Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Honors First Responders and Caregivers at Tiara Ball

Posted on Apr 26 by SEASONS Magazine

L-R, Captain David Zaniboni of SB County Fire, Sheriff Bill Brown, SB Police Chief Lori Luhnow, Tiara Ball Committee member Mary Werft, CH President and CEO Ron Werft, courtesy photo.

L-R, Captain David Zaniboni of SB County Fire, Sheriff Bill Brown, SB Police Chief Lori Luhnow, Tiara Ball Committee member Mary Werft, CH President and CEO Ron Werft, courtesy photo.

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Foundation recently welcomed more than 500 guests to its annual black-tie gala, the Tiara Ball, held last month at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara in Goleta.

This year, the event raised over $504,000 to benefit emergency, trauma and critical care services at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

L-R, Mary Werft, Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, Ron Werft President & CEO Cottage Health, courtesy photo.

L-R, Mary Werft, Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, Ron Werft President & CEO Cottage Health, courtesy photo.

As a special treat, this year’s Tiara Ball also honored the first responders, hospital employees and medical staff who aided those impacted by the Thomas Fire and mudslide disasters. Representatives from seven local first responder agencies attended the gala as special guests, including members from the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department, Santa Barbara City and County Fire Departments, Montecito Fire Protection District, Santa Barbara Police Department, and California Highway Patrol, as well as the American Medical Response ambulance service.

“We extend our deepest thanks to all who have supported the Tiara Ball and we honor the heroic work of first responders and caregivers,” says Ron Werft, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cottage Health and one of the speakers from the evening.

Tiara Ball Committee left to right: Mari McAlister, Audrie Krause, Magda Stayton, Mary Werft, Lisa Iscovich, Gerd Jordano, Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, Alexandra Nourse, Virginia Barkley, Katy Bazylewicz, Betsy Turner, Lynn Nakasone, Margaret Wilkinson. Courtesy photo.

Tiara Ball Committee left to right: Mari McAlister, Audrie Krause, Magda Stayton, Mary Werft, Lisa Iscovich, Gerd Jordano, Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, Alexandra Nourse, Virginia Barkley, Katy Bazylewicz, Betsy Turner, Lynn Nakasone, Margaret Wilkinson. Courtesy photo.

“The funds we raised will allow us to continue to provide the very best care to our patients, families and community.”

Other speakers from the night included Alexandra Nourse, chair of this year’s event, and Steven Ainsley, Chair of the Cottage Health Board of Directors.

Guests also got to view a video sharing the reflections of Cottage employees who were instrumental in taking care of patients and their families following the tragic events of the mudslide.

For more information about the Tiara Ball and ways to support Cottage Health, visit www.cottagehealth.org/tiaraball.

Jessica Morelli

 

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