Presbyterian Communities and Services Raises More Than $500,000 at the 5th Annual Each Moment Matters Luncheon

The Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation’s 5th annual Each Moment Matters Luncheon, held at the Hilton Anatole on October 31st, welcomed more than 1,000 guests to honor 44 of Dallas’ own community change agents, everyday heroes and philanthropic visionaries. The luncheon raised more than $505,000 for the Faith Presbyterian Hospice Caring Fund, which helps this premier hospice provider offer specialized bereavement services for children and nationally recognized innovative programs including pet therapy, massage therapy and music therapy, as well as benevolent care. The donations provide half of the Caring Fund’s budget for the year. The organization serves 1,500 families in 13 counties each year. Faith Presbyterian Hospice will also assist families and children in the first stand-alone hospice center in Dallas, Faith Presbyterian Hospice’s T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center, when the first phase opens in 2016. The organization just reached its $38.6 million fundraising goal for the first phase of construction.

“The generosity of our donors will allow us to empower individuals to live their lives to the fullest and truly make each moment matter, up until the last moment,” said Godwin Dixon, CEO of Presbyterian Community and Services. “It was a privilege to recognize 44 fellow like-minded individuals in Dallas who serve people in a positive way and make the community a better place. We want to thank everyone for supporting Faith by recognizing the importance of quality hospice services.”

The luncheon was chaired by Clare Buie Chaney, PhD, with Barbara Lord Watkins serving as the honorary chair. David Hudgins, Emmy- and Writer’s Guild Award-nominated executive producer and writer of three popular television shows, was the featured speaker at the event. He is passionate about hospice care and proudly supports the services that Faith Presbyterian Hospice makes available to families and children. Hudgins started the Catherine H. Tuck Foundation to provide assistance to women with breast cancer. His sister, Catherine, passed away from the disease in 2011.

“Faith Presbyterian Hospice is the largest not-for-profit hospice in Dallas, and our team is devoted to enriching the lives of terminally ill patients and their families,” said Cindy Douglas, executive director of Faith Presbyterian Hospice. “We have a bright future ahead, and we want to sincerely thank everyone who believes in the meaningful work we do each and every day.”

 

Major sponsors include:

Each Moment Matters Book Underwriter ($25,000): Billie and Gillis Thomas Family Foundation

Program Underwriter ($10,000): Baylor University Medical Center of Dallas

Book Preview Party Underwriter ($7,500): Business Jet Center

Valet Underwriter ($7,500): Bank of Texas

Favor Underwriter ($5,000): GlynnDevins

Step of Love ($50,000): Anonymous

Step of Joy ($25,000): Linbeck Group, LLC; USI Southwest

Step of Peace ($15,000): Pi Architects

Step of Patience ($10,000): Cathey and Don Humphreys; Texas Health Resources

Step of Kindness ($5,000): Gil Andres Family; Cenergistic; Clare Buie Chaney and Cal Chaney; Judge and Mrs. Bill Coker; Faulkner Design Group; Noe Hinojosa, Jr.; Hodges Capital Management; HydroWorx; Medical City Dallas Hospital; Olicon, Inc.; PRDG Architects; Scovell Family Fund of The Dallas Foundation; Jean and Tom Walter

Step of Goodness ($2,500): AT&T; Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP; Steve and Tena Burley; Children’s Medical Center; Cigna; Anne R. Compton; Margie and Ray Francis; Frost Bank; Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Ellen H. and Conrad J. Masterson Jr.; Kristi and Chris McCampbell; Linda Pickett and Carolyn Walton; Quest Capital Management, Inc; Risk Services, LLC; Sandra Tufts

Step of Faithfulness ($1,500): M. Ann Abbe; ABC Home and Commercial Services; Andrews Kurth, LLP; Austin College; Billy J. Bates; Dalene and John Buhl; Caddis Partners, LLC; Cissy and W. Plack Carr, Jr.; Nell and Jim Carvell; CliftonLarsenAllen LLP; Communities Foundation of Texas; Marilyn R. Corrigan; Susan and John Cuellar; Cathy and Bill Davis; Christa R. and Godwin G. Dixon; Carol and Daniel Donovan; ESIS ProClaim; Liz Fannin; Friends of Billye Miars; Friends of Teresa Whittington; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gibbs; Godwin Lewis PC; J. M. Haggar, Jr. Family Foundation; Dr. and Mrs. W. Robert Hudgins; Mary Ann Hyde; Jones Day; Mr. and Mrs. Ron Kelly; Deborah and Milton Key; Local Cremation; Cynthia Logan; Melissa McCleskey and Mark Fuqua; Joseph L. McEntee; Judiann and Mark Meyer; Paula J. Miller; Liz Minyard-Lokey; Cyndy and Rev. Dr. Blair Monie; NorthPark Presbyterian Church; Bob and Karen Orr; Mary Dean and Ken Perry; Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church; Presbyterian Hospital of Denton; Jean and Andy Raub; Warren and Barbara Rutherford; Becky and Larry Sykes; Brenda Terry; The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society, Inc.; Sharon and Robert Walker; Connie S. Webb; Margaret and Tom Williams; Mr. and Mrs. Linus Wright