Mountain Mama’s Hospice Regatta — Summerville Lake, WV September 8 & 9, 2012

Watch videos from this weekend’s exciting WV event!!


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‘Yachts of Love’ Raises Thousands For Hospice

SANTA BARBARA – More than 50 sailboats from the Santa Barbara Harbor raced around the USS Halsey for the 8th annual Yachts of Love charity regatta which raises thousands of dollars for the Serenity House.– Written by Victoria Sanchez

The boats hosted visitors and celebrity skippers for the race on Sunday afternoon.

“This is my first time sailing so what I don’t know about sailing fills volumes,” said Sheriff Bill Brown with a smile.

“I’m a sonar technician. I don’t drive, I navigate underwater!” said Vaughn Hardge of the USS Halsey.

The Taxi Dancer is co-owned by the hospice regatta chairman Tom Parker. Six sailors from the missile destroyer were able to go on board.

“This is quite a bit different. This is a lot more fun!” said Lieutenant Junior Grade Kimberly Lahnala with a laugh.

“We went on the Halsey yesterday and I met them. To see just the expression on their face, they’re having such a great time. You can really see they’re excited to be out here,” said Parker.

“This is great! I’ve never done it before,” said Hardge.

For the past eight years, the Yacht Club and its members have raised more than $800,000 for Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care. This year, around $130,000 was raised.

The people on the Taxi Dancer alone brought in $50,000 for the cause, but the real competition was on the water.

Once the signal was given, the sailboats were off. The first few were neck and neck trying to make it to the first marker.

Then it was the celebrity skippers’ turn to sail to the finish line.

“Right there, a little less than that now, you’ve taken too much. That’s perfect!” said Parker to Sheriff Brown.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff steered the Taxi Dancer and the 30 people on board to victory.

For more information on the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care’s Serenity House, click

Willard Bond Posters available from NHRA — Signed & numbered

For almost 20 years, famed marine artist Willard Bond allowed his art to be used to promote hospice regattas, starting even before the National Hospice Regatta Alliance existed.

Throughout that time, Willard personally signed and numbered these popular, limited-edition posters. The Alliance is pleased to announce that we are making available for public sale our inventory of 2012 signed/numbered posters featuring “Pacific Drop” (above) and a prior year, “Breaking Through” (below).

Sadly, with Willard’s death in May, we’ve lost his talent and his personality that touched so many. His commitment to hospice and hospice regattas survives: he and his family agreed before his death that images will continue be available to promote hospice regattas. (We will announce the selection for 2013 later this year.)

Meanwhile, you can purchase “Pacific Drop” and/or “Breaking Through” for $100 apiece, plus shipping. To place an order, just complete the order form (see below) and e-mail it to Shipping will be combined for multiple poster orders.

Poster order form

Yachts of Love Charity Regatta to Set Sail Sept. 9, Santa Barbara, CA

Community event will benefit Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care’s Serenity House

The decks have been scrubbed, the flags hoisted high, and the sailor whites are pressed and ready — the eighth annual Yachts of Love Charity Regatta is just around the corner!

On Sept. 9, the Santa Barbara community is invited to attend this exciting sailing event, hosted by the Santa Barbara Yacht Club to benefit Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care’s Serenity House, a hospice facility.

Tom Parker, a member of the SBYC Board of Directors and president of the Hutton Parker Foundation, has been named chairman of the event. This year’s Regatta promises to be a thrilling day of racing, entertainment and goodwill.

“This event acknowledges our Volunteer of the Year, Julia Kauffman, who has been volunteering with VNHC for three years at Serenity House,” said Lynda Tanner, president and CEO of Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care. “Julia’s volunteer duties have included direct patient care, kitchen and housekeeping assistance, administrative tasks and mentoring new volunteers. She performs all these tasks with a smile, positive attitude and a compassionate presence. We are so grateful to her for her time and dedication to our organization.”

This year the Regatta will celebrate heroes, including local safety personnel and military servicemen, who will serve as Celebrity Skippers aboard the boats. About 25 representatives from the Santa Barbara City Fire Department, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department and the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office will wear the captain’s hats on the racing boats — all gunning for the Yachts of Love trophy.

Adding to the day’s excitement will be the visiting USS Halsey and its crew, many of whom will join the racing and observation boats as guests of the Santa Barbara Navy League. The USS Halsey, a guided missile destroyer named in honor of Fleet Admiral William Frederick “Bull” Halsey Jr., who served in the U.S. Navy duringWorld War II, will provide a majestic backdrop to the Santa Barbara Harbor from Sept. 7-10.

Throughout the day, guests will have the opportunity to buy raffle tickets for $10 each or purchase five for $40 and have a chance at winning any of 50 raffle items that have been generously donated by local businesses. Guests can also bid on exclusive silent auction items including two Fire Station dinners, and an original painting by Ralph Waterhouse of Waterhouse Gallery.

