Patriotic evening

Two ex-presidents, a media blackout and a sellout crowd add up to $1.2 million for major hospital

Ex-presidents, media blackout & sellout crowd add up to $1.2 million

2 George W. Bush, left, and Bob Schieffer at An Evening with a Legend February 2015
Former President George W. Bush, left, on stage at the Hilton Americas-Houston with Bob Schieffer. Photo by © John R. Lewis
1 Dr. Mark Kline, from left, George W. Bush and Dr. David Poplack at An Evening with a Legend February 2015
Dr. Mark Kline, from left, former President George W. Bush and Dr. David Poplack. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
56 Lynn Baird, from left, Flo Crady, Emily Crosswell and Ned Torian at An Evening with a Legend February 2015
Dinner chairs Lynn Baird, from left, Flo Crady, Emily Crosswell and Ned Torian. Photo by © John R. Lewis
24 Sue and Lester Smith at An Evening with a Legend February 2015
Sue and Lester Smith. Photo by © John R. Lewis
32 Carolyn Light, left, with John and Kim Klevenhagen at An Evening with a Legend February 2015
Carolyn Light, left, with John and Kim Klevenhagen. Photo by © John R. Lewis
25 Melissa and Brad Juneau at An Evening with a Legend February 2015
Melissa and Brad Juneau. Photo by © John R. Lewis
46 Lisa and Jerry Simon at An Evening with a Legend February 2015
Lisa and Jerry Simon. Photo by © John R. Lewis
54 Yellow rose centerpieces at the venue at An Evening with a Legend February 2015
Yellow rose centerpieces give a patriotic nod to Texas history. Photo by © John R. Lewis
39 Steve and Laura McNear, left, and Stephen and Kasey Keller at An Evening with a Legend February 2015
Steve and Laura McNear, left, and Stephen and Kasey Keller. Photo by © John R. Lewis
30 Sam and Melinda Stubbs at An Evening with a Legend February 2015
Sam and Melinda Stubbs. Photo by © John R. Lewis
29 Carol and Phil Garner at An Evening with a Legend February 2015
Carol and Phil Garner. Photo by © John R. Lewis
12 Cindy and Les Fox at An Evening with a Legend February 2015
Cindy and Les Fox. Photo by © John R. Lewis
19 Newt and Shelley Barineau, from left, and Mary and Jim Chandler at An Evening with a Legend February 2015
Newt and Shelley Barineau, from left, and Mary and Jim Chandler. Photo by © John R. Lewis
50 A popular favorite with President Bush is the “Texas Trash” from Susie’s South Forty Confectioners in Midland at An Evening with a Legend February 2015
A popular favorite with Bush is the “Texas Trash” from Susie’s South Forty Confectioners in Midland. Photo by © John R. Lewis
6 Dorothy Ables, from left, Mickey Ables and Kathryn Wilson at An Evening with a Legend February 2015
Dorothy and Mickey Ables, left, with Kathryn Wilson. Photo by © John R. Lewis
38 Judi McGee, left, and Sidney Faust at An Evening with a Legend February 2015
Judi McGee, left, and Sidney Faust. Photo by © John R. Lewis
37 Dain and Shannon Drake at An Evening with a Legend February 2015
Dain and Shannon Drake. Photo by © John R. Lewis
57 Members of the Houston Fire Department Honor Guard at An Evening with a Legend February 2015
Members of the Houston Fire Department Honor Guard. Photo by © John R. Lewis
52 A hat adorned with "W" to reflect the event’s honoree at An Evening with a Legend February 2015
A hat adorned with "W" to reflect the event’s honoree. Photo by © John R. Lewis
2 George W. Bush, left, and Bob Schieffer at An Evening with a Legend February 2015
1 Dr. Mark Kline, from left, George W. Bush and Dr. David Poplack at An Evening with a Legend February 2015
56 Lynn Baird, from left, Flo Crady, Emily Crosswell and Ned Torian at An Evening with a Legend February 2015
24 Sue and Lester Smith at An Evening with a Legend February 2015
32 Carolyn Light, left, with John and Kim Klevenhagen at An Evening with a Legend February 2015
25 Melissa and Brad Juneau at An Evening with a Legend February 2015
46 Lisa and Jerry Simon at An Evening with a Legend February 2015
54 Yellow rose centerpieces at the venue at An Evening with a Legend February 2015
39 Steve and Laura McNear, left, and Stephen and Kasey Keller at An Evening with a Legend February 2015
30 Sam and Melinda Stubbs at An Evening with a Legend February 2015
29 Carol and Phil Garner at An Evening with a Legend February 2015
12 Cindy and Les Fox at An Evening with a Legend February 2015
19 Newt and Shelley Barineau, from left, and Mary and Jim Chandler at An Evening with a Legend February 2015
50 A popular favorite with President Bush is the “Texas Trash” from Susie’s South Forty Confectioners in Midland at An Evening with a Legend February 2015
6 Dorothy Ables, from left, Mickey Ables and Kathryn Wilson at An Evening with a Legend February 2015
38 Judi McGee, left, and Sidney Faust at An Evening with a Legend February 2015
37 Dain and Shannon Drake at An Evening with a Legend February 2015
57 Members of the Houston Fire Department Honor Guard at An Evening with a Legend February 2015
52 A hat adorned with "W" to reflect the event’s honoree at An Evening with a Legend February 2015

Despite the media not being allowed to cover President George W. Bush's conversation with venerable newsman Bob Schieffer, Texas Children's Cancer Center was able to shout from the rooftops the great success of its annual "An Evening With a Legend." 

The fundraiser at the Hilton Americas-Houston was attended by a sellout crowd of more than 1,100 and raised $1.2 million.

We can report that the light-hearted conversation between Bush and Schieffer touched on his young years growing up in Midland, reflections on life in one of America's best known political families and his relatively recent venture into painting. In a nod to those Midland beginnings, the fried chicken and filet of beef dinner concluded with “Texas Trash” from Susie’s South Forty Confectioners in Midland, one of Forty-three's favorites.

 Kline noted that in its first decade, the event had raised more than $47 million for Texas Children's. 

The patriotic evening began with a presentation of the colors by the Houston Fire Department Honor Guard, followed by singing of the national anthem and "America the Beautiful" by the Texas A&M Singing Cadets. Adding a Lone Star patriotic note to the event were the yellow rose centerpieces.

Forty-three's proud parents, former President George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush, were among those introduced by the evening's emcee Dr. Mark Kline, physician-in-chief of Texas Children's Hospital. 

Kline noted that in its first decade, the event had raised more than $47 million for Texas Children's, the largest pediatric cancer and blood disease center in the United States. Applause, applause for long-time chairs Emily Crosswell, Ned Torian, Lynn Baird and Flo Crady. Serving as honorary chairs were Carolyn and David Light, Susan and David Light and Melissa and Mano DeAyala.

Texas Children's supporters included Dorothy and Mickey Ables, Sue and Lester Smith, Dr. David Poplack, Carol and Phil Garner, Jan Duncan, Melinda and Sam Stubbs, Maria and Neil Bush, Kim and John Klevenhagen, Lisa and Jerry Simon, Carol and Mike Lynn and Soraya and Scott McClelland.

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