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Taylor’s Gift Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the life-saving effort of increasing organ donor registrations and to financially assisting families touched by organ donation, hosted the second annual Outlive Yourself Awards and fundraising event on Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Belo Mansion in Dallas. This year’s event, presented by Methodist Dallas Transplant Institute, honored Kathy Aulson and Robin Bagwell for making a lasting difference in their community and the lives of others.

The second annual event was a huge success for 6-year-old Taylor’s Gift, with more than $200,000 raised to assist families across the United States touched by organ donation. Nearly 300 guests were in attendance, including event co-chairs Saryn and Jonathan Dietz and Shaley and Javier Espinosa. Throughout the evening, guests were entertained by master of ceremonies George Dunham, host of 1310 Sportsradio The Ticket-Dallas.

“Our daughter Taylor lived her life to the fullest, impacting the lives of many and leaving a lasting legacy. Each year at the Outlive Yourself Awards, Todd and I are able to recognize those who are making a difference right now and doing their part to leave their legacy,” says Tara Storch, co-founder, Taylor’s Gift Foundation.

Proceeds from the event will support the mission of Taylor’s Gift – providing financial assistance to families who have given the gift of life. The organization’s Legacy Gift program was established to provide financial assistance to individuals and families touched by organ donation. Assisting with needs such as burial expenses, utilities, rent and more, Taylor’s Gift Foundation works to help those who are facing immediate need. 

2016 Event Sponsors include: Presenting - Methodist Dallas Transplant Institute

Premier - Patricia Dedman Family Foundation

Platinum - NationStar

Gold - Lisa and Clay Cooley

Silver - Southwest Transplant Alliance

Print Collateral - Legacy ER & Urgent Care

Wine Pull Sponsor - Ben E. Keith

Friends of Taylor's Gift - The Barber Shop Marketing, Brian and Kelli Benedik, Lapgevity, Inc, Lifegift, Topgolf

PR Partner - TrizCom PR

Hotel Partner - The Joule

Media Partner – Papercity


2016 Host Committee members include:

Kate and John Dorff

Karen and Tobin Hartman

Holly and Todd Kerr

Roanne and James Lasater

Lisa and Frank Marshall

Marsha and Robert Skinner

Shelly Slater

Sandi and Dr. Bill Taylor

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Michelle and Kyle Young

Since its inception in 2010, Taylor’s Gift is on a mission to encourage supporters to “Outlive Yourself.” What does it mean to “Outlive Yourself”? It’s a spirit of giving and a mindset of going above and beyond for others and living selflessly. Taylor’s Gift encourages individuals to register as organ donors as one way to Outlive Yourself.

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