Two-day event exceeds last year’s figures in fundraising, attendance and boat participation
SAN DIEGO — Sharp HospiceCare, Coronado Yacht Club and Cortez Racing Association hosted the Tenth Annual Sharp HospiceCare Benefit Regatta on Aug. 24 and 25, 2012. The event netted over $240,000 for Sharp HospiceCare’s Homes for Hospice campaign, an initiative to build hospice homes in San Diego.
Friday evening’s sell-out crowd at Hotel Del Coronado included 460 dinner guests and featured remarks from Honorary Chairs Scott and Susan McMillin. Scott, who serves as chairman of the board of The Corky McMillin Companies, announced Sharp HospiceCare’s purchase of its first hospice home in the South Bay region – the third hospice home of its kind in San Diego County.
On Saturday, the largest fleet of vessels in the event’s history took to San Diego Bay for the all-day regatta. Nearly 40 sailboats competed to the delight of 360 attendees who viewed the race from aboard 25 hosted, luxury yachts. Overall regatta winner, Anarchy, skippered by Scot Tempesta, qualifies to compete in the 2013 National Hospice Regatta Championship in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Sharp HospiceCare is an organization that provides comprehensive care and compassionate support to patients and their families struggling with a life-limiting illness. Sharp’s hospice homes are unique living environments – custom-designed and built in established, residential neighborhoods. They are the only places of their kind in San Diego County which combine around-the-clock hospice care with an intimate, comfortable, home-like setting. Sharp currently operates two homes located in the neighborhoods of La Mesa and Del Cerro.
“We at Sharp HospiceCare are truly grateful for the support and generosity we’ve received from the San Diego community, and are thrilled with the success of this event,” said Suzi K. Johnson, vice president of Sharp HospiceCare. “It’s our goal to continue to build awareness about hospice care and help people understand that dying is a process and a natural progression of living.”
Community volunteers Luanne Brito of Vi at La Jolla Village and Bill Quealy of KPMG LLP served as the 2012 Regatta Event Co-Chairs. Event sponsors include Elmcroft Senior Living, Shea Family, Sodexo Health Care Services and Virginia Napierskie.
For more information about Sharp HospiceCare, visit www.sharp.com/hospice. Watch a video about Sharp’s hospice homes and how it benefits patients here: http://www.sharp.com/video/transcripts/homes-for-hospice.cfm
About Sharp HealthCare
A 2007 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient, Sharp HealthCare is San Diego’s most comprehensive health care delivery system. It is recognized for clinical excellence for services in cardiac, cancer and multiorgan transplantation, as well as orthopedics, rehabilitation, behavioral health, women’s health, and hospice care. Sharp HealthCare has been widely acclaimed for its commitment to transform the health care experience for patients, physicians and staff through an organization-wide performance improvement initiative called The Sharp Experience. The Sharp system includes four acute-care hospitals, three specialty hospitals, two affiliated medical groups and a health plan. To learn more about Sharp, visit www.sharp.com or stay connected with Sharp on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube: