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Bad to the bone fundraiser: Bikers and black ties add up to $5.4 million for Baylor College

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Baylor College of Medicine Gala, April 2013, Earl Dyke, Sarah Dyke
Chairs Earl and Sarah Dyke at the Baylor College of Medicine Partnership gala. Photo by Pete Baatz
Baylor College of Medicine Gala, April 2013, Lloyd Kirchner, Amy Waldorf
Lloyd Kirchner and Amy Waldorf in motorcycle garb at the Baylor College of Medicine Partnership gala. Photo by Pete Baatz
Baylor College of Medicine Gala, April 2013, Betty Hrncir, John Hrncir
Betty and John Hrncir at the Baylor College of Medicine Partnership gala. Photo by Pete Baatz
Baylor College of Medicine Gala, April 2013, Joann Crassas, Laura Ward, Carol Sawyer
Joann Crassas, from left, Laura Ward and Carol Sawyer at the Baylor College of Medicine Partnership gala. Photo by Pete Baatz
Baylor College of Medicine Gala, April 2013, Matt Way, Molly Flannigan
Matt Way and Molly Flannigan at the Baylor College of Medicine Partnership gala. Photo by Pete Baatz
Baylor College of Medicine Gala, April 2013, Jim Pearson, Megan Bickel
Jim Pearson and Megan Bickel at the Baylor College of Medicine Partnership gala. Photo by Pete Baatz
Baylor College of Medicine Gala, April 2013, Berdon Lawrence, Rolanette Lawrence, Dr. Brendan Lee
Honorees Berdon and Rolanette Lawrence, left, with Dr. Brendan Lee at the Baylor College of Medicine Partnership gala. Photo by Pete Baatz
Baylor College of Medicine Gala, April 2013, Amy Aulbach
Amy Aulbach at the Baylor College of Medicine Partnership gala. Photo by Pete Baatz
Baylor College of Medicine Gala, April 2013, Alice Butrum, Herb Butrum
Alice and Herb Butrum at the Baylor College of Medicine Partnership gala. Photo by Pete Baatz
Baylor College of Medicine Gala, April 2013, Harry Gendel, Diane Gendel
Harry and Diane Gendel at the Baylor College of Medicine Partnership gala. Photo by Pete Baatz
Baylor College of Medicine Gala, April 2013, James Haddox, Connie Haddox
James and Connie Haddox at the Baylor College of Medicine Partnership gala. Photo by Pete Baatz
Baylor College of Medicine Gala, April 2013, Earl Dyke, Sarah Dyke
Baylor College of Medicine Gala, April 2013, Lloyd Kirchner, Amy Waldorf
Baylor College of Medicine Gala, April 2013, Betty Hrncir, John Hrncir
Baylor College of Medicine Gala, April 