One of the biggest charitable events in northern Santa Barbara County got a little bit bigger thanks to a donation from Aera Energy.
The fifth annual Day of Hope will provide support for families of cancer patients in Santa Maria, Santa Ynez, Lompoc and Nipomo. Aera provided $20,000 to the event, and a team of Aera volunteers will participate in the one-day event, set from 7 a.m. to noon on April 11.
The major component of the day features volunteers selling a special edition of the Santa Maria Times newspaper for $1. The proceeds of the sales go to support the Mission Hope Cancer Center at Marian Regional Medical Center.
“Mission Hope is all about health, community and family,” said Rick Rust, public affairs project manager in Santa Barbara County. “Aera is committed to improving lives within our walls and outside, so we are proud to partner with Mission Hope to build a healthier, stronger future for our community and its residents.”
The event is expected to raise more than $150,000 and event organizers say the event has grown annually. Hundreds of volunteers will fan out across the region to sell the newspaper, and bring back the donations.
“The Central Coast community has demonstrated a tremendous level of support for Mission Hope Cancer Center with their continued generosity towards local cancer patients in need,” says Christopher Lutman, MD, FACOG, gynecologic oncologist at Mission Hope Cancer Center. “It has been my honor to see how Day of Hope has grown and will continue to grow with this community.”
Every dollar received during the Day of Hope community event benefits Marian Cancer Care at Mission Hope Cancer Center patients; their family members, neighbors, and friends.