Matt Lauer has a long history in Palm Beach County, where his father lived at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens and where a hospice wing of a hospital once was named in his honor.
From 1998 through 2008, Lauer sponsored golf tournaments locally in his father’s name to raise money for Hospice of Palm Beach County. The organization cared for his father at the end of his life. For several years, JFK Medical Center in Atlantis had a wing named the Jay Robert Lauer Hospice & Palliative Care Unit. It closed in 2014.
“I can’t tell you how many people write me or stop me on the street or in a restaurant and tell me of their connection to Hospice of Palm Beach County,” Lauer told the Palm Beach Daily News in November 2010.
“They’ll say, ‘My mom went through the same Hospice center that’s named after your dad.’ This becomes a part of your life and not just a gig you show up for. That’s why I’m still here.”
Lauer was dismissed early Wednesday by NBC’s “Today,” where he’d been the program’s longtime host.