Grateful for Hospice of Austin ~ 15th Annual Beauty of Life

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899

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

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Comments (25)

Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Congratulations, Dorie, on your successful fundraising efforts for this important facility.

Nov 07, 2022 06:11 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Vote 900 people Dorie, the cooks where busy to cook all the food for the group.  Thanks for sharing this with us!

 

Nov 07, 2022 07:30 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

I am glad you have been able to attend this wonderful event for such a worthwhile charity. They really seem to have a great attitude and wonderful staff. Having the connection you do makes it so much more meaningful for you too. Enjoy all the future events you are going to attend.

Nov 07, 2022 08:15 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hospice is really an wonderful organization and help so many. In Austin there are several and Hospice of Austin is the only non-profit organization Wayne Martin 

Nov 07, 2022 09:38 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Thank you Bill Salvatore - East Valley they are a wonderful organization and do so much good.

Nov 07, 2022 09:39 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Leanne Smith ..Hospice is an organization you don't think of until you need them. After you use them you never forget the valuable service they provide.

Nov 07, 2022 09:41 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

You are so right Michael Jacobs , they all have a servants heart and are so adept at what and how they provide for those facing their final days.

Nov 07, 2022 09:43 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Joan Cox ,

I had no idea they had such a big event it was so exciting to see and feel the synergy! 

Nov 07, 2022 09:55 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dorie hospice care is something we hope we don't ever need, but very comforting to know it is available if we ever do need it.

Nov 07, 2022 11:00 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

I love this Dorie. Hospice organizations around the country do so much for families that "Thank You" never seems enough. I have a feeling that Geno lightened their days as much as they did his. 

Nov 07, 2022 11:12 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Thank you Roy Kelley 

Nov 07, 2022 12:51 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi Will Hamm ..the cooks were busy but they had great staff that had it delivered in a very timely fashion for that many people.

Nov 07, 2022 12:52 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Thank you Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 ,

It was an event that was in honor of a group dear and near to my heart.

Nov 07, 2022 12:53 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

That is exactly true George Souto !!

Nov 07, 2022 12:54 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Geno definitely was a ray of sunshine for those who came to help..he had them laughing and great, fast friends. Many at first didn't understand why he was in Hospice because he appeared so full of life..but they soon  learned timing was everything and  understand his need to carry on as usual.

Nov 07, 2022 12:57 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Hospice care has become a vital part of communities across the nation.  It sounds like Austin has had it in their city for over 42 years.

Nov 07, 2022 07:32 PM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Specializing in Multifamily Projects Nationwide

Hi, Dorie. Such a beautiful tribute to an organization whose primary focus is to be "a rainbow in someone's life destination." 

I have volunteered a few hours a week at the local Hospice Care hospitals. The idea of being part of the community is honorable and much-needed. 

Kudos to you for your participation in this sound "cause." Thank you for your post. 

Nov 08, 2022 09:29 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I've known many who have used Hospice Austin but the first time using it for family was with my Geno and they were wonderful Myrl Jeffcoat !

Nov 09, 2022 02:09 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Aura Alex ..they are a caring, professional and loving entity.  I'm so thrilled they provide so much kindness when truly needed. They make a huge difference in a patients life.

Nov 09, 2022 02:11 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Dorie! What a special organization and as your Austin chapter, ours here have been instrumental in getting so many friends and family members through their final months. The one thing that I noticed is, as you said, they were there for you for months afterwards. What they do is nothing short of angels being sent from heaven above. I'm also grateful for them and thank you so much for sharing your experience with them.

Congratulations on raising so much money to help with Hospice care. That money will be well-spent and it is so comforting for you, I'm sure, knowing you're doing something so instrumental for such a great organization.

Thanks for a great entry in this month's gratitude challenge!

Nov 26, 2022 06:03 PM