Bad Pants Fashion

Nurses, local TV news stars and the Perkins sextuplets dress up in crazy bad pants for a good cause

Nurses, TV stars and Perkins sextuplets wear bad pants for good cause

Third place winners at the Bad Pants Open kick-off party at Texas Children's Hospital
From left, Barbara Levy, Crystal Fruge, Morgan Pittman and Summer Calhoun. Photo by John R. Lewis
Three of the Perkins sextuplets play at the Bad Pants Open kickoff party at Texas Children's Hospital
Three of the Perkins sextuplets play at the Bad Pants Open kickoff party. Photo by Clifford Pugh
Texas Children's Hospital NICU nurse made sure her outfit reflected her job – Life Saver - at Bad Pant Open kick-off party
Lekeithia Francis is a lifesaver. Photo by John R. Lewis
Amanda and Ben Kopp
Amanda and Ben Kopp with daughter Cami. Photo by John R. Lewis
Melissa Wilson and Les Fox at Bad Pants Open kickoff party at Texas Children's Hospital
Fox 26's Melissa Wilson, right in camouflage pants with lace trim, presents Les Fox with a city proclamation. Photo by John R. Lewis
Winners at the Bad Pants Open kick-off party at Texas Children's Hospital
Jae Hernandex, center, Heather Cherry. right, and unidentified nurse show off their bad pants.   Photo by John R. Lewis
Participants in the Bad Pants Open kick-off party at Texas Children's Hospital
Patti Bondurant, second from right, and Texas Children's Hospital NICU nurses are proud of their bad pants. Photo by John R. Lewis
Four of the Perkins sextuplets at the Bad Pants Open kick-off party at Texas Children's Hospital
Several of the Perkins sextuplets are on the ropes at the Bad Pants Open kickoff party. Photo by John R. Lewis
CultureMap's Clifford Pugh judges the Bad Pants Open kick-off party at Texas Children's Hospital
CultureMap editor-in-chief Clifford Pugh, who judged the contest with Channel 13's Casey Curry and FOX 26's Melissa Wilson, talks with Barbara Levy and her golf team. Photo by John R. Lewis
Texas Children's Hospital NICU nurses take a short break from work with a few rounds of putt-putt at the Bad Pants Open kick-off party
During the judging, Texas Children's Hospital NICU nurses take a short break with a few rounds of putt-putt. Photo by John R. Lewis
One of the Perkins sextuplets shows off his puffy pants designed by mom Lauren at the Bad Pants Open kick-off party at Texas Children's Hospital.
One of the Perkins sextuplets shows off his puffy pants designed by mom Lauren. Photo by John R. Lewis
Third place winners at the Bad Pants Open kick-off party at Texas Children's Hospital
Three of the Perkins sextuplets play at the Bad Pants Open kickoff party at Texas Children's Hospital
Texas Children's Hospital NICU nurse made sure her outfit reflected her job – Life Saver - at Bad Pant Open kick-off party
Amanda and Ben Kopp
Melissa Wilson and Les Fox at Bad Pants Open kickoff party at Texas Children's Hospital
Winners at the Bad Pants Open kick-off party at Texas Children's Hospital
Participants in the Bad Pants Open kick-off party at Texas Children's Hospital
Four of the Perkins sextuplets at the Bad Pants Open kick-off party at Texas Children's Hospital
CultureMap's Clifford Pugh judges the Bad Pants Open kick-off party at Texas Children's Hospital
Texas Children's Hospital NICU nurses take a short break from work with a few rounds of putt-putt at the Bad Pants Open kick-off party
One of the Perkins sextuplets shows off his puffy pants designed by mom Lauren at the Bad Pants Open kick-off party at Texas Children's Hospital.

To bring attention to the upcoming 17th annual Bad Pants Open golf tournament, a team of nurses at Texas Children's Hospital Newborn Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit acted like Project Runway contestants in a competition to see who could make the best "bad" scrubs.

And, boy, were they bad.

KTRK's Casey Curry, FOX 26's Melissa Wilson and I had the fun task of judging the competition, which took place at Texas Children's Pavilion for Women, and, it turns out everyone was a winner in their bad pants. Among our favorites were Jae Hernandez's scrubs dotted with candy corn, Lekeithia Francis' scrubs covered with lifesavers (because that's what she is) and a team of four nurses in outrageous golf attire that would put Bill Murray and the guys from Caddyshack to shame.

Also dressing for the occasion were the Newborn Center's most famous graduates, the Perkins sextuplets, in bad pants that their mother, Lauren, designed and made. The toddlers were celebrating their two-year anniversary of arriving home after their long stay in the hospital's NICU unit.  

Amanda and Ben Copp, along with daughter, Cami, also dressed for occasion in flame-emblazoned pants. In a serious moment, the Copps recalled tense times when Cami was born three months early, but thanks to the good care during her 86-day stay in the NICU unit, she is now a thriving toddler. 

Not to be outdone in the bad pants department, Curry showed up in a pair of floral Bermuda shorts dripping in neon fringe, while Wilson wore camouflage cargo pants trimmed in lace and I had fun in a pair of jeans decorated with red maribou feathers.

The next edition of the Bad Pants Open golf tournament will take place Oct. 23 at the Clubs of Kingwood. The event has raised nearly $4 million for the Texas Children's Newborn Center since it was launched in 1997.

Wilson presented a proclamation from Mayor Annise Parker to Bad Pants Open committee member Les Fox of RBC Capital Markets/Wealth Management, the presenting sponsor of the tournament. Fox became involved with fundraising efforts after his twin daughters, born premature, were at the Texas Children's NICU. One daughter now works for the hospital.

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