Funds Raised For Organ Donation By Taylor’s Gift Foundation

By Jonathan Spindel
Photography by Jerry McClure

THE SCENE: On an evening last November, some of Dallas’ most compassionate Sociables gathered in Trinity Groves to celebrate the Taylor’s Gift Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the process of organ donation. This event marked the inaugural Outlive Yourself Award to recognize individuals who make an impact in their community and the lives of others.

THE VIBE: The crowd included a dynamic mix of local notables and celebs, including Jeff Probst, Taylor’s Gift spokesman and host of the CBS reality TV show Survivor, who served as the event master of ceremonies. After gregarious mingling and a delightful dinner, the Outlive Yourself Award recipients were announced. Karen Cuskey, co-owner of Dallas-based The Barber Shop Marketing, was recognized for her talent of making a difference through her network and skills in media and promotions. O.H. “Bud” Frazier, M.D. was recognized for his work and research in the medical field, which has revolutionized organ donation and organ transplantation. Karen Cuskey and Dr. Frazier were honored with a heartwarming program that included a touching moment when all the guests raised tea lights, to symbolize those whose lives are touched by organ donation.

THE CAUSE: The event, sponsored by Legacy ER & Urgent Care, was chaired by Kate Dorff, with Jeff Probst as honorary chair. The event raised almost $200,000 for the Taylor’s Gift Foundation, which will go toward life-saving effort of increasing organ donor registrations and to financially assist families touched by organ donation.

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