The event is open to the public from noon to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Santa Barbara Yacht Club. The day will include sailboat races, spectator boat rides and a Yacht Club beach party. Tickets are $75 per person and $12 for children. Sponsorship opportunities are available at $10,000, $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 levels. Sponsorship includes admission to the regatta, barbecue and naming opportunities. Guests are invited to come right at noon to sign up for a ride in one of the 11 spectator boats.

The Santa Barbara Yacht Club is one of this area’s most recognized institutions, and the Yachts of Love Charity Regatta is one way members give back to the community. This event truly makes a difference by showing appreciation and support to the nurses, home health aides, counselor and volunteers who tend to the needs of others every day. Now in its eighth year, the Yachts of Love Charity Regatta has raised more than $700,000 to date benefiting subsidized care at VNHC’s Serenity House hospice facility.

For tickets and event information, click here or call 805.690.6290. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Lora Barker at 805.690.6215 or

— Jennifer Guess is a publicist representing Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care.

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‘Yachts of Love’ 2012 Charity Regatta website
National Hospice Regattas Alliance website
National Hospice Regatta Allianceblog
National Hospice Regatta Alliance facebook page

National Hospice Regatta Alliance Update August 2012

News for & about Hospice Regattas  August 2012

New Videos Showcase Championship

The Alliance is pleased to introduce two new videos promoting both the Hospice Regattas North American Championship and your regattas.

“We created these videos to encourage more sailors to compete locally.  In just minutes, they can discover how exciting it would be to represent their local regatta at the Championship,” said Alliance president Jean Kluttz.

The first video features interviews with a number of sailors, who explain how hospice regattas are different from other sailing competitions.  The second video concentrates more on racing footage, showcasing Championship 2012 on Tampa Bay. Right now you can watch them on YouTube, although DVDs and/or thumb drives will be provided to all member regattas at no cost.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, here is a way to see how much enthusiasm sailors bring to hospice regattas,” Kluttz added.

Using footage shot last April in St. Petersburg, the videos were created by Chris Love Productions, whose clients also include US Sailing and the US Coast Guard Academy.

You can post these videos on your websites and social media channels, or show them at regatta kickoff or post-race parties, at sailor appreciation promotions, or even at other hospice events.

In addition to the videos, the Alliance is reaching out to local regatta winners about the championship. At some 2012 regattas, Alliance board members are presenting congratulatory letters to encourage winners to compete next April in St. Petersburg.

Upper Chesapeake Hospice Regatta Nets New High

The June 2 regatta in Havre de Grace, Maryland, netted over $101,000 for the Bob Hooper Hospice House, an eight-room facility for terminal patients whose needs can’t be met at home.How’d they do it?  By increasing revenue, reducing costs, and improving the guest experience, according to Donna Tower, Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation Gift Officer.

Revenue gains: The main factor was recruiting more sponsors, not getting bigger donations, Tower said.  For example, a number of physicians signed up after learning about the regatta during a March event called Doctors Day. Banners recognizing them and other sponsors were displayed during the event.

The silent auction and games like “Wheel of Plants” were augmented by a live auction with an amateur auctioneer ably eliciting higher bids. Displaying Willard Bond posters shrink-wrapped on boards seemed to appeal to auction bidders. In addition, at a Photo Booth they had a teacup monkey available to pose with guests…guaranteed smiles, for a fee.

Expense controls: A liquor distributor and a microbrewery donated most beverages.  A local restaurateur organized what he calls “Dinner Impossible,” finding suppliers willing to part with surplus food inexpensively.  He provided “boatloads of shrimp” and some food-handling staff.

One new expense proved worthwhile: the “Executive Bathroom,”  a trailer restroom far superior to the average porta-john, featured flowers, mints, and an attendant who kept everything, er, fresh. – Jean Kluttz, MD-HdG Board Buddy

Use Facebook to Stay in Touch Did you know 

people spend more time on Facebook than on any other website?That’s a main reason PR pro Mary Fletcher Jones urged Alliance members to use social media to raise the online visibility of your events and organizations in her June 20 presentation to our annual Members Meeting.

You can stay in touch with the Alliance on Facebook, where we maintain both a public page – open to anyone – and a private Members Group page which is reserved for regatta and hospice leaders. Like you.

[We also have a Members Group page on LinkedIn.]

Go to our public Facebook Page by clicking the Quick Link below. “Like” us…and tell FB to show our posts in your News Feed. Post your regatta’s news there to share it with NHRA’s fans and friends.

To join the Members Group on Facebook and/or LinkedIn, just send an e-mail request and specify Facebook or LinkedIn or both.

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New for 2012 – Hospice Cup Memorial Sponsorhip

In conjunction with our partner, Norht Point Yacht Sales, Hospice Cup is pleased to announce a new sponsorship level, Memorial Sponsorship.

For $250 the sponsor receives:
–Yellow sailing burgee with loved one’s name embroidered on it, to be displayed at the Hospice Cup Shore Party
–2 tickets to the Hospice Cup Shore Party

Order your burgee today by contacting Karma O’Neill at 410-919-8393 or

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