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River Oaks luncheon raises a whopping $835,000 for volunteer endowment at cancer center

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2 Ashlee Brown, from left, Benton Love and Kathy and Jeff Love at the M.D. Anderson VEPS luncheon March 2014
Ashlee Brown, from left, Benton Love and Kathy and Jeff Love. Photo by F. Carter Smith
16 Yvonne Ziegler, left, and Celina Hellmund at the M.D. Anderson VEPS luncheon March 2014
Yvonne Ziegler, left, and Celina Hellmund. Photo by F. Carter Smith
5 Jeannie Frazier, from left, Dr. Ron DePinho and Dorothy Paterson at the M.D. Anderson VEPS luncheon March 2014
Jeannie Frazier, from left, Dr. Ron DePinho and Dorothy Paterson. Photo by F. Carter Smith
14 Regina Rogers, from left, Sarah Joseph. Ginger Blanton and Linda Gale White at the M.D. Anderson VEPS luncheon March 2014
Regina Rogers, from left, Sarah Joseph, Ginger Blanton and Linda Gale White. Photo by F. Carter Smith
7 Kathy Goosen, from left, Alice Burguieres and Denise Monteleone at the M.D. Anderson VEPS luncheon March 2014
Kathy Goosen, from left, Alice Burguieres and Denise Monteleone. Photo by F. Carter Smith
15 Susan French, from left, Maggi Suttles and JoAnn Ward at the M.D. Anderson VEPS luncheon March 2014
Susan French, from left, Maggi Suttles and JoAnn Ward. Photo by F. Carter Smith
13 Mel Klein, left, and Patrick Mulvey at the M.D. Anderson VEPS luncheon March 2014
Mel Klein, left, and Patrick Mulvey. Photo by F. Carter Smith
8 Kay Kanaby, from left, Kate Kanaby, Dr. Paul Mansfield and Christine Mansfield at the M.D. Anderson VEPS luncheon March 2014
Kay Kanaby, from left, Kate Kanaby, Dr. Paul Mansfield and Christine Mansfield. Photo by F. Carter Smith
6 Joyce and Mike Ahearn at the M.D. Anderson VEPS luncheon March 2014
Joyce and Mike Ahearn. Photo by F. Carter Smith
2 Ashlee Brown, from left, Benton Love and Kathy and Jeff Love at the M.D. Anderson VEPS luncheon March 2014
16 Yvonne Ziegler, left, and Celina Hellmund at the M.D. Anderson VEPS luncheon March 2014
5 Jeannie Frazier, from left, Dr. Ron DePinho and Dorothy Paterson at the M.D. Anderson VEPS luncheon March 2014
14 Regina Rogers, from left, Sarah Joseph. Ginger Blanton and Linda Gale White at the M.D. Anderson VEPS luncheon March 2014
7 Kathy Goosen, from left, Alice Burguieres and Denise Monteleone at the M.D. Anderson VEPS luncheon March 2014
15 Susan French, from left, Maggi Suttles and JoAnn Ward at the M.D. Anderson VEPS luncheon March 2014
13 Mel Klein, left, and Patrick Mulvey at the M.D. Anderson VEPS luncheon March 2014
8 Kay Kanaby, from left, Kate Kanaby, Dr. Paul Mansfield and Christine Mansfield at the M.D. Anderson VEPS luncheon March 2014
6 Joyce and Mike Ahearn at the M.D. Anderson VEPS luncheon March 2014
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Anyone who has been a patient or caregiver of a patient at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center knows how much the little things can mean — a warmed blanket, the soothing presence of an aquarium, educational materials explaining the journey. Many of those comforting amenities are provided through the Volunteer Endowment for Patient Support (VEPS).

That organization enjoyed a windfall at River Oaks Country Club on Wednesday when the annual luncheon raised $835,000. Special thanks to lead underwriters Rania and Jamal Daniel. Since its founding in 1991, VEPS has disbursed $2.2 million in interest-generated funds to programs aimed at improving the quality of cancer patients and their families. The focus of those programs includes social, emotional, recreational, educational and comfort needs of patients and their families.

Kathy and Jeff Love chaired the benefit which was attended by 400 supporters. In addition to the Loves, the program included remarks by M.D. Anderson president Dr. Ron DePinho, Volunteer Services director Susan French and keynote speaker Dr. Paul Mansfield, vice president of Acute Care Services and professor of surgical oncology.

Among those applauding the VEPS efforst were Regina Rogers, Benton Love, Ashlee Brown, Christine Mansfield, Kay Kanaby, Kate Kanaby, Mel Klein, Patrick Mulvy, Joyce and Mike Ahearn, Ginger Blanton, Sarah Joseph, Linda Gale White, Kathy Goossen, Alice Burguieres and Denise Monteleone.

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