MySweetCharity Opportunity: Each Moment Matters

David and Laurie Peacock*

According to 2017 Each Moment Matters Luncheon Co-Chairs Laurie and David Peacock,

When Laurie and I were asked to chair the 2017 Each Moment Matters Luncheon we had no idea how impacted we would be by the work that Faith Presbyterian Hospice does in the Dallas community. We have heard so many stories from people who wish they had done things differently when their parent or spouse passed away on hospice.  Faith Presbyterian Hospice is the hospice that changes the end-of-life experience for both patients and families. We are honored to be a part of this signature event which supports customized services and excellent hospice care, both at home and at the recently opened inpatient hospice center, the T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center.

Marlee Matlin*

We invite you to join us at the Hilton Anatole on Friday, September 29, with Academy Award winning actress and activist, Marlee Matlin as our guest speaker. With an extensive list of Hollywood career achievements including the movie “Children of a Lesser God,” for which she received the Academy Award for Best Actress, Marlee is an advocate for children and those struggling against domestic abuse and addiction, as well as other humanitarian causes. Having lost her hearing at 18 months of age, Marlee never let her challenges dictate her future or deter her dreams.

In its eighth year, the Each Moment Matters Luncheon will once again honor 25 community leaders through the Each Moment Matters Award. The event raises awareness of hospice care and how to navigate tough end-of-life decisions. Funds raised at the luncheon ensure that Faith Presbyterian Hospice can continue to provide services to those needing care regardless of their ability to pay.

Each Moment Matters*

Thanks to the following underwriters, the cost of this year’s event is fully covered allowing sponsorships and donations to go 100% to the Faith Presbyterian Hospice Caring Fund and the patients it serves: Cathy and William Davis, The Don W. Hodges Family, The Billie and Gillis Thomas Foundation, Business Jet Center, Messick Peacock and Associates, Knightvest Management LLC, Marcia and Noe Hinojosa and Margie and Ray Francis.

Table sponsorships start at $1,750 and individual tickets are available for $200.  To purchase a sponsorship or to find out more, please visit www.eachmomentmatters.org.

The 2017 Each Moment Matters Honorees: Arcilia C. Acosta, Stefanie and Steven Ailey, Yasmin Zarolia Bhatia, Thomas CampbellLisa Harper Clark MD, Joy Cruse, Mrs. David Curtis, Alison Doherty, Jane Benedict  Echols, Lisa Englander, Terry N. Ford, Tricia M. George, John Killian, Sandy Massie, Trish Matthews, D.Min., Carlin McDonald Morris, Scott Murray, “Smokey” John Reaves, George R. Schrader, Susan E. Stephens, Andy Kaye Walsh, Stephanie Ward, Pierre Michaela “Mickie” Watson and Janita Hemphill Wells.

* Graphic and photo provided by the Dallas Arboretum

 

Award-Winning Henry Winkler Served Up Humor, Passion And Inspiration At Each Moment Matters’ Awards Luncheon

Each time Henry Winkler comes to North Texas, he manages to actually make people realize that “The Fonz” was indeed an act. The philanthropist, businessman and family man speaks off the cuff to … not at … his audience, using memories of his past, G-rated rumor and lessons that all can share. That is exactly what happened on Friday, October 28, at the seventh annual Each Moment Matters at the Hilton Anatole. In addition to boasting Winkler’s presence, the event also recognized some dozens of local role models. Here is a report from the field:

Henry Winkler’s mix of humor and passion was just the right recipe for the seventh annual Each Moment Matters Luncheon at the Hilton Anatole on Friday, October 28, as he shared his life lessons of tenacity and gratitude. Mr. Winkler’s iconic portrayal of The Fonz for 10 seasons on “Happy Days” (1974-84) made him one of the most recognized actors in the world, earning him two consecutive Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor in a Comedy Series and three Emmy nominations in the same category. He is also an author of children’s books entitled “Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Under-Achiever,” which have appeared on several Best Seller lists. More recently, he co-starred in the NBC reality series “Better Late than Never,” which has been renewed for a second season.

Emceed by Fox 4’s Clarice Tinsley, and hosted by Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation (PC&SF), the luncheon raises money for the Faith Presbyterian Hospice’s Caring Fund. Such funding provides critical financial support for end-of-life services to terminally ill patients needing assistance – but who have exhausted all of their financial means.  In addition to receiving excellent hospice care, patients can participate in music, massage and pet therapies and their families are offered bereavement services, including children’s grief therapy.

Jim Neathery, Henry Winkler and Missie Neathery*

Jim Neathery, Henry Winkler and Missie Neathery*

While raising funds is the focus of the event, it also honors local individuals who have been selected for their impactful work in various organizations, schools, churches, or businesses. The 2016 Each Moment Matters honorees are: Sharon Balch, Mary Bartholow, Frederick Brewster, Judy and Dr. Bill Burnett, Catherine Bywaters, Kathryn Carpenter, Cleveland “Cleve” Clinton, Robyn Thomas Conlon, Louis Dunklin, Sharyn Fein, Mary “Mackey” Harper, Linda Humphries, Richard Knight Jr., Dr. Robert I. Kramer, Alice Masciarelli and Dr. Filippo Masciarelli, Melissa “Missie” Neathery, MSN and James “Jim” Neathery, DMN, Camille Owens, Patricia Porter, Shannon M. Radford, Ralph G. Santos, Katie McKinley Schlieve, David Grant Smith, Rand Stagen and Dr. Daniel Varga.

Henry Winkler, Lucy Johnson and Barbara Hunt Crow*

Henry Winkler, Lucy Johnson and Barbara Hunt Crow*

Barbara Hunt Crow and Lucy Johnson served as this year’s co-chairs and reported that a net amount of $360,000 resulted from the luncheon. A generous day-of challenge gift from a longtime donor, combined with board members’ contributions, totaled $50,000, encouraged additional giving.

* Photos provided by Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation

Aayyy! Fonzie Will Be The Guest Speaker At Each Moment Matters

When Henry Winkler was in Dallas back in 2010 at St. Philip’s School and Community Center, the Golden Globe Winner/author/philanthropist in the suit addressed the gym filled with students, their parents and others adults. Before he talked to the crowd, the kids were preparing to hear a grownup talk about the importance of reading and education. On the other hand, the adults couldn’t help but think two words — The Fonz.

Henry Winkler with St. Philip's School students (File photo)

Henry Winkler with St. Philip’s School students (File photo)

Henry met the expectations of both groups. He talked with the kids and not at them, as Fonzie would have. He still had the “Happy Days” cool.

But his involvement in making people aware of community involvement didn’t stop there. Few realized that he had been a longtime mentor for Academy Award-winning Marlee Matlin. Why, following a cruel comment by Rex Reed regarding her winning the Oscar, she “fled to Winkler’s home in Los Angeles for solace. An offer to spend the weekend turned into two years while she rebuilt her career.” It was at Winkler’s house that Matlin’s wedding took place 20 years ago.. So, it was no stretch of the imagination that Marlee would be a guest speaker at St. Phillip’s a couple of years later.

Now, Each Moment Matters Luncheon Co-Chairs Barbara Hunt Crow and Lucy Johnson are tapping Henry’s talents by having him be the guest speaker for the Faith Presbyterian Hospice fundraiser on Friday, October 28, at the Hilton Anatole.

In case you’re lucky enough to get a ticket and meet Henry at the luncheon, how about some Winkler trivia? Did you know he:

  • is the cousin of “Law and Order” actor Richard Belzer.
  • is the godfather of Bryce Dallas Howard, daughter of Ron “Richie Cunningham” Howard.
  • is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
  • has written more than 18 books.
  • had a rough time in school due to undiagnosed dyslexia.
  • loves fly fishing.
  • will turn 71 two days after appearing at Each Moment Matters. You might want to wish him an early happy birthday.

Each Moment Matters Brings Together Heroes/Heroines For Presbyterian Communities and Services And Step Challenges

Such a day! After making the rounds of responsibility, it was the Hilton Anatole for the Each Moment Matters Luncheon. The Presbyterian Communities and Services fundraiser had hardly started (20 minutes to be exact) and the lobby of the Chantilly Ballroom was already jammed thanks to Luncheon Chair Clare Buie Chaney and Honorary Chair Barbara Lord Watkins.

Alas, with a number of “experienced-types” in the crowd, walkers of all standards were rolling around. Some had seats. Some had storage compartments. Only thing missing were cellphone and cup holders.

Walkers and Chantilly Ballroom steps

Walkers and Chantilly Ballroom steps

But even the most agile of the group of walker walkers approached the ballroom hesitantly. There were those pesky steps. The one and only ramp in sight was at the far back of the lobby. Instead of heading all the way to the ramp, most carefully and slowly took their chances with the steps.

