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$100 million donors to cancer research get surprise of their life at gala

$100 million donors to cancer research get mega surprise at gala

Komen Foundation Gala, Feb. 2016, Lester Smith, Sue Smith, Shelly Hendry, Brian Hendry
Lester Smith, Sue Smith, Shelly Hendry, Brian Hendry. Photo by Jacob Power
Komen Foundation Gala, Feb. 2016, Trish Hayes, Andrew Hayes
Trish Hayes, Andrew Hayes. Photo by Jacob Power
Komen Foundation Gala, Feb. 2016, Lucia Dargam, Tadeo Diaz
Professional ballroom dancers Lucia Dargam and Tadeo Diaz entertain at the Komen Foundation gala. Photo by Jacob Power
Komen Foundation Gala, Feb. 2016, Judy Smith, Glenn Smith
Judy Smith, Glenn Smith.  Photo by Jacob Power
Komen Foundation Gala, Feb. 2016, Tricia Georgiou, Tricia Georgiou
Tricia Georgiou, Panos Georgiou Photo by Jacob Power
Komen Foundation 25th Gala, Feb. 2016, Jane Parker, Ed Parker
Jane Parker, Ed Parker.  Photo by Jacob Power
Komen Foundation Gala, Feb. 2016, Sandra Torres, Molly Bobrow, Brenda Pattillo
Sandra Torres, Molly Bobrow, Brenda Pattillo. Photo by Jacob Power
Komen Foundation 25th Gala, Feb. 2016, Jonathan Brinsden, Carrie Brinsden
Jonathan Brinsden, Carrie Brinsden. Photo by Jacob Power
Komen Foundation 25th Gala, Feb. 2016,  Dr. Michelle Ludwig, John Goodrich
Dr. Michelle Ludwig, John Goodrich. Photo by Jacob Power
Komen Foundation 25th Gala, Feb. 2016, Dr. Mothaffar, Lara Rimawi
Dr. Mothaffar Rimawi, Lara Rimawi. Photo by Jacob Power
Komen Foundation Gala, Feb. 2016, Stephen Marmion, Jane Marmion
Stephen Marmion, Jane Marmion. Photo by Jacob Power
Komen Foundation Gala, Feb. 2016, Gayle McMorrow, Dorothy Gibbons, Marsha Eckermann
Gayle McMorrow, Dorothy Gibbons, Marsha Eckermann. Photo by Jacob Power
Komen Foundation Gala, Feb. 2016, Lester Smith, Sue Smith, Shelly Hendry, Brian Hendry
Komen Foundation Gala, Feb. 2016, Trish Hayes, Andrew Hayes
Komen Foundation Gala, Feb. 2016, Lucia Dargam, Tadeo Diaz
Komen Foundation Gala, Feb. 2016, Judy Smith, Glenn Smith
Komen Foundation Gala, Feb. 2016, Tricia Georgiou, Tricia Georgiou
Komen Foundation 25th Gala, Feb. 2016, Jane Parker, Ed Parker
Komen Foundation Gala, Feb. 2016, Sandra Torres, Molly Bobrow, Brenda Pattillo
Komen Foundation 25th Gala, Feb. 2016, Jonathan Brinsden, Carrie Brinsden
Komen Foundation 25th Gala, Feb. 2016,  Dr. Michelle Ludwig, John Goodrich
Komen Foundation 25th Gala, Feb. 2016, Dr. Mothaffar, Lara Rimawi
Komen Foundation Gala, Feb. 2016, Stephen Marmion, Jane Marmion
Komen Foundation Gala, Feb. 2016, Gayle McMorrow, Dorothy Gibbons, Marsha Eckermann

Seldom will you find oilman/philanthropist Lester Smith at a loss for words. But that's exactly what happened Saturday night when his daughter, Shelly Hendry, presented him the Lifetime of Hope Award at the 25th anniversary gala of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Sue and Lester Smith were honorees on the night full of surprises including the award presentation, which brought Lester — and then the entire Omni Hotel ballroom — to tears. The couple earned a standing ovation from the gathering of more than 350. Henceforth, the award will be known as the Lester and Sue Smith Lifetime of Hope Award.

Through the Lester and Sue Smith Foundation, the couple has granted more than $100 million to organizations fighting cancer. They have established numerous clinics bearing their names including the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine, Smith Clinic at Harris Health System, and Smith Clinic at Texas Children’s Cancer Center. And they have provided more than their share of fun in the fundraising process.

Key players on the evening included gala chairs Jane and Ed Parker and Judy and Glenn Smith and co-chairs Tricia and Panos Georgiou, Trish and Andrew Hayes, and Jane and Stephen Marmion. Khambrel Marshall of KPRC Local 2 and Melissa Wilson of FOX 26 served as emcees.

The night's entertainment included a stirring dance routine by professional ballroom dancers Lucia Dargan and Tadeo Diaz, and dancing for everyone to the sounds of the David Caceres orchestra.

Joining the celebration were Komen president and CEO Dr. Judith Salerno, Komen Houston executive director Dr. Adriana M. Higgins, Brian Hendry, Dr. Kent Osborn, Drs. Mary and Paul Klotman, Cynthia and Tony Petrello, Diane and John Riley, Ann Cazalot, and Agnes and Dr. Gabriel Hortobagyi.

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