Funds will support “Homes for Hospice” program in San Diego, offering unique home-like setting for patients with life-limiting illness
SAN DIEGO — The 16th annual Sharp HospiceCare Benefit Dinner and Regatta netted $400,000 from its two-day event, held Aug. 24 and 25. Coronado Yacht Club, Cortez Racing Association and Sharp HospiceCare hosted the regatta, which was co-chaired by Kathy Bongiovanni and Sherri Summers.
Top event sponsors included an anonymous donor and Horizon Oxygen and Medical Equipment, Inc. The funds will help offset unfunded patient care and supplemental patient programs, such as music therapy, healing touch and the We Honor Veterans program. The event also supports Sharp HospiceCare’s Homes for Hospice program, which offers a unique environment for patients with a life-limiting illness, to meet their needs in a comfortable home setting.
“The community’s enduring support for what we do is truly humbling,” Suzi K. Johnson, vice president of Sharp HospiceCare, said. “We are honored to have the opportunity to care for our patients and their families when they need us most. The generous donations from the Regatta help us further our mission to provide this type of specialized care to all those in the community who need it.”
The festivities kicked off on Aug. 24 at Hotel del Coronado, with a pre-race dinner and silent auction attended by 550 guests, followed by the regatta on Aug. 25 at Coronado Yacht Club, where 750 guests enjoyed lunch, dinner and music. Guests also cruised along San Diego Bay aboard 40 spectator yachts for a breathtaking view of the bay and racecourse, as 53 race boats in nine classes competed in the regatta.
The overall regatta winner was the sailboat A4, skippered by Scot Tempesta. The A4 crew will have the opportunity to compete in the 2019 National Hospice Regatta Alliance. Second place overall winner was Andrew Picel on his sailboat, Arsenal.
River Paquin, the 16-year-old skipper of the sailboat Elusive, won the Greg Walker Memorial Cup. The award has been given each year to a Coronado Yacht Club racer in memory of 2014 Coronado Yacht Club Commodore Greg Walker, who passed away late that year at Sharp HospiceCare’s ParkView hospice residence.
Sharp HospiceCare is a not-for-profit, Medicare-certified organization, dedicated to providing comfort and compassion with end-of-life support for patients and their families.