Walkers and Chantilly Ballroom steps

Walkers and Chantilly Ballroom steps

Once in the sunken lobby, there were chairs and photos with information about each of the dozens of recipients. Faye Briggs was with her daughter Pebble McGehee and honoree Debbie Branson.

Debbie Branson, Pebble McGehee and Faye Briggs

Debbie Branson, Pebble McGehee and Faye Briggs

Away from the growing crowd was the day’s keynote speaker/former trial lawyer/screenwriter, David Hudgins, and his wife Meghan chatting it up with KDFW’s Clarice Tinsley.

David Hudgins, Clarice TInsley and Meghan Hudgins

David Hudgins, Clarice TInsley and Meghan Hudgins

Despite his good looks and charm, David understood the need for the services provided by Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation. The loss of his sister who died at the age of 39 due to breast cancer was life changing for the Dallas native. He gave up his law practice and moved to Tennessee to take up screenwriting fulltime. In addition to achieving success in the television and movie industry and moving to California, he created The Catherine H. Tuck Foundation “to provide financial aid for women struggling to pay their bills while in treatment for breast cancer.”

Each Moment Matters honoree profiles

Each Moment Matters honoree profiles

Once the ballroom doors opened, introductions were handled by Carolyn Osoinach, Ashley Mead and Cindy Douglas. Following lunch, Clarice recognized the class of 2014 honorees including: Beverly and Ken Barry, Susan Cox and Rev. Brent Barry, Anna Michele Bobadilla, Debbie Dudley Branson, Donnie Breedlove and Frank Breedlove, Barbara Samuels Cambridge, Cissy and W. Plack Carr Jr., Rev. John “Jay” Wallace Cole III, Anne R. Compton, Marilyn Corrigan, Maurine Dickey, The Gorman Family (April, Tate, John, RoryCate and Greta), Grace Presbyterian of Plano Young Adults, Vicki Hamielec, Jan and Fred Hegi, J. Scott Hendon, Annabel Hoffman, Frank A. Hollingshead, Chris Howell, Larry M. James, Terry Kittleson, Dudley Lacey, Margaret E. “Peggy” and Charles C. “Lade” Ladenberger, Barbara Lee, Peggy Madsen, Melissa McCleskey, Billye Joyce Miars, Liz Minyard-Lockey, Sanford C. Mitchell Jr., Holly Reed, Rosemary Robbins, Annadele Holm Ross, Craig D. Rubin, Susan G. Simon, Candye and William S. Spears, Gayle Weber Strange, Pat Weaver, Jim Webb, Philip M. Wentworth, Teresa Whittington, Claudia Wilder, Stan Woodward, Carole S. and Jim Young and Elizabeth Zsohar.

In addition to the celebration of the honorees, it was revealed that Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation had reached its $38.6M goal to build phase one of Faith Presbyterian Hospice’s T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center.

According to Presbyterian Communities Services President/CEO Godwin Dixon, “I want to personally thank all of the donors who have helped us reach this milestone. Their gifts will allow us to provide a hospice center that will redefine end-of-life care. This is a proud day for all of us who are working together to bring this much-needed refuge to children and families in North Texas.”

5th Annual Each Moment Matters Luncheon Honorees Revealed

Each year Presbyterian Communities and Services (PC&S) honors dozens of unsung heroes within the Dallas community. The selection is based on their being “change agents, everyday heroes and philanthropic visionaries.”

The presentation of the honorees takes place at the Each Moment Matters Luncheon to a jam-packed room.

Larry James (File photo)

Larry James (File photo)

Holly Reed (File photo)

Holly Reed (File photo)

