Over 80 guests, including Juliette Fowler Communities Visionary Women Award recipients, board members, previous Visionary Women honorees, supporters and staff gathered on February 27 at the home of Barbara Bradfield. The party was celebrating their upcoming Visionary Women Luncheon featuring keynote speaker Leeza Gibbons, which was recently cancelled due to COVID-19.
Representatives from AWARE, the 2020 Visionary Women Award recipient, included AWARE’s president Jolie Humphrey and president elect, Barbara Glass, as well as Stacey Angel, Judy Jarmon Diamond, Holly Miori, and Carol Stabler. Representatives from Deloitte, the 2020 recipient of the Erika McKenzie Volunteer Award, included Nolen Cornett, Roslyn Gumbel, and April Patterson. The third award recipient, Miranda Sullivan, a junior at TCU and the recipient of the Juliette Fowler Faith and Service Award, was also in attendance.
Nicole Gann, president and CEO, Juliette Fowler Communities, began the program thanking hostess Barbara Bradfield, welcoming guests, and thanking Visionary Luncheon media sponsors CultureMap and NBC 5. She continued that the Visionary Women Luncheon is an important opportunity to honor the founders of organization and spread its mission of serving children and youth as well as elders, with a special focus on dementia services for the 2020 luncheon event. She recognized two past Visionary Women Award recipients in attendance, Patti Hardman and Marca Lee Bircher. Additionally, she highlighted the family of the late Erika McKenzie, Juliette Fowler Communities’ former and beloved volunteer coordinator, board member and namesake of the Erika McKenzie Volunteer Award. Her husband, The Rev. Dr. Don McKenzie, and family members Laurie Tipton, Don McKenzie, and Shelbie McKenzie were in attendance. Before turning the program over to Luncheon Chair Michelle Feavel, she also recognized Honorary Luncheon Chairs Mary and Roland Bandy.
Due to COVID-19, Juliette Fowler Communities recently announced that the 8th Annual Visionary Women Luncheon has been canceled.
“Protecting our luncheon attendees, supporters, sponsors, and award recipients is our first priority,” said Nicole Gann, president and CEO, Juliette Fowler Communities. “Unfortunately, this necessary step affects critical fundraising dollars for all organizations in this situation. Juliette Fowler Communities is so grateful for our sponsors and supporters and asks for their continued support during this unprecedented time.”
Presently Juliette Fowler Communities is working hard to keep its population of seniors safe from the pandemic.
“It’s a critical time for our most vulnerable community, and we are grateful for the cooperation we have received from family members and friends who are not allowed to visit loved ones as we work to maintain the well-being of our residents,” added Gann. “Additionally, if you can donate, your gifts are very important especially during this critical time.”
If you would like to support the residents at Juliette Fowler Communities, visit https://fowlercommunities.org/donate-now/; or call 214-818-0342.
About Juliette Fowler Communities
Juliette Fowler Communities is a faith-based, intergenerational community of residents at various life-stages. Located on 25 picturesque acres, Juliette Fowler Communities provides independent and assisted living, a Five-Star Quality Rated skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, memory care and affordable senior housing. As the only certified I’m Still Here® Center for Excellence in Dementia Care in Dallas and one of only three in Texas, Fowler’s program employs evidence-based techniques to adapt experiences to an individual’s cognitive abilities and strengths. It has also been named a Great Place to Work in the Aging Services Industry in 2018 and 2019. Additionally, on the grounds is The Ebby House, a residence for young women, ages 18-24, at risk for homelessness due to neglect, abuse, and aging out of the foster care system. The Ebby House program instills life skills and provides mentoring, health care, education, career guidance and job training. Additional services of Juliette Fowler Communities include foster and adoption services. Visit fowlercommunities.org or call 214.827.0813.