The late British statesman Sir Winston Churchill once said; “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
Those sentiments were affirmed as hundreds poured into the Cendera Center in Fort Worth Tuesday night in support of the Careity Foundation’s, Careity Rocks event.
The evening wasn’t just a fundraiser, but also a time to give thanks and honor those who have made an impact, through their dedication and support, in helping critically ill children through pediatric palliative care.
The event also provided a glimpse of the hopes and dreams that drive child patients to stand strong in the face of the challenges their illness presents.
Two awards were presented during the festivities. The first was the Mary Branch Humanitarian Award, given to those who demonstrate a sincere interest in the elimination of suffering, whether it be cancer victims, or others. The award is intended to honor a lifetime of service characterized by loving sacrifice.
The winner was Debra Smith of Pulliam Pools.
“Lyn and Beverly, it’s been such an honor to get to know them. What they do...it’s amazing,” Smith said. “It makes me proud that Pulliam Pools can help them, any way we can.”
Smith said she didn’t feel like it should be just her award because she has such an amazing family and team that helps her accomplish the goals she wants for giving.
“I really want to dedicate this award tonight to dear friends of mine who lost their fight with cancer,” an emotional Smith said. “Jan Barton, who recently passed away, and Claudia Bowden - I accept this on their behalf.”
▪ The second award, the Spirit of Careity, is given to those devoted to philanthropic leadership. They have also demonstrated a commitment to Careity Foundation work in preserving and enhancing the quality of life for cancer patients and children. They must have a spirit of caring and volunteerism, be a compassionate giver, and a humanitarian.
The winner was Tom and Therese Moncrief.
“This is an incredible organization spearheaded by two phenomenal people that have the drive, soul and dedication that you rarely see to the degree that they embody it,” Therese said. “We appreciate this.”
Tom echoed the sentiments while honoring both his parent and grand-parents, giving them credit, for the award.
“Hopefully one day we will eradicate cancer as a threat to life,” Tom said.
You can still help with a $25 or more donations by choosing Careity Foundation for North Central Giving Day - Thurs., Sept 22nd.