This class of 2014 includes 44 outstanding folks and organizations including Beverly and Ken Barry; Susan Cox and Rev. Brent Barry; Anna Michele Bobadilla; Debbie Dudley Branson; Donnie Breedlove, Ph.D., and Frank Breedlove; Barbara Samuels Cambridge, Ph.D.; Cissy and W. Plack Carr Jr.; Rev. John “Jay” Wallace Cole III; Anne R. Compton; Marilyn Corrigan; Maurine Dickey; The Gorman Family: April, Tate, John, RoryCate and Greta; Grace Presbyterian of Plano Young Adults; Vicki Hamielec, LVN; Jan and Fred Hegi; J. Scott Hendon, CPA; Annabel Hoffman; Frank A. Hollingshead; Chris Howell; Larry M. James; Terry Kittleson; Dudley Lacey; Margaret E. “Peggy” and Charles C. “Lade” Ladenberger; Barbara Lee; Peggy Madsen; Melissa McCleskey; Billye Joyce Miars; Liz Minyard-Lokey; Sanford C. Mitchell Jr.; Holly Reed; Rosemary Robbins; Annadele Holm Ross; Craig D. Rubin, M.D.; Susan G. Simon; Candye and William S. Spears, Ph.D.; Gayle Weber Strange; Pat Weaver; Jim Webb; Philip M. Wentworth, FACHE; Teresa Whittington, RN, BSN; Claudia Wilder, RN, DNP; Stan Woodward; Carole S. and Jim Young and Elizabeth Zsohar.

Luncheon Co-Chair Clare Buie Chaney and Barbara Lord Watkins have arranged to have Dallas TV writer and co-producer David Hudgins to be the featured speaker at the Friday, October 31st event in the Chantilly Ballroom at the Hilton Anatole.

Funds raised at the lunch benefit the Faith Presbyterian Hospice Caring Fund that “helps the premier hospice provider offer specialized bereavement services for children, innovative programs including pet therapy, massage therapy and music therapy, as well as benevolent care.”

Each Moment Matters Honors 49 Who Matter Each Moment

Let’s be very brutal. Everything that is born will die. That’s a cold reality. It’s not a question of how good you’ve been or how rich you are. It’s just a plain fact that in most cases the body wears out despite the best technology and greatest love. But the true issue is how to face those final weeks, days and hours. It’s hard to undertake this step of life for the person as well as his/her family, but it must be addressed.

While some may consider hospice the kiss of death, it’s not. It’s a truly remarkable program with people who have compassion, resources and experience in making this transition easier for the individual and their family and friends.

Why bring this up? Because Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation held its 4th annual Each Moment Matters luncheon benefiting 10-year-old Faith Presbyterian Hospice at the Anatole on Friday, November 1 to a sell-out crowd of 1,150 in the Chantilly Ballroom.

Serita and Bishop T.D. Jakes and Jan Miller

Serita and Bishop T.D. Jakes and Jan Miller

While keynote speaker Bishop T. D. Jakes with wife Serita by his side was the rock star surrounded by legions of fans and friends including Jan Miller and Presbyterian Communities and Services President/CEO Godwin Dixon, it was the 49 honorees who mingled among the crowd that were the stealth stars of the day.

Godwin Dixon

Godwin Dixon

For instance, when the doors opened at 11:42 and the guests started filling the ballroom, Jennifer and Rev. Dr. Joe Clifford moseyed on in like a couple on a date. In their case, it sorta was. Between Jennifer’s work at Communities Foundation of Texas and Joe’s non-stop work as senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church, their “time-off” is rare. Joe chuckled that he was home the night before for Halloween with his kids. They gave no sign of their being one of the 49, whose portraits lined the tables in the lobby.

Portraits of 49 honorees

Portraits of 49 honorees

What is the criteria for being recognized as one of the 49? Well, they are individuals, couples and families “who exemplify the following attributes:

  • Compassion and excellence in daily living;
  • Faith in serving others with joy, gratitude, respect and kindness;
  • Courage in empowering, educating and giving hope to others;
  • Integrity in maintaining a high level of ethics, reliability, trust and decency.

Once inside the ballroom, those portraits were individually presented on four mammoth screens. One of the mistakes for these occasion is the placement of the screens. Too often they are placed on either side of the stage. What’s wrong with that layout? Well, the people at the round tables facing the stage have their view for the main action. But if you are seated with your back to the stage, you have to rely on your flexibility to turn around and see what the heck is going on. And forget that plan entirely if you’re trying to eat at the same time.

But let’s face it — those mega screens cost a pretty penny, so the nonprofits can’t be faulted for scrimping in this area.

However, the Each Moment Matters folks were smart and knew that showcasing their fabulous 49 was a major part of the program, and so four screens were placed around the room.

Unfortunately, the video intro had a hiccup that caused it to stop-and-start-and-stop. This situation was followed by a voice over the PA announcing the Rev. Karl Schwarz, who gave the invocation. After a brief munching of lunch, the video was back and on its best behavior.

