Thank you to everyone who participated in the 19th Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon Virtual Celebration! We have raised over $275,000 to support the amazing work of our VNA Health staff, so that we may continue to care for our community with compassion and integrity, even through COVID-19.

We invite you to view the beautiful Virtual Celebration and tributes to Honored Mother Sue Birch and Remembered Mother Adelle “Chris” Dyer.


Christine & Reece Duca

Trusted Sponsors

Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree

Wood-Claeyssens Foundation

Heart Sponsors

Chris Toomey

Healing Sponsors

Bella Vista Designs Inc.

Ann & Ed Brady

Chris & Bob Emmons

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
Mutual of America
Rudi Schulte Family Foundation
Sharol & Wayne Siemens

Caregiver Sponsors

Jodi Fishman-Osti & Darren Osti
Phil Hons
Patty Marshall
Elizabeth & Don Murray
Maryan S. Schall
Roxanna & Randall Solakian
Carolyn & David Spainhour

Hospitality Sponsors

Tribute Ads

Brittany Avila Wazny
Samantha Beach
Theresa Borgatello Carlson
Pamela Dillman Haskell
Keiko Dunham
Chris Emmons

Jodi Fishman-Osti
Judy Gaede
Jane Habermann
Judy Headley
Victoria Hines
Patty Marshall

Lailan McGrath
Val Montgomery
Judy Murphy
Tracy Phillips
Marie Ann Strait
Katina Zaninovich

**Donations of any kind will be greatly appreciated

For questions contact Lailan McGrath at 805.690.6218, or at

Congratulations to our raffle winners!

Tony Askew Painting: Robert Fead & Beverlye Hyman Fead

Staycation Package: Megan Barnhart at Schipper Construction Company

Vacation Getaway: Sue & Ed Birch

A huge thank you to our generous
2020 MDL Raffle Donors!

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.