Tabitha Honors Supporters at Annual Recognition Luncheon

Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, honored a select group of supporters who have given extraordinarily in the pursuit of outstanding, compassionate care for southeast Nebraska Elders. Those organizations and individuals were honored during Tabitha’s Into the Blue celebration held April 6 at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln.

The luncheon, celebrating Tabitha’s commitment to Elders in our community, honored a notable Tabitha employee, corporate supporter, church, local foundation and individual who have dedicated time, talent and treasure to Tabitha’s Christian mission of delivering innovative Elder Care services that promote the dignity, independence and well-being of older adults. Honored recipients were: Joyce Ebmeier, Runza National, Sheridan Lutheran Church, the Rupert Dunklau Foundation, and Dwayne and Sally Dietze of Lincoln.

The Character Award, honoring a Tabitha team member, was presented to Joyce Ebmeier, a member of the Tabitha team for over 35 years. Ebmeier has been instrumental in leading initiatives which provide innovative health care solutions for Elders across southeast Nebraska.

Runza National earned the Courageous Vision Award in honor of years of support to Tabitha Meals on Wheels and other projects. The annual “Runza Meals on Wheels Day” has become a loved tradition for the company who donates 600+ Runza sandwiches and Braeda cookies for all Tabitha Meals on Wheels recipients on one day.

Sheridan Lutheran Church of Lincoln earned the Compassion Award for more than sixty years in partnership with Tabitha. In addition to countless volunteer hours and congregational support, the church has adopted Tabitha’s Martha House, proving engaging experiences for residents and congregants alike.

The Rupert Dunklau Foundation of Fremont was presented with the Continuum Award, which recognizes an organization that understands the mission and purpose of Tabitha. The Dunklau Foundation has support Tabitha and the Elders served through gifts to Tabitha Meals on Wheels and capital update projects. Most recently, they generously supported Tabitha’s commitment to innovation with a gift to the next Green House® home on Tabitha’s Lincoln campus.

The Connection Award was presented to Dwayne and Sally Dietze of Lincoln The couple has supported Tabitha through countless hours of volunteerism including Sally’s dedication as a Tabitha Meals on Wheels volunteer, and Dwayne’s two terms on the Tabitha Foundation Board of Directors.

“Tabitha is honored to have such wonderful supporters,” says Christie Hinrichs, Tabitha president and CEO. “The commitment of organizations, like Runza, the Dunklau Foundation, Sheridan Lutheran Church, and dedicated individuals like Joyce Ebmeier and Dwayne and Sally Dietze allow our team to serve over 2,500 Elders each day.” 

More than 50% of Elders in Tabitha’s care rely on federal- and state-funded programs to pay for their health care needs. With funding for government programs in constant flux, the Tabitha Foundation works behind the scenes to ensure Elders continue to get the care they need and deserve. Donations to the Tabitha Foundation help provide loving support that is otherwise unaffordable to many Elders. For those we serve who are struggling financially, government-run reimbursement programs and their individual resources are not enough to cover the cost of care. Donations help to make up part of that shortfall.

Contact the Tabitha Foundation at or 402.486.8509 for more information about how you can help support our community’s Elders. 

As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, 103.3 FM or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at