Dalene Buhl and Linda Humphries

Dalene Buhl and Linda Humphries

Following a welcome by Chair Dalene Buhl and Vice-Chair Linda Humphries, emcee/KDFW-CH. 4 anchor Clarice Tinsley explained how the honorees would be presented. While some may have been skeptical, thinking that the presentation of 49 would take a couple of hours, they soon learned that would not be the case. Clarice established the ground rules — honorees would be announced, come up, get their award and have their photos taken on either side of the stage. Then she issued a plea that she admitted would be tough on all concerned — hold your applause until the very end. As the process took place, it was obvious that hands were so tempted to come together, but everyone played by the rules as the 49 were recognized.

And just who were these 49? Of course, you want to know, so here goes:

  1. Audie Adkins
  2. Thelma and Arzell Ball, EdD
  3. Rev. Patsy and the late Rev. Ben J. Beltzer
  4. Mary and Frank Bonno
  5. Jacqueline and Guy Brown III
  6. John R. Buhl
  7. Carol Casey
  8. April Box Chamberlain
  9. Hak Ja and Ky Mo Chung
  10. Jennifer and Rev. Dr. Joe Clifford
  11. Betty and the Honorable Bill Coker
  12. Martha “Marty” and Russ Coleman
  13. Susan and John Cuellar
  14. Terry Flowers, EdD
  15. Jerome M. “Jerry” Fullinwider
  16. Robert E. Hall
  17. Cherry and David A. Haymes, M.D.
  18. Frank L. Higginbottom, D.D.S.
  19. John (Fox) Holt III and Jordan (Josh) Holt
  20. Joan and Chuck Hudson
  21. Betsy and Clyde Jackson
  22. Brenda L. Jackson
  23. Kara M. Janasak
  24. Dennis Jenkins
  25. Elaine and William “Bill” Johnson
  26. Mary and Charles Ku, D.D.S.
  27. Nancy Kurkowski
  28. The late Kerney Laday Sr.
  29. David Marquis
  30. Marianne and Thomas H. McConnell III, M.D.
  31. Sue B. and Rev. Dr. John M. McCoy Jr.
  32. Jane McManus
  33. Louisa O. Meyer
  34. Maryann Sarris Mihalopoulos
  35. Twila and Ted Moore, D.D.S.
  36. Betty Muse
  37. Charles H. Newby
  38. Cynthia Nott
  39. Janine Pulman
  40. Brad Soper
  41. The late Louis N. “Bill” Sparkman Jr.
  42. Wayne Spencer
  43. Mike Stanley
  44. Roena and Charles Tandy, M.D
  45. The Walker Family including: Sharon and Bob Walker, Sarah Walker Kinard and Matt Kinard and Amanda Walker
  46. Barbara Lord Watkins
  47. Beth Webb
  48. Marsha L. Williams
  49. Chief Justice Carolyn Wright
Bishop T. D. Jakes

Bishop T. D. Jakes

Following the presentation, Bishop Jakes told the audience “that one of [his] greatest accomplishments in life was being there for [his] mother every step of the way at the end of her life.”

As he explained, “We don’t get to choose how we come into the world or choose how we go. We are not just Americans. We are people and people deserve dignity. . . Love, dignity and support is what’s important. And that’s what Faith Presbyterian Hospice does.”

He revealed that it was “sitting by my mother while she was dying, I began writing about how we must all live life to the fullest, while we are vibrant and strong, so we can care for others.” That writing resulted in his book, “Maximize the Moment.”

Thanks to Bishop Jakes, the honorees and those gathered for the luncheon, more than $470,000 was raised.

 

 

Bishop T.D. Jakes To Be Special Guest Speaker At Each Moment Matters

Bishop T.D. Jakes has pull and knows a lot of people like Joel Osteen, Pam Grier and President Barack Obama. In fact he managed to have both Oprah and Jennifer Hudson come to his Megafest 2013.

But come Friday, November 1, the Bishop will be doing a solo as “special guest speaker” at the Each Moment Matters Luncheon for the Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation at the Hilton Anatole.

It will benefit Faith Presbyterian Hospice.

