I was so moved at the 15th annual “Beauty for Life” luncheon held last week at the JW Marriott. There were 900 people for brunch, shopping, silent auction, raffle tickets and donating! I knew at this event this would be my second post in the November challenge of gratitude.
The speaker, Jen Hatmaker, was hilarious, sincere and powerful! Her whole life’s work is to serve women as they genuinely show up for their own lives. I can see why her podcast “For the Love with Jen Hatmaker” is treasured by millions of women.
Hospice of Austin was the first hospice in Central Texas and was established in 1979 and began providing services the summer of 1980. They are the only non-profit hospice.
I love their mission statement “We care for everyone who needs us, regardless of age, diagnosis, or ability to pay. As a non-profit, we put people before profits.”
Hospice of Austin is dear to my heart because they took care of my Geno. They eased his physical, emotional and spiritual pain as he faced his final months. They soon learned Geno was a character, always joking and making friends with who ever came, trying to make their day a better one. With all their experience they could see through his antics and were able to offer compassion and care beyond what I thought was possible. Everyone was a gift from heaven.
I could never begin to repay their kindness for helping him in his final hours. They provided him such comfort, and allowed him to pass with dignity and grace. But they were also there for me and our family, helping us through the many phases. Their materials helped us recognize the stages during his final months and understand the progression. They were there for us weeks and months after and offered so much guidance, kindness and direction.
I’m so thrilled to say we raised $204,150 at the luncheon (that was the last figure posted) but I’m sure the figure rose higher. This was my first year to attend the “Beauty of Life” luncheon and know it will be an annual event for me.
“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.” Anthony Robbins