Friendship Center raised a total of $30,000 in its 22nd annual Festival of Hearts fundraiser, this year themed “Love Is in the Air.” Each year Friendship Center raises funds for its HEART (Help Elders at Risk Today) program with its Festival of Hearts event, which subsidizes the cost of adult day services for low-income aging and dependent adults and their families.
Organized by Development Manager Sophia Davis and with help from local artist and volunteer Sharon Morrow, Friendship Center’s biggest annual fundraiser went entirely virtual this year for the first time, raising approximately $10,000 auctioning heart art done by local artists, and another $20,000 in local sponsor donations.
“At this time, we are doing virtual services so the sponsorship of a senior for a month includes virtual activities, check-ins, Take Care Totes, which include food items, activities, personal hygiene items, drive-ins, etc.,” Friendship Center Executive Director Heidi Holly told Noozhawk reporter Rochelle Rose. “Once we open up for on-site services, we will be providing meals. The more members you sponsor, the more seniors get to participate! Thank you for giving from the heart for our seniors!”
With locations in Montecito and Goleta, Friendship Center offers activities that promote socialization, well-being and a sense of community for aging adults. The center provides respite, support and education for caregivers, enabling them to achieve balance in their lives.
Friendship Center acknowledges and thanks this year’s top sponsors:
- SB Home Improvement Center and Gary Simpson
- Union Bank
- Quinn Fiduciary Services & Jacquelyn Quinn
- John & Susan Hanna
- Nate Cultice of Castle Wealth
- John and Gloria McManus
- Penny Mathison and Don Nult
- Al Anglin and Vangie Herrera
We are grateful to everyone for their support, both financial and with donations of art, food, wine and services!