Each Moment Matters Lunch Proved That Each Moment Does Matter

A record may have been set Friday at the Each Moment Matters. Yes, they raised $353,430 and honored The Harold Simmons Foundation with the EMM Lifetime Achievement Award and 49 EMM Honorees (Isabelle K. Adams and Katherine K. Adams, Gil H. Andres, Mike Blake, Eleanor and Howard Bond Ph.D., Frank D. Bracken, Dalene Buhl, Owen Simpson Buntyn, Brent E. Christopher, Wendell Cox, Janet Denney, Nancy Diebolt, Suzanne Dwight, Rebecca Gafford, Marla Gravens, William Gruver, Ernest Higginbotham, Martha Hardwick Hofmeister, Kay and David Jordan Ph.D., Mrs. Melvin “Dean” Kadesky, Charles Kemp, Sharon King, Dan Klein, Mary and Roger Kuehn, John “Victor” Lattimore Jr., Jody W. Lindh, Francie Mancillas, Ellen H. and Conrad, J. Masterson Jr., Wil McCall, William McGinnis, Cyndy and Rev. Dr. Blair Monie, Ruth P. Morgan Ph.D. Sara Bernice Moseley, Helen and Jimmy Payton Sr., Terry Price,Rev. Dr. Nancy Ramsay, Sydney Reid-Hedge, Leonard Riggs M.D., Orville C. Rogers, Valerie Sanchez, Presbyterian Village North, Sew and Sews, Janet Sims, Kent Skipper Ph.D., Randy Smith, Rev. Dr. Clem Gordon Sorley, Kitty St. Claire, Betty and Ray Stephens M.D., Adelle and Jim Taylor, Rev. Dr. John D. Williams and Mark Wischmeyer).

But they also managed to break a time record for a lunch this season.

Benefiting Faith Presbyterian Hospice, the luncheon officially started at 12:05 and at 12:57 guests surprised the valet parkers with “It’s over,” sending the staff hustling for vehicles.

What a gift on a Friday and proving that “each moment does matter.” After all, this event was held to raise money to create a hospice center for all in the area. What a downer? No. Hospice is the kindest service provided to individuals and their families as the final stage of life takes place. One only has to experience the confusion, helplessness and anxiety that occurs when it’s determined that life is ending. Hospice professionals manage to bring a sense of calm, comfort, dignity and relief for all involved.

Maybe that’s the reason why luncheon Co-chairs Kimber Hartmann and Mary Ann Hyde appreciated their guests’ time and didn’t want to have a luncheon that went on and on. In addition to recognizing the 49 honorees and the commemorative book that included their portraits and stories, a video was presented recognizing the support by the Simmons Foundation. It was 10 years ago that the Foundation provided a grant to purchase computers for Faith Presbyterian Hospice. This past year the Foundation gave FPH a $10M grant for the Harold Simmons Foundation Inpatient Care Center at the T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center.   

It was also revealed that Charlotte and Don Test had given $2.5M to help fund the future hospice center’s Outdoor Reflection Center.

These numbers plus past donations bring the total amount committed to more than $30M. But the goal is $45M and a groundbreaking is tentatively scheduled for November 2013.

To help get closer to that goal, PC&SF Board of Trustees Chair Nell Carvell told the audience that The Turning Point Foundation and two anonymous donors had offered a matching grant for pledges up to $50,000. Only problem? The offer was only good til midnight.  

Then the group was thanked for their attendance and the lunch was done. Well, sorta. Yes, there were those who scampered happily to their cars, but many stayed to discuss what they had heard and congratulate those who make such a great difference in the community.

Despite Blocked Blocks, Jan Miller And Jeff Rich Host Celebration For Each Moment Matters Honorees

Jan Miller and Jeff Rich

When Jan Miller and Jeff Rich set up events at their home for both Monday, September 24, and Tuesday, September 25, they didn’t realize that the gods of street construction would be part of the set-up. With blocks around their outstanding palazzo boasting “Closed” signs, guests drove their cars through a Highland Park maze trying to arrive.

