The Big Bend Hospice organization celebrated its 30th anniversary Saturday night at the Golf Club of Quincy. The event also commemorated and honored the life and memory of Dr. Jessie Furlow and the many contributions that she made to the communities and citizens of Gadsden County. Dr. Furlow served as an Associate Medical Director for Big Bend Hospice for more than ten years.
Dr. Furlow practiced medicine in Gadsden County for 24 years, serving as vice president of the North Florida Medical Center and medical director of the Gadsden Medical Center, among many other positions both civic and professional, states her bio.
Willard Rudd was also honored for his dedication, hard work and service rendered to Big Bend Hospice and the communities in Gadsden County. “He’s the recipient of the council’s 2013 Distinguished Helping Hands Award,” said event chair Vicki Muse Johnson.
Sterling DuPont, the night’s emcee, said Rudd is who he thinks about when he thinks about faith, family, friends and pride.
A buffet supper went along with the two gifted entertainment shows: a “Little Bit of Mexico” and “Tallahassee Nights Live Band.” The event included silent and live auctions. Well over 100 people attended the fundraiser dinner.
After thanking the council and hospice staffs, Muse Johnson went on to say, “We thank the staff of Big Bend Hospice in Gadsden County for their assistance. Words cannot express our appreciation for the hard-working members of the Dr. Jessie Furlow Memorial Benefit Committee. You are awesome! This year’s event would not have come to fruition without your dedication and perseverance.”
“We have been touched by your generosity and in return we can continue to touch the lives of those individuals in Gadsden County who are in need of Hospice care,” Muse Johnson said.