We are thrilled to celebrate our #EMMluncheon honorees and many of our loyal supporters in The Dallas Morning News today!

The Each Moment Matters event was a fully online, virtual celebration featuring our honorees, highlighting our sponsors and showcasing the transformative end-of-life care made possible by the support of this event. While it looked different than we originally planned, we are steadfast in our commitment to advocate for quality end-of-life care and encouraging crucial conversations about end-of-life wishes.

With the rise in COVID-19 related hospitalizations, hospice services become more in-demand as hospitals restrict visitors, more patients are requesting transfers to residential hospice care so they can be with their loved ones in their last moments. Because of this, now, possibly more than ever before, the funds raised through this event are needed.

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your continued support.

We are delighted to announce that Christie Carter, Beth and Dan Plumlee and Junior Villanueva will serve as co-chairs of the virtual 2021 Each Moment Matters Luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. Each of these co-chairs are incredibly accomplished and respected in our community, but beyond that, they share a unique bond that brings them together to help raise funds for the Faith Presbyterian Hospice Caring Fund. Christie, Beth and Junior all have personally experienced the compassionate care and services that Faith Presbyterian Hospice provides. We are honored to have these three individuals, who truly understand what a difference the Each Moment Matters Luncheon makes in the lives of patients and families, chair this event.

Junior Villanueva, owner of Garden Gate Floral Design, is a staple on the Dallas social scene with his inventive and elegant floral designs for all types of events including weddings, worship services, corporate installations, bouquets and more. Junior is an incredibly gracious and genteel soul, with unique ability to make each person he encounters feel important, cared for and seen. Junior’s wife, Maria, along with Junior and their four-legged babies, Petals and Gi-gi, spent nearly six weeks at the T. Boone Pickens Hospice Center during which time he came to know the Center as a “thin space” – that place where heaven meets earth. We are honored to have Junior co-host this year’s luncheon as a tribute to his late wife.

Beth and Dan Plumlee, attorney at law and member of the board of advisors for the East Africa Chamber of Commerce, and board of directors of the Baylor Medical Foundation and her husband Dan Plumlee, president of L&B Realty Advisors are both well respected in the Dallas community and beyond. In March 2018, Beth’s mother spent just 24 hours at the T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center, but Beth remembers the immediate comfort and special time she and her family spent together. Beth’s involvement as co-chair of this year’s luncheon is in part, a way to help others discover that we have such a tremendous resource that assists patients and their families make the most of each moment.

Christie Carter has served the Dallas community in countless ways over the years. Among her many philanthropic and volunteer ventures, Christie was 2016 Crystal Charity Ball Chair and has served on many boards including Dallas CASA, Community Partners Auxiliary, and the Dallas Chamber Symphony. Christie is a ray of sunshine and positivity leaving all who meet her feeling a little lighter after their encounter. Christie’s childhood friend, Alison, was in need of hospice service in early 2020 and Christie used her vast network to help her get settled at the T. Boone Pickens Center. Through the ten days Alison was in the Center, Christie came to know the passion and devotion exuded by each teammate. Because of this, she has become a great advocate for Faith Presbyterian Hospice and the sense of relief and peace it provides.

In addition to these amazing co-chairs, Sammye and Mike Myers have graciously accepted our invitation to serve as Honorary Chairs. Philanthropy and giving of time and talents is woven into the of the Myers’ lives. They have dedicated themselves to making a difference in our community by serving quietly behind the scenes on numerous boards and committees throughout their decades of service. Many of their volunteer and philanthropic endeavors focus on education and health care. We are especially proud to have them as builders and champions of the T. Boone Pickens Hospice Center. Sammye has served as a board member of the Forefront Living Foundation since 2018 and together with Mike, they have generously supported the Each Moment Matters Luncheon for the past four years.


