Compassionate Care of Carpinteria Inspires Light After Darkness with The Light Shines Ahead 4th Annual Luncheon

The luncheon will be held Wednesday August 10, 2022 in person from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Rincon Beach Club with special guest speaker Virginia Benson Wigle


Compassionate Care of Carpinteria (CCC) will host The Light Shines Ahead 4th Annual Luncheon on Wednesday August 10, 2022 in person from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Rincon Beach Club. The event will feature event emcees, Win and Ed Van Wingerden, steering committee chair, Marybeth Carty and special guest speaker, Virginia Benson Wigle.

Virginia’s husband John was diagnosed with and ultimately passed away from cancer within a year. During their experience with grief they developed a vision for a space where individuals could share their journeys of loss and ultimately, of renewed hope.

Following his passing, Virginia launched a storytelling online site called Our Story, named after John’s last words to her, and with it, the Starfish Connection, a nonprofit organization offering bridge gap grants to individuals who would otherwise fall through the cracks financially. Our Story and the Starfish Connection share the mission of providing individuals the space to be seen, heard, and honored through storytelling, gap grants, and educational resources.

“We are so thrilled to have our 4th Annual The Light Shines Ahead Luncheon make its return to an in-person event,” said David Selberg, CEO of Hospice of Santa Barbara. “After holding the event virtually for the past two years, we know that this year’s event is going to be extra special. We hope you join us to be inspired by Virginia’s tale of light after darkness.”

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 anyone in Carpinteria grieving the loss of a loved one or struggling with a life-threatening illness.

CCC provides services to adults, children and seniors. All services are offered in English and Spanish throughout Carpinteria.


Visit to purchase tickets and sponsorships. Additionally, visit CCC’s website for more information on the Opportunity Drawing!


Hospice of Santa Barbara

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 in our offices and on fifteen local junior 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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