Luminaries of Life 2023

On October 19, friends and supporters of YoloCares gathered at Park Winters Estate for the annual Luminaries of Life Gala which raised $50,000. The night’s honorees included Alborz Alali, MD; Sanaz Ghafouri, MD; Sonia Reichert, MD; and the Cancer Care Team at Dignity Health Woodland Clinic; former board member and Sutter Health surgeon Virginia Joyce, MD; longtime volunteer Mary Olander; and Mike Deitz of Dietz Corporation, and Nick Avdis of Avdis and Cucchi, LLC, community partners who have supported Joshua’s House.

Over 150 attendees had the opportunity to explore the grounds of Park Winters Estate and enjoyed cocktail hour on the veranda before an expertly prepared farm-to-fork dinner. The event’s program was kicked off by CEO Craig Dresang who announced the five honorees of the evening, celebrating each individual for their contributions to the mission of YoloCares.

The evening’s entertainment was led by nationally-recognized auctioneer Keith McClane of KLM Auctions who directed the live auction and the evening’s most memorable segment—Fund a Need, which was kicked off with a generous $10,000 gift from Board President Keith Volkerts and his wife, Lynn, and saw guests donating gifts of $2,500 or more to support YoloCares’ unfunded community programs.

Generous sponsors of Luminaries of Life include Hanson Bridgett, Eskaton, HR Done Right, Horizon Oxygen, First Northern Bank, Northstar Care Community, Woodbridge Winery and VIP Photography.

“Every year, Luminaries of Life affords us the opportunity to highlight the incredible work of YoloCares, from expert end-of-life care to grief counseling and beyond,” says CEO Craig Dresang. This year’s event turned the spotlight on The Center for Loss & Hope, which is the premiere grief support program in the Sacramento Valley. With a dozen unique support groups, frequent community memorials and workshops, as well as one-on-one counseling for the families of YoloCares, The Center’s mission is to change the way our community processes and recovers from grief.

“Nights like Luminaries of Life are so beautiful to watch. Not only is it heartening to see the community rally around YoloCares and The Center, but it is an avenue to express our pride for the wonderful work our team and agency does in the community,” says Chris Erdman, director of The Center for Loss & Hope.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities for future YoloCares events, please reach out to Louise Joyce, director of community programs, at