Philanthropy Notes

Legendary newsman Tom Brokaw ensures Dallasites give big to dignified nonprofit

Legendary newsman ensures Dallasites give big to dignified nonprofit

Katherine Krause, Tom Brokaw, Meredith Land
Katherine Krause, Tom Brokaw, Meredith Land Photo courtesy of VNA
Carrie Fabris, Kate McClendon
Carrie Fabris, Kate McClendon Photo courtesy of VNA
Phyllis Elmore, Victor Elmore
Phyllis Elmore, Victor Elmore Photo courtesy of VNA
Caroline Rose Hunt, Robert Brackbill
Caroline Rose Hunt, Robert Brackbill Photo courtesy of VNA
Mary McDermott Cook, Tom Brokaw, Lyda Hill
Mary McDermott Cook, Tom Brokaw, Lyda Hill Photo courtesy of VNA
Peggy Millheiser, Dave Millheiser
Peggy Millheiser, Dave Millheiser Photo courtesy of VNA
Lori Whitlow, Warren Whitlow
Lori Whitlow, Warren Whitlow Photo courtesy of VNA
Bess Enloe, Ted Enloe
Bess Enloe, Ted Enloe Photo courtesy of VNA
Tom Brokaw
Tom Brokaw Photo courtesy of VNA
Katherine Krause, Tom Brokaw, Meredith Land
Carrie Fabris, Kate McClendon
Phyllis Elmore, Victor Elmore
Caroline Rose Hunt, Robert Brackbill
Mary McDermott Cook, Tom Brokaw, Lyda Hill
Peggy Millheiser, Dave Millheiser
Lori Whitlow, Warren Whitlow
Bess Enloe, Ted Enloe
Tom Brokaw

What: VNA Legends & Leaders Luncheon 2015

Where: Hilton Anatole

The 411: Award-winning journalist Tom Brokaw was the keynote speaker for VNA’s annual luncheon, appropriately dubbed Legends & Leaders. “We wanted a speaker who is a legend in his own right, and we were thrilled to have the wonderful opportunity to host Mr. Brokaw,” said VNA president and CEO Katherine Krause.

Charitable Dallas guests as distinguished as the speaker himself headed for the Hilton Anatole to hear the man best known as the anchor of NBC Nightly News reflect on his storied and award-winning career. Brokaw has an impressive list of firsts — the first interview with Mikhail Gorbachev, the first network report on human rights abuses in Tibet accompanied by an exclusive interview with the Dalai Lama, the only American network anchor to report from Berlin the night the Berlin Wall came down — and he is the author of several books. In his latest, A Lucky Life Interrupted, he reflects on his struggle with myeloma and coming to terms with his own mortality.

The springtime event raked in $625,000 for VNA Hospice Care and VNA Meals on Wheels programs that allow our elderly, ill and disabled neighbors to age with dignity at home.

Who: Bess and Ted Enloe, Caroline Rose Hunt, Robert Brackbill, Sonja Blumoff Pagan, Kate McClendon, Phyllis and Victor Elmore, Mary McDermott Cook, Lyda Hill, Sally and Forrest Hoglund, Linda and Jay Barlow, Angie and Marshall Brackbill, and Jan and Al McClendon.