Holiday entertainment and touching stories were the hallmark of San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine’s Light up a Life Celebration held on Dec. 13. The annual tribute event honored the memories of loved ones for many San Diegans.

Although admission to Light up a Life was free and open to the public, nearly $200,000 in donations was raised through sponsorship opportunities. Proceeds benefited the non-profit organization’s mission in providing compassionate, expert medical care to adults and children living with a serious illness throughout San Diego County.

For many San Diegans, Light up a Life provides a time of reflection. The evening included a poignant photo montage and the lighting of the Christmas tree and Menorah, in remembrance of those extraordinary people – both past and present – who have touched our hearts. San Diego Hospice President and CEO Kathleen Pacurar emceed the event, with more than 1,000 people from our immediate and neighboring communities in attendance. “For more than 34 years, community financial support has enabled San Diego Hospice to make a lasting difference in the lives of patients and their families needing specialized hospice and palliative care,” said Pacurar. “We are honored to be of service to those in need in our community.”

San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine is one of the largest community-owned, not-for-profit hospices in the country.


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