2019 Luminaries of Life

On Thursday, October 10, Yolo Hospice presented a celebration of 40 years of dedication to older individuals and those with life-altering illnesses during Luminaries of Life at the Woodland Community and Senior Center. The Silver Moon Big Band performed.

Yolo Hospice honored individuals for outstanding commitment to the welfare of older citizens in the communities it serves throughout the year. This year’s award recipients include:

Grace ASimranjeet “Simran” Cheemaward

This year’s recipient is Simranjeet “Simran” Cheema, a student at the University of California, Davis.

The Grace Award is named both for the first recipient, Grace Hiddleson, and for the virtues exemplified by The Three Graces of western mythology that inspired qualities such as Excellence, Service to Another, Charity, Mercy, Love, Gentleness, and Friendship. Each year the award is given to a volunteer who has excelled in compassionate service to the elderly and their caregivers.

As a volunteer for both the Citizens Who Care and Yolo Hospice programs, Cheema exemplifies dedication to those she serves. Over the years her work with CWC with older dependent adults and their caregivers has been a testimony to her kindness and desire to serve others. And her compassionate work with Yolo Hospice patients and families, and as a greeter for the grieving, has improved the quality of life of all those our organization serves.

 

Excellence in CareDawn Meyers

The recipient of this year’s Excellence in Care Award is Dawn Myers, program director Dignity Health – Yolo Adult Day Health. The Excellence in Care Award was created to honor a physician/clinician who promotes, in an outstanding way, quality end-of-life care for patients and whose partnership with the greater community has benefitted the lives of others.

For more than two decades, Myers has served as a forceful advocate for the needs of the aged in Yolo County. She also spent more than five years as an appointee to the State of California Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Advisory Committee.  Recently, Dawn joined the Board of Directors of Yolo Hospice, and chairs the Adult Day Care Advisory Committee.

 

Legacy Awardthe Williams family

This year, Yolo Hospice honors the Williams Family with the Legacy Award.

The award honors “a significant and lasting contribution to the broader field of hospice and palliative care.”

The Williams Family’s engagement with Citizens Who Care, and later with Yolo Hospice, has been transformative. Hibbard Williams’ deep commitment to geriatrics and serving the frail elderly was grounded in his professional life as a physician and Dean of the School of Medicine at UC Davis.

Following his retirement, he directed that passion to working with Citizens Who Care, starting in 2009 and eventually serving as its president from 2011 to 2014. But he continued to volunteer on a weekly basis, visiting a gentleman’s wife so that she might have respite.

His commitment and dedication eventually would ignite his entire family’s engagement with Yolo Hospice, and result in funding from the Mastick Foundation. Today his daughter, Julie Sheehan, carries on his legacy as a member of the Yolo Hospice Board of Directors.


2018 Luminaries of Life

luminosity2018 2Yolo Hospice and its affiliate, Citizens Who Care, held its third-annual Luminaries of Life award dinner and fundraiser on October 11 at the Woodland Community & Senior Center. Over 150 guests gathered for a catered dinner by Buckhorn Catering from Winters, a Live Auction led by Auctioneer Keith McLane, and an honoree program led by Craig Dresang, Yolo Hospice CEO and Joanne Bell, Director of Citizens Who Care Programs. The event honored long-time friends and ambassadors who have contributed to the missions of both organizations. This year’s honorees were Sheila Allen and Jim Provenza of the Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance; Dr. Jack Berger, founding medical director of Yolo Hospice; Ken Wagstaff, former mayor of Davis and executive director of CWC; and Virginia Shubert, an early leader in the field of hospice care. $80,000 was raised at this year’s event. This money will go in support of creating a new Adult Day Care Center in Davis.luminosity2018 1

Yolo Hospice and Citizens Who Care are grateful to their sponsors for the event: Luminary Sponsor Franklin Paul Brady and Partnership Sponsors Rick Beckermeyer Photography, Berryessa Gap Vineyards, the Davis Enterprise, Marion Franck and Bob Lew, Edward Jones, Sudwerk Brewing Co., Sutter Health Valley Area, SwimAmerica, Keith and Lynn Volkerts, and Sharon Williams.

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