Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital (SYVCH) Auxiliary, with its 219 members, provided more than 15,400 hours of volunteer service in 2015 to the hospital located at 2050 Viborg Road in Solvang.

“These volunteer hours are impressive and important. We are very grateful to all the Auxiliary members who share their time and talents. We treasure them and applaud their dedication that benefits our hospital and the community,” according to SYVCH Vice President Wende Cappetta.

At the annual “Thank You Picnic” held at the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum, Auxiliary members were honored for their cumulative hours of volunteerism. Special recognition pins and charms were given to 44 volunteers that had achieved specific levels of service.

The top honoree for life-time service was Pat Foxen, (15,000 hours), who also showed her certificate as the recipient of the United States President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) for Lifetime Achievement. This Federal award acknowledges individuals who have completed 4,000 or more volunteer hours in their lifetime with a certified non-profit organization. Additional charms recognizing cumulative lifetime service were bestowed to Jo Daly (9,500 hours), Sonnie Lindquist (7,500 hours), Edna Nesky (7,000 hours), Ira Rogers (7,000 hours) and Patty Rogers (6,500 hours). Additional charms as well as pins signifying 100 to 5,000 hours of service were awarded.

In total, these dedicated Auxiliary volunteers logged more than 15,400 hours in 2015.

New Auxiliary members are always needed and welcomed. For more information about Auxiliary membership and volunteering, please contact Martine Surey at 805-686-3971 or email

Founded in 1962, Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital (SYVCH) Auxiliary is an all-volunteer organization providing more than 15,000 service hours annually to the hospital. Members sponsor and participate in numerous fundraising events supporting the hospital’s mission. The Auxiliary also operates the New to You Thrift Shop at 1689 Oak Street in Solvang with all funds raised at the shop supporting the hospital.