Compassionate Care of Carpinteria hosts the 6th Annual The Light Shines Ahead Luncheon to Bring Awareness and Raise Funds for its Free Services in Carpinteria

Carpinteria, CA, April 12, 2024 – Compassionate Care of Carpinteria (CCC), an initiative of Hospice of Santa Barbara, will host its 6th Annual luncheon, The Light Shines Ahead on Thursday, May 16, 2024 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Rincon Beach Club, located at 3805 Santa Claus Ln, Carpinteria, CA. 


The Light Shines Ahead luncheon will feature special guest speaker Jessica Clark, owner and founder of The Connected Co. Clark’s dedication to her community was forged through both triumph and tragedy. After enduring the loss of her first husband and her father within a year to cancer, she found solace and strength in the support of her community. This profound experience ignited her commitment to giving back. She went on to establish, manage, and sell multiple restaurants in the region, and has recently ventured into business coaching and consulting. But beyond her entrepreneurial endeavors, Clark is deeply engaged in grassroots initiatives aimed at fostering community support and empowerment. 


The luncheon will also feature steering committee chair, Marybeth Carty, Virginia Benson Wigle, founder of the Starfish Connection, a nonprofit organization offering bridge gap grants to individuals who would otherwise fall through the cracks, and David Selberg, Hospice of Santa Barbara’s CEO.


Since the beginnings of Hospice of Santa Barbara fifty years ago, the organization has been proud to serve children and families in Carpinteria struggling with the loss of a loved one or coping with life-threatening illness. Due to a variety of factors, including a reduction in the stigma surrounding mental health, there is an increase in demand for services, and in some cases, an increase in wait times to receive services. CCC’s goal is to reduce wait times by expanding its core capacity for counseling and launching new innovative programs that can reach more people.


This luncheon will have a special focus on remembering loved ones who have passed away and their impact on our lives. Guests will be provided with an opportunity to donate and support the wonderful work of CCC in the name of their loved ones, helping bring programs and services, completely free of charge, to adults, children and seniors who are struggling with grief or life-threatening illness. Guests are also invited to bring a photograph of their loved ones to place at their table.


“The Light Shines Ahead has become a beloved annual event that brings this compassionate and close-knit community together to support our work in Carpinteria,” said David Selberg, CEO of Hospice of Santa Barbara. “We look forward to once again gathering with fellow CCC supporters, united in our dedication to offering assistance to anyone affected by serious illness or coping with the loss of a loved one.”


The Light Shines Ahead is the annual fundraiser for CCC, an initiative of Hospice of Santa Barbara that offers programs and services, completely free of charge, to adults, children and seniors who are struggling with grief or life-threatening illness. Services include counseling, practical care, and medical navigation. All services are offered in English and Spanish throughout Carpinteria.


To buy tickets, view sponsorship opportunities or learn more about the event, please visit

Hospice of Santa Barbara provides professional counseling, support groups, and patient care services free of charge to individuals and families who are grieving the death of a loved one or experiencing the impact of a life-threatening illness. Hospice of Santa Barbara also provides counseling on 17 local elementary, junior high, and high school campuses to children and teens who are grieving the loss of a loved one. For more information about Hospice of Santa Barbara, including volunteer opportunities, call (805) 563-8820 or visit

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