle!

Your support is more important than ever.

Thank you!

Sue Birch
Our Honored Mother

Although quiet and humble, Sue Birch is a force to be reckoned with. Her love for the community is only exceeded by her dedication to her husband and family. With a heart for education and a joy for music, Sue has served on the Boards of many community organizations including the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, Laguna Blanca School, Opera Santa Barbara, and Mosher Foundation. To deepen their impact on supporting a healthy community, Sue and her husband, Ed were involved in creating the Mosher Center for Global Leadership at Westmont College, hoping to influence positive moral and ethical leadership locally and nationwide. Sue has had a varied and significant career in education, counseling and computer science, all while raising her two daughters. Sue is a warm, gentle, caring grandmother and is known as Nana to her four grandchildren.

Adelle “Chris” Dyer
Our Remembered Mother

Like Marian Watts, the founder of VNA Health 112 years ago, Chris was a vivacious and positive person, and nursing was her calling. She had a long and varied nursing career: Chris trained military paramedics, cared for movie stars at 20th Century Fox Studios, and even was an industrial nurse at an aircraft manufacturing company. She moved to the Santa Barbara area in the late 1950’s where she raised her son and daughter. Chris became the head nurse and supervisor of the Casa Dorinda Medical Center and Assisted Living Care, and spent many years caring for the people of the community. She was a constant and reassuring presence for people going through difficult times in their lives. Her children, four grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews adored her. She enthusiastically cared about each individual, and in turn she was beloved by all.

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Christine & Reece Duca

Trusted Sponsors

Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree

Heart Sponsors

Healing Sponsors

Bella Vista Designs Inc.

Ann & Ed Brady

Roberta & Stan Fishman

Anna & David Grotenhuis

Kimberly Schizas & Mark Linehan

Katina Zaninovich

Compassion Sponsors

Louise & David Borgatello
Pamela Dillman Haskell &
Christopher Haskell
Jane & Norman Habermann
Rudi Schulte Family Foundation
Sharol & Wayne Siemens

Caregiver Sponsors

Jodi Fishman-Osti & Darren Osti
Phil Hons

Patty Marshall

Maryan S. Schall
Carolyn & David Spainhour

Hospitality Sponsors

Mother’s Day Luncheon Sponsor Levels


  • Legacy Provides over 200 Music Therapy visits made to hospice patients at end of life.
  • 2020 Celebrating Mothers Exclusive Sponsor
  • 10 seats at a reserved premier luncheon table
  • 10 raffle tickets
  • Full page ad in program


  • Provides subsidized care at Serenity House to 20 patients this year.
  • Major Sponsor recognition in all promotions*
  • 10 seats at a reserved premier luncheon table
  • 10 raffle tickets
  • ½ page ad in program


  • Keeps the Loan Closet open for two weeks.
  • Major Sponsor recognition in all promotions*
  • 10 seats at a reserved luncheon table
  • 10 raffle tickets


  • Helps VNA Health provide one year of free Bereavement Services for anyone experiencing grief in the community.
  • Sponsor recognition in all promotions*
  • 6 seats at a reserved table (full table is 10 seats)
  • 6 raffle tickets


  • Helps VNA Health continue care for over 180 Veterans on our Hospice Care.
  • Sponsor recognition in all promotions*
  • 4 seats at a reserved table (full table is 10 seats)
  • 4 raffle tickets


$2,500In-Kind gift over $2,500
  • Supports the Mother’s Day Luncheon event.
  • 2 seats at a reserved table (full table is 10 seats)
  • 2 raffle tickets


  • Provides 4 seats at the luncheon for our VNA Health caregivers.
  • Sponsor recognition in all promotions*

Program Ads

  • $500 for a full page (4.25” X 10”)
  • $250 for a half page (4.25” X 5”)
  • Sponsor recognition in all promotions*
  • Use our custom template or submit a color ad. See spec sheet for acceptable files, dimensions, and more information.


**Donations of any kind will be greatly appreciated

For questions contact Lailan McGrath at 805.690.6218, or at

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Katina Zaninovich

Last Year’s Mother’s Day Luncheon

Last year, the 18th Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon welcomed nearly 400 guests to the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort on Friday, May 10, 2019. The event honored Sharol Siemens and remembered the mothers who passed away in the 2018 Debris Flow: Faviola Benitez Calderon, Josie Gower, Alice Mitchell, Marilyn Ramos Benitez, and Rebecca Riskin. Lauren Cantin took the stage to sing “Rise Up” by Andra Day. To everyone’s surprise, Day joined her on stage to sing her inspirational Grammy nominated song. A wonderful surprise for the Honored Mother was a performance by the The New Chordettes, as Sharol is a former Chordette. Andrew Firestone emceed the luncheon and introduced other musical performances including the Fratelli Men’s Chorus, Spencer Vincent and Santa Barbara Dance Arts, and Frankie Fairweather Harman with the All-In Youth Choir. The event raised $400,000 adding to directly fund Music Therapy Visits, Serenity House patients, Loan Closet operations, Bereavement Services, and VNA Health caregivers. Every year, the VNA Health Foundation raises more than $2 million to support direct patient charity care and charitable community benefit programs.

Andrew Firestone, Emcee
Photo Credit: Fritz Olenberger

Lauren Cantin & Andra Day
Photo Credit: Fritz Olenberger

All-In Youth Choir with Stacie Anthes, Director
Photo Credit: Rhianna Mercier Photography

Fratelli, a Men’s Chorus with Zack Wilde, Director
Photo Credit: Rhianna Mercier Photography

Spencer Vincent & Santa Barbara Dance Arts with Chloé Roberts, Choreographer
Photo Credit: Fritz Olenberger

Bob Duncan & The New Chordettes
Photo Credit: Fritz Olenberger

“I am honored that Lauren chose to sing ‘Rise Up.’ I wanted to meet her and sing with her because her story stirred in my spirit so deeply that I knew I had to go be with her. I wanted her to know that no matter what you go through in life there are people who care. Whether you have met them yet or not. I was in turn blessed by our interaction and her awareness of the healing design of music,” said Andra Day.