Community supporters gathered at the Country Club of Lincoln for Tabitha’s annual Signature Event on Oct. 4. This fundraiser inspired giving to ensure Nebraska Seniors receive the care they need and deserve. Soaring beyond Tabitha’s expectations, donations eclipsed $265,000 -- thanks to generous donors and sponsors.
Because nonprofit Tabitha opens its doors to those who have outlived their financial resources, the evening focused on the need to fill the over $1,000,000 deficit Tabitha faces each year as government funding only covers a fraction of the true cost to care for a senior.
By far, the highlight of the night was the presence of Tabitha’s youngest donor, 9-year-young Braxton Anderson, all the way from Callaway, Nebraska, and his parents, Cassie and TR. Despite health issues of his own, Brax is an example of how compassion plus small change can make a difference. As reported in the November L Magazine, starting with a 12-quarters Tabitha Meals on Wheels donation, Brax encouraged others to give. News spread, and his $3 gift was matched and then some by Tabitha board members, friends, family and 100s of Women Who Care-Lincoln, resulting in over $16,000 and counting.
But Braxton was not done giving. Alongside his Dad, TR, he treated the crowd to the gift of song with a heartwarming rendition of “ICU,” written by TR (leader of the band Borderline), inspired by Brax’s strength and courage through 75-plus surgeries and countless hospital visits. Brax even helped lead the live auction to support senior care, and in true Brax form, got in on the action and wrapped up the evening with a bid of his own. Brax added, “It just feels good to give!”
“Our depth of gratitude is truly immeasurable for the astounding generosity shown at Tabitha’s Signature Event this year,” shared Christie Hinrichs, Tabitha's president and CEO. “We are blessed with a strong community that cares deeply for its neighbors, family members and seniors, and believes in Tabitha’s mission of providing industry-leading quality care to the older adults we’re so privileged to serve.”
Tabitha is also grateful to major sponsors for making the event possible, including Lockton Companies, Dr. Rod and Debbie Basler, Bryan Health, Assurity and Cline Williams, among many other corporate and individual sponsors.
As a 132-year-nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha provides home health care, innovative living communities, rehabilitation, skilled nursing care and compassionate hospice services. For answers to your aging questions, visit Tabitha.org.