7th Annual Dinner For Life  

Harbor Foundation recently held its 7th Annual Dinner for Life Gala on Friday, November 4, 2016. The Gala was held at the Event Centre in downtown Beaumont, and this year’s theme, “Havana Nights” celebrated a night of Cuban cuisine and Latin entertainment. The evening featured gourmet dining by Greenlight Catering and Chef Scott Fisher, dancing to Champagne Room, a cigar roller, photo booth, tango dancing by Tango and Bolos, and Carmen Miranda. The night ended with a spectacular fireworks display celebrating Harbor Foundations 10 year anniversary.

This year’s honorees were Hospice Spiritual Counselors. Our chaplains are a key component in the team approach that hospice delivers. Whether spending time with a patient, or the patient’s family, their service is invaluable. Dr. Garrett Peel, Chief Surgeon of Previty Surgical Care in Beaumont, spoke with passion about the comfort chaplains provide to patients and families. “Your actions are a shining example of what we have been called to do; love one another. Thank you for shining your beacon of light into the hearts of our patients and their families,” said Dr. Peel.


Jerry Fenter, Regional Director of Spiritual Counselors, spoke stating “When a spiritual counselor walks into the room there is an immediate but subtle change in the atmosphere. Where there was anxiety, there is a change toward peace. Where there was refusal and denial, there is a change toward acceptance and agreement. Where there was misunderstanding, there is a change toward mutual understanding and discussion. Where there was anger, there is a change toward love and hope. To say that this happens every time a spiritual counselor walks into a room would be foolish and unrealistic. The truth is it happens more often than we know. Spiritual counselors often tell patients and family that our role is to walk alongside them on this journey. There is a Greek word, paracletos, used occasionally in the Bible. The literal definition of the word is “called alongside to give aid.” It is often used to describe someone as a comforter, or an advocate, a helper. I believe the word clearly describes the work of hospice, Harbor Hospice, Harbor Foundation, and spiritual counselors in particular. Without the comfort, peace, hope, and compassion provided by the men and women who serve as spiritual counselors, the patients of Harbor Hospice would be missing the holistic care that is critical to proper hospice care. Thankfully, Harbor Hospice has a reputation for going above what is required, and beyond what is normal. Tonight we acknowledge the critical role of the Harbor Hospice spiritual counselor”.

Dr Garrett Peel also spoke about the mission of the Foundation, as well as the services provided over the last 10 years. “While Harbor services are available to all, Harbor Foundation specifically helps patients and families with needs well beyond the scope of healthcare. All funds raised go directly to help those in need,” reported Dr. Peel.

Each year, the Gala grows larger and more successful, and this year was no exception. A special thank you to everyone who attended, sponsored a table, purchased a ticket, donated to the silent auction or bought items at the auction. We could not do this without you!