A political power broker, a philanthropist, a distinguished doctor and a successful businessman — four Houston community leaders have been named to the highly-regarded Men of Distinction fraternity, their names announced at a cocktail reception in the River Oaks home of Jan Duncan.
Ned Holmes, Ernie Cockrell, Dr. Chuck Fraser and Paul Loyd, respectively, have been named 2014 honorees. They will be in the spotlight at the eighth annual Men of Distinction luncheon to be held at River Oaks Country Club on May 7. Also on the welcoming committee were members of the Houston Area Lexus Dealers, presenting sponsors of the luncheon.
Men of Distinction committee members and luncheon chair Paul Murphy welcomed an impressive coterie of supporters to the announcement party. Among them were Pete Coneway, Zane and Brady Carruth, John Havens, Shirley and Jim Dannenbaum and Steve Susman.
Committee members oversee distribution of funds raised at the annual luncheon ($7 million since its inception) to clinician/research scientist partnerships in the Texas Medical Center. Members on hand for the announcement included Harry Mach, Tony Gracely, David Wuthrich, Steve Mach, Ed McMahon, Paul Somerville, Michael Mithoff, Lisa Kennedy and John Eads.
Congratulating the honorees were guests including Alice and Keith Mosing, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Penny Loyd, Helen Cooley Fraser, Ginni and Richard Mithoff, Diane Lokey Farb, Astrid and Gene Van Dyke and Margaret Williams with Jim Daniel.