Trellis Supportive Care Attracts a Thousand to its Living Your Best Life Luncheon

Submitted on Monday September 30th, 2019

Trellis Supportive Care Attracts a Thousand to its Living Your Best Life Luncheon to hear Mary Matalin, James Carville and Ann Compton

Piedmont/Triad, NC – Trellis Supportive Care, formerly Hospice & Palliative CareCenter, drew a crowd of 1,000 to their annual Living Your Best Life Luncheon on Wednesday, September 25 at the Benton Convention Center. This year’s speakers were internationally known political icons and strategists, Mary Matalin, James Carville, and Ann Compton.

Compton led an enriching conversation between Matalin and Carville, covering many of the questions attendees had submitted. Amidst a global conversation about civil discourse in today’s news and political scene were several personal anecdotes and laugh out loud moments. Among them were stories about parenting, the happenings on September 11, 2001, and a closing remark from Carville that was a message about the road back to constructive engagement. Carville’s message was surprisingly simple; be nice.

In addition to bringing these internationally known speakers to the region, event organizers from Trellis Supportive Care, and their presenting sponsor, Dewey’s Bakery are thrilled each year to spotlight a local person who exemplifies the theme of the event; living your best life. Trellis Supportive Care’s President and CEO, Linda Darden and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Michael Lalor presented this year’s Living Your Best Life Leadership Award to Jeff Smith. Many know Smith as the creator and publisher of Smitty’s Notes.

“I know I speak for thousands of your fans when I say thank you for what your contributions, connections, and welcoming spirit have brought to our community. You’re not only an icon – you’re also an inspiration,” shared Darden as she presented the award. Many in attendance know Smith as the source for news about the happenings and events in the Triad. Yet many in the audience may not have known that Smith has worked alongside community leaders, making huge contributions to the growth of downtown Winston-Salem with a hand in many key initiatives that have made the city the popular and innovative hub it has become today. Smith is also living his best life even as he faces the challenges of Multiple Sclerosis. Smith humbly accepted the Living Your Best Life Leadership Award with his closest friends and family looking on.

In his closing remarks, Dr. Michael Lalor announced that Mitch Albom, author of Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven will be the speaker at the 2020 Living Your Best Life Luncheon.