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Courageous plastic surgeon inspires an $800,000 night at River Oaks Country Club

Courageous plastic surgeon inspires an $800,000 night in River Oaks

News, Shelby, Young Life, Chuck and Kim Watson, Dr. Gene Alford, Dorris and Terry Looper, Feb. 2015
Chuck and Kim Watson, from left, Dr. Gene Alford and Dorris and Terry Looper. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Mike and Misti Holley, left, Mark Montomery and Randolph Ewing at the Young Life dinner February 2015
Mike and Misti Holley, from left, Mark Montomery and Randolph Ewing. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Trudy and Tim McDermott at the Young Life dinner February 2015
Trudy and Tim McDermott. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Taylor Goodwine and Gray McCollough at the Young Life dinner February 2015
Taylor Goodwine and Gray McCollough. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Cynthia and James Miller at the Young Life dinner February 2015
Cynthia and James Miller. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Sam Smith, from left, Jim Smith Jr. and Bruce Phillips at the Young Life dinner February 2015
Sam Smith, from left, Jim Smith Jr. and Bruce Phillips. Photo by © Daniel Oritz
Nsen Buo, from left, Lou Ruiz and Katie Martin at the Young Life dinner February 2015
Nsen Buo, from left, Lou Ruiz and Katie Martin. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Mark and Maura Montgomery, from left, and Betty and Kent Bradshaw vat the Young Life dinner February 2015
Mark and Maura Montgomery, from left, and Betty and Kent Bradshaw. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Luke and Sarah Allen  at the Young Life dinner February 2015
Luke and Sarah Allen. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Emily McCarthy, left, and Lisa Mason at the Young Life dinner February 2015
Emily McCarthy, left, and Lisa Mason. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Cindy and Michael Burnett at the Young Life dinner February 2015
Cindy and Michael Burnett. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Young Life, Chuck and Kim Watson, Dr. Gene Alford, Dorris and Terry Looper, Feb. 2015
Mike and Misti Holley, left, Mark Montomery and Randolph Ewing at the Young Life dinner February 2015
Trudy and Tim McDermott at the Young Life dinner February 2015
Taylor Goodwine and Gray McCollough at the Young Life dinner February 2015
Cynthia and James Miller at the Young Life dinner February 2015
Sam Smith, from left, Jim Smith Jr. and Bruce Phillips at the Young Life dinner February 2015
Nsen Buo, from left, Lou Ruiz and Katie Martin at the Young Life dinner February 2015
Mark and Maura Montgomery, from left, and Betty and Kent Bradshaw vat the Young Life dinner February 2015
Luke and Sarah Allen  at the Young Life dinner February 2015
Emily McCarthy, left, and Lisa Mason at the Young Life dinner February 2015
Cindy and Michael Burnett at the Young Life dinner February 2015

What: Young Life's "Transforming Lives" dinner.

Where: River Oaks Country Club.

The 411: With Kim and Chuck Watson at the helm as chairs and Doris and Terry Looper as honorary chairs, the benefit raised more than $800,000 for the Christian-based program for young adults.

Inspiration for the giving came in no small part thanks to the talk by Dr. Gene Alford, world-renowned specialist in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.

In 2007, he suffered a spinal chord injury from a falling tree that left him paralyzed from the waist down. After 10 months in the hospital and grueling rehabilitation, Alford fought his way back to performing surgery and now operates from an electric wheelchair. He spoke on fear, family and faith and the world of possibilities that profound faith can present.

Who: Jaci and Jim Smith Jr., Jim Smith Sr., Bonnie Weekley, Holley and Tom Forney, Marisol and James Rockwell, Linda and Sam Bradshaw, Paula Walter and Karen and Wade Jones.