Monday night was to celebrate T.D. Jakes’ “Let It Go,” and Tuesday was to preview the Each Moment Matters Book and to honor the 2012 Each Moment Matters Award Honorees Isabelle K. Adams, Katherine K. Adams, Gil H. Andres, Mike Blake, Eleanor and Howard Bond Ph.D., Frank D. Bracken, Dalene Buhl,

Brent Christopher and Barbara and Bob Sypult

Owen Simpson Buntyn, Brent E. Christopher, Wendell Cox, Janet Denney, Nancy Diebolt, Suzanne Dwight, Rebecca Gafford, Marla Gravens, William Gruver, Ernest Higginbotham, Martha Hardwick Hofmeister, Kay and David Jordan Ph.D., Mrs. Melvin “Dean” Kadesky, Charles Kemp, Sharon King, Dan Klein, Mary and Roger Kuehn, John “Victor” Lattimore Jr., Jody W. Lindh, Francie Mancillas, Ellen H. and Conrad J. Masterson Jr., Wil McCall, William McGinnis, Cyndy and Rev. Dr. Blair Monie, Ruth P. Morgan Ph.D., Sara Bernice Moseley, Helen and Jimmy Payton Sr., Terry Price, Rev. Dr. Nancy Ramsay, Sydney Reid-Hedge, Leonard Riggs M.D., Orville C. Rogers, Valerie Sanchez, Presbyterian Village North, Sew and Sews, Janet Sims, Kent Skipper Ph.D., Randy Smith, Rev. Dr. Clem Gordon Sorley, Kitty St. Claire, Betty and Ray Stephens M.D., Adelle and Jim Taylor, Rev. Dr. John D. Williams and Mark Wischmeyer.

While the dining room table was surrounded by guests looking over the Each Moment Matters book, the rest of the house was soon filled. But this was simply a prelude to the Friday, October 19, Each Moment Matters Luncheon at the Hilton Anatole, when all will be officially acknowledged for their support of the Faith Presbyterian Hospice. KDFW-CH. 4’s Clarice Tinsley will emcee the luncheon that will also honor the Harold Simmons Foundation.

Share-A-Date: Each Moment Matters Luncheon

Godwin Dixon, T. Boone Pickens and Tom Leppert

Wednesday, September 28: Honorary Chairs Susan and Bill Montgomery have set the date for this year’s Each Moment Matters Luncheon at the Hilton Anatole. Benefiting Faith Presbyterian Hospice, the event recognizes “unsung heroes who make a difference in the lives of others.” Last year’s Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to T. Boone Pickens with a crowd of 900 in attendance.

To understand the value of hospice care, one only has to witness the compassion and professionalism provided by the individuals for those who are facing end-of-life issues. The services of hospice staff members extend beyond the patient to caring for the families as well at a very difficult time in the cycle of life.

Honoree T. Boone Makes A Request At the “Each Moment Matters” Luncheon

It was a sell-out crowd of 850 at the Hilton Anatole Thursday for the Each Moment Matters luncheon honoring T. Boone Pickens (pictured center with, from the left, Godwin Dixon and Mayor Tom Leppert) for his philanthropic work. Thanks to the announcement of his $18.4+ million gift for a new $48.5 million hospice facility just the day before, the accolades were flowing.

Following lunch and a video presentation, Presbyterian Communities and Services President/CEO Godwin Dixon tried to add his praise to the great feelings as Boone stood on the stage with hands in his pockets.

Perhaps he was reaching in his pocket to find some more money to give away. But Boone told the crowd in accepting the award that his philanthropy was going to have to slow down a bit since money was a bit tight nowadays. But he added that things would get better and he would be back in the giving business.

Since Boone was a man who wastes little time, he asked the crowd for a favor. Told them it wouldn’t cost anything.   He asked them to support his energy-independence efforts by visiting and, hopefully, signing up on his web site.

Following Boone, the closer for the lunch was historian/author/ teacher Rosemary Rumbley, who managed to entertain while pointing out the importance that hospice care provides to the patient as well as the family. Leave it to Rosemary to take a sensitive subject and magically weave it with both humor, love and compassion.

As part of the Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation the T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center will be located at 12379 Merit Dr.

T. Boone Pickens Knows How To Get Things Going When It Comes To “Each Moment Matters”

That T. Boone Pickens really knows how to add sizzle to a celebration. On the eve of the Each Moment Matters luncheon Thursday at the Anatole honoring the 82-year old Pickens, he announced his gift of $18.4 million for a new $48.5 million hospice. The 116,000-square foot facility will be located in North Dallas and will be able to provide care for 36 patients.

Photo provided by Each Moment Matters

But back to the luncheon benefiting Faith Presbyterian Hospice, Grace Presbyterian Village and Presbyterian Village North. Event Chair Elizabeth Gambrell (pictured) and Kay Lynn Brumbaugh are just a couple of seats away from the “We’re sold out” stage with more than 850 guests with reservation. Helping them accomplish this feat are: [Read more…]