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RECAP: 2016 11th Annual Beauty of Life Luncheon

Benefiting Hospice Austin

The 11th Annual Beauty of Life Luncheon was held the morning of October 21st at the JW Marriott. This event always brings a life affirming, positive and inspirational element to what is a very serious topic — end of life care.

Beauty of Life Event Chairs Robin Banister and Val Newberg
Beauty of Life Event Chairs Robin Banister and Val Newberg

The elegant and beautifully presented luncheon benefits Hospice Austin, a non-profit organization that provides end of life care to any person, regardless of complexity of illness, cost of care or the patient’s ability to pay.

Beauty of Life was emceed by Shannon Wolfson of KXAN, with presenting sponsors Lexus of Austin and Texas Oncology. This year’s keynote speakers were Lori and Wayne Earl, mother and father of Esther Earl, the bright and talented teenager who inspired the bestseller “The Fault in Our Stars.”

Joyce Schauberger and Amy Ashton with Hospice Austin’s Executive Director Marjorie Mulanax (center)

Esther’s parents shared excerpts from the compilation memoir, “This Star Won’t Go Out,” published to honor their late daughter who courageously fought, but ultimately lost a battle with thyroid cancer.

One notable quote from the book by Esther – “just be happy, and if you can’t be happy, do things that make you happy. Or do nothing with the people that make you happy” – captured the spirit of this event. It reminds us to appreciate life and find happiness sharing time with loved ones.

Shannon Wolfson of KXAN with Lori and Wayne Earl and elayne O’Keiff, Hospice Austin Board Chair

For this philanthropic Austin crowd, no doubt part of being happy comes in supporting organizations like Hospice Austin that have done so much for patients and families in need. The Beauty of Life luncheon was a wonderful reminder to live as fearlessly and adventurously as the brave teen Esther Earl.

Written by Jennifer Hoger

Jennifer Hoger

Jennifer Hoger is a Licensed Acupuncturist in both Texas and California. A health and wellness expert who comes from a long line of health practitioners, Jennifer takes great joy in empowering her patients to lead healthier lives. She is also a Yoga Works Certified Yoga teacher, having practiced yoga for the last 15 years, and an avid for-fun runner who loves the Austin Hike and Bike Trail. For more information visit:

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