EACH MOMENT MATTERS | September 21, 2021

About the Each Moment Matters Luncheon

Navigating life’s final passage is a profound experience for individuals and families. Whether in the home or at the T. Boone Pickens Hospice Center, Faith Presbyterian Hospice helps that transition become less about loss and more about comfort, enrichment, love and celebration. The programs and services made possible through the Each Moment Matters Luncheon provide for the care of unfunded patients as well as the special programming and clinical services that we call the “Faith Difference.”

A unique feature of the Each Moment Matters Luncheon is recognizing individuals throughout our community who are making an extraordinary difference in the lives of others. They exemplify what it means to make each moment matter, and inspire us to do the same. By allowing us to honor them, they make even more extraordinary moments possible in the lives of those served by Faith Presbyterian Hospice.

Forefront Living Foundation Board

L. Gerald “Jerry” Bryant, Ex Officio

A. Dean Castillo

Russ Coleman, Chairman

Jordan W. Cowman

Ronald J. Gafford

Noe Hinojosa, Jr.

Clark Hodges

Joseph L. McEntee

Sammye Myers

David Peacock

Mary Ann Till

Andy Kaye Walsh

Forefront Living Operating Board

David Ashworth

L. Gerald “Jerry” Bryant, Chairman

William W. Davis

Cornelius “Neil” Foote, Secretary

Rebecca Gruchalla, M.D.

Kevin Jackson

Brad Nitschke

Philip M. Wentworth

Laura H. Wright

Advisory Council

Janet Bracken

John Cuellar

Alison Doherty

Joseph A. “Joe” Hoffman

Philip Hurley

Jeanie Borlaug Laube

Cynthia Logan

Carol Mason

Dr. Michael McElhenie

Michael L. Meadows

Cyndy Monie

Nathaniel R. Mosely

Tony Pack

Pat Porter

Faith Stazzoni

Courtney Underwood

Becky White

Dr. Kern Wildenthal

Marnie Wildenthal

CEO, Forefront Living

Executive Director, Forefront Living Foundation

2021 Honorees

The Each Moment Matters Luncheon is about honoring individuals in our community who are making an extraordinary difference in the lives of others. They exemplify what it means to make each moment matter, and inspire us to do the same.

Christina Baroody
Betty & John Birkner
Yvette Cardenas
Larry Dykstra
Toska Medlock Lee
Jovelyn Castellanos
Tucker Enthoven
Dr. Teik Lim
Carol & Jim Cress
Katie Kemph
Mark Masepohl
Maryann Mihalopoulos (posthumous)
Dr. Esteria Miller
The Rev. Dr. Samira Page
Rhonda Taylor-Blair
Rabbi Howard Wolk

About the Faith Caring Fund

The Faith Caring Fund provides charitable care, children’s grief support, end-of life therapies and specialized clinical in-patient services.

In 2020, the Faith Caring Fund helped supply extraordinary care and therapies, including:

· 2,264 days of charitable care for patients who would have otherwise not received hospice services

· 1,263 music therapy sessions

· 1,452 therapeutic massages

· 458 children received children’s grief support services ·

Specialized clinical services that allowed Faith to care for some of the most medically complex patients at the T. Boone Pickens Hospice Center

Your gift or sponsorship makes each moment matter in the lives of our patients

We are grateful to each of our underwriters, sponsors and donors for making a difference in the lives of others.

Sadly, many individuals with life-limiting illnesses have little to no funds to cover needed end-of-life care. Nearly every day we receive requests to help, and unfortunately are able to accept only 1 in 3 of those requests. At Faith Presbyterian Hospice, we believe every human being deserves the most dignified ending to life and their families need and deserve grief support services. This drives our goal of providing quality and compassionate care for these patients, while also extending care to their loved ones. Regardless of an individual’s age or health condition, we know that Each Moment Matters and should be full of joy and meaning. Proceeds from this event provide charitable care to individuals who do not have adequate funds or insurance coverage, as well as specialized care and services to patients and families of Faith Presbyterian Hospice who live in our 13-county service area in North Texas.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please call 214-413-1577 or email EachMomentMatters@forefrontliving.org.

Thank you to our generous sponsors and underwriters.