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"I really liked it there and I really appreciated that you let me go. I really had a great time. My favorite time was when we went hiking. it really got things off my mind. Thank you very much."

From a young man who
attended Kids Camp

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Optimal Cares Halloween Car Show - Bakersfield

The last Saturday in October we host the Annual Optimal Cares Halloween Car Show presented by Greenlawn Funeral Homes at the Bakersfield RV Resort. The event is open to the public and FREE to attend. There is food from the Crest Bar & Grill, vendor booths, prize drawings, music, trunk or treating, and a costume contest for kids. Awards are presented for Best of Show, Best Upholstery, Best Engine, Best Paint as well as multiple Sponsor picks. The event is open to all vehicles and motorcycles - registration fee to show is $35. For information on event or award sponsorships, entry forms, and vendor participation contact the Foundation office at 661-716-8000 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Don't be scared......it's for a good cause!!

The 2018 Optimal Cares Halloween Car Show presented by Greenlawn Funeral Homes on Saturday, October 27th at the Bakersfield RV Resort was a huge success. The event had 85 entrants, vendors, numerous attendees and lots of Trunk or Treaters. The Foundation would like thank everyone who helped make the event a success and helped raise over $8,500 to support our Mission. Special Thank you the Bakersfield RV Resort/Crest Bar & Grill for hosting our event.


 Save the Date for 2019

Saturday, October 26th









Optimal Cares Garden Wine Tasting - Fresno

 The 3rd Annual Optimal Cares Garden Wine Tasting was held on Saturday, June 16th hosted at the beautiful home of Tim & Millie Byers. The event raised over $10,000 to support the Mission of the Foundation.

The evening included wine and food tastings from the vendors listed below. There was live entertainment as well as a prize drawing including the special “Wheelbarrow of Wine”. While roaming the grounds and enjoying the delicious food and wine guests were treated to the sounds of the Macy Blue Band, who donated their time and talent for the evening.

For information regarding our 2019 event please contact Cherie Shoemake at 559-320-8000 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or Amanda Miller at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We are currently looking for new committee members.

Thank you to all of the sponsors, donors, attendees, vendors and volunteers that made this event a huge success.



The 2019 event will be held June 1st


2018 Sponsors and Donors

Care Sponsors

Cedarbrook Memory Care

One Putt Broadcasting (Media)

Byers Accountancy - Tim & Mille Byers (Venue)

Spirit Sponsor

Yost & Webb Funeral Home

Table Sponsors

Ron Samuel & Associates/Ameriprise Financial


Andy's Table ~ Angie's Table ~ A-Plus in Home Care


Bella Vista Memory Care ~ Carmel Village at Clovis Assisted Living


Friends of James “Jimmy” Farrell ~ KMPH FOX 26  


No Whiners Allowed ~ Oakmont of Fresno


Richard Boland Yachts ~ Senior Care Placement Services


UCSF Fresno Hospice & Palliative Medicine/Dr. MacMillian


Station Sponsors

Cedar Creek Senior Living ~ Evergreen Residential Care 

Food Vendors 

Casa Corona ~ Cedarbrook Memory Care  

Cool Hand Luke's Steakhouse ~ Doy Grill


Fig Garden Retirement ~ House of JuJu/PaPa's Place


Hye Kebob ~ Michelangelo’s Pizzeria ~ Mickey's Yogurt


Phoenician Garden Mediterranean Bar and Grill


Popolo's Pizza ~ Press Box Sports Grill


Somerford Place Fresno ~ Taco Plus Co. Latin Grill


Tamari Robatayaki & Whisky Bar ~ The Market


Wine Vendors

Allegro Wine of California

Pear Valley Vineyards ~ Prosperi Farms

Quady Winery ~ San Joaquin Wine Company

The Wine Group ~ Tobin James Cellars

Turner Wine Alliance


Golf Tournament

The Annual Optimal Hospice Foundation Golf in the Sun and Under the Stars golf tournament take place each Fall.  This fun event begins with nine holes of   golf in the late afternoon, followed by dinner and then culminating with the final nine holes played in the dark with glow-in-the-dark golf balls.  The tournament raises money for the Foundation in a very unique and festive atmosphere. So start planning your foursome now and join us!

The 27th Annual Golf In the Sun & Under the Stars Tournament presented by Horizon Oxygen and Medical Equipment, Inc. was held Friday, September 14, 2018 at Stockdale Country Club. The tournament teed off at 3:30pm with 100 golfers who played the first nine holes In the Sun. Following the first nine the players and sponsors enjoyed a wonderful buffet dinner at the Country Club. During dinner a prize drawing will be held that include the popular "Cooler of Cocktails". After dinner players head back to the course and play the final 9 holes Under the Stars.



2019 Tournament will be held on Friday, September 13th


A special THANK YOU to all of our 2018 sponsors, donors, players and volunteers who helped us raise over $25,000 to further our Mission.

2018 Event Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Horizon Oxygen & Medical Equipment, Inc.

Platinum Sponsor

Greenlawn Funeral Homes

Byron Nelson Sponsors

Medline Industries, Inc.

The Plank Foundation

Arnold Palmer Sponsors

Raymond’s Trophy & Awards ~  SC Anderson, Inc

Jack Nicklaus Sponsors

 Am-Tech Inspection Services ~ Berry Petroleum ~ Clark & Pam Gustafson 

Dignity Heath Management Services ~ Doug & Janet Clary

Jim & Cindy LaMar ~ Morgan Stanley-Chris Muxlow

Three Way Chevrolet ~  Skarphol Associates  ~ Soils Enginerring, Inc

Phil Michelson Sponsors

Komoto Pharmacy ~ LeBeau-Thelen, LLP ~ Wonderful Giving ~ Creative Concepts/Saba Agency 

Tee Sponsors

Alcorn Aire, Inc. ~ ASU Commercial - Boyd Binninger ~ Chain Cohn Stiles ~ Federated Insurance ~ In Memory of Corky Kiesel ~ In Memory of Gene Green ~ In Memory of Virginia Martinez ~ Jeff & Cherie Payne ~ KAB ~  Michael & Suzanne Saltz ~ Ron Edwards Architect ~ Old River Grill ~ Stinson's Office Products ~ Suzi Beaty, Fidelity National Home Warranty ~ Theresa Olson, Broker

Media Sponsor

KGET Channel 17


Fresno Community Council

Chair:  Brad Hamilton - Evergreen Residential Care

Member:  Lupe Hamilton - Community Advocate

Member:   Kim Sherman - Sequoia Home Health

Foundation Director:  Cherie Shoemake

Kids Camp

Kids Camp LogoThe loss of a loved one touches each member of the family, including children.  To help young people through their bereavement, Optimal Hospice Foundation created Kids Camp.  This over-night summer camp program is specially designed for young people ages 8 - 16 that have experienced the loss of an loved one in the recent past.

At Kids Camp, young people enjoy traditional camping activities, such as swimming and hiking, in an atmosphere where both staff and fellow campers understand their special needs. Kids Camp is held in the Bakersfield, Fresno, and Northern California (Livermore) areas and is open to the community - attendees loved one did not have to utilize hospice services. The Fresno Camp is held in mid July, Bakersfield in early August and NORCAL in mid August.

Optimal Hospice Foundation would like to recognize The Taylor Family Foundation for hosting our NORCAL Kids Camp held at The Taylor Family Foundation at Camp Arroyo. The Taylor Family Foundation’s mission is to preserve the wellness and enhance the quality of life for children in Northern California with life-threatening and chronic illnesses, disabilities and youth at-risk through unique therapeutic experiences and support. For more information, please visit www.ttff.org.ion, please visit www.ttff.org.

This innovative experience is available at no cost to families, thanks to generous support from the community. Camp participants may be referred by school counselors, healthcare providers, family members and other individuals.

Click on the Kids Camp link below for a look at what Kids Camp has to offer. Activities vary from camp to camp based on the facility, however the essence and message is the same. The video was made possible via a grant from the Kern Community Foundation.

Kids Camp video


2019 Dates and Locations 

Fresno Camp
July 12th - 14th @ Camp Oakhurst in Coarsegold, CA
July 20th - New One Day Session (ages 6-9) @ Dry Creek Park in Clovis, CA
Bakersfield Camp
One Day Session (ages 6-9) July 27th @ Madison Grove Park in Bakersfield, CA
Session 1 (ages 9-12) July 28th - July 30th @ Gergen Ski Ranch in Bakersfield, CA
Session 2 (ages 12-16) July 31st - August 2nd @ Gergen Ski Ranch in Bakersfield, CA
August 16th - 18th  hosted by The Taylor Family Foundation Camp Arroyo in Livermore, CA

Referrals can be submitted year-round using the form below.


Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors and Donors

                Without their support this camp would not be possible                 

  • American Legion Riders Chapter 20 Porterville - Courage Sponsor
  • C.A.R.E. for Kids - Courage Sponsor
  • Delta Theta Tau Sorority, Gamma XI Chapter Bakersfield - Courage Sponsor
  • Isnardi Foundation - Courage Sponsor
  • Nick Hudson & Family - Courage Sponsor
  • The Taylor Family Foundation - Courage Sponsor
  • The Plank Foundation - Courage Sponsor
  • Alternative Care - Hope Sponsor
  • Bitco, Inc. - Hope Sponsor
  • KGET TV 17 - Media Sponsor
  • Bakersfield North Rotary Foundation - Strength Sponsor
  • Bakersfield West Rotary Foundation - Strength Sponsor
  • Kaiser Permanente Kern County - Strength Sponsor
  • The Sommer Family- Strength Sponsor
  • Jackie Maxwell - Friendship Sponsor
  • In Memory of Chris Malicoat - Friendship Sponsor
  • David Doig - Friendship Sponsor
  • Jan Martz - Camper Sponsor
  • Jenny Sherrill- Camper Sponsor
  • Walter Grainger, Diana Klewier, Shirley Green & Gaye Siemon/Therapy Dog Lulu - Donors
  • Les Schwab Tires, Jersey Mike's Subs, Fab 7 of Seven Oaks, Bakersfield Breakfast Lions, Bill Burgemaster, Optimal Hospice Care Staff & Volunteers, Rusty's Pizza, Bridge Small Group  - Meal Donors
  • Project Linus Chapters - Kern County & Central Valley - Blankets for Bakersfield & Fresno
  • American Legion Riders Chapter 20 - Shirts and Ride Pins
  • JerLisa Stitches of Love - Teddy Bears for NORCAL

If you are interested in being a sponsor for 2019 please contact Cherie Shoemake in the Foundation office at 661-716-8000 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


2018 Photos are Now Available

Bakersfield Kids Camp Session 1
Bakersfield Kids Camp Session 2
Bakersfield Kids Camp One Day Session
Fresno Kids Camp
NORCAL Kids Camp





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