Last Thursday nearly 280 guests attended the 3rd Annual Outlive Yourself Awards at Union Station in downtown Dallas. The event was presented by Methodist Dallas Transplant Institute benefiting Taylor’s Gift Foundation. Honorary Chair and Master of Ceremonies Kristi Nelson of NBC 5 entertained guests throughout the evening with a lineup including co-founders Tara and Todd Storch; Joe Winters, husband of Taylor’s heart recipient and Arnetta Wright, an organ transplant recipient who received the gift of life while being treated at Methodist.
The highlight of the event was celebrating the two amazing honorees: Dr. Tiffany Anthony, a transplant surgeon at Baylor Scott & White, and Terri Maxwell, founder and CEO of Share On Purpose.
“I am honored to receive this award,” said Maxwell. “Everyone can outlive themselves through organ donation. Taylor’s Gift not only raises awareness of the importance of organ donation, but also provides support to the families who have given the ultimate gift after having lost a loved one.”
Proceeds from the event 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 organ donor families. Assisting with needs such as burial expenses, utilities, rent and more, Taylor’s Gift Foundation works to help those who are facing immediate need.
The Outlive Yourself Awards is an opportunity to celebrate those who have made an extraordinary impact and truly embody the “Outlive Yourself” spirit by giving back to others. The event was launched in 2015 and is a special night that seeks to celebrate the lives and actions of inspiring individuals while also supporting the mission and work of Taylor's Gift Foundation.
2017 event sponsors include:
Presenting - Methodist Dallas Transplant Institute
Platinum - NationStar and Patricia Dedman Family Foundation
Silver - Espinosa de los Reyes Family and Southwest Transplant Alliance
Kickoff Reception - Park Place Dealerships
Bronze - Massage Envy
Friends of Taylor's Gift - The Apple Family, Hartman Terilli and Dana Love
Gift of Life - LifeGift
Awards - Tiffany’s
Wine Pull - Ben E. Keith
Kickoff Beer - Four Corners
PR Partner - TrizCom PR
Hotel Partner - The Lumen
Listed - Wilcox Investment Bankers
2017 host committee members include:
Kathy and Patrick Aulson
Robin and Norm Bagwell
Saryn and Jonathan Dietz
Shaley and Javier Espinosa
Karen and Tobin Hartman
Shelly Slater Huffstutter and Clay Huffstutter
Roanne and James Lasater
Lisa and Frank Marshall
Sandi and Dr. Bill Taylor
Carmen and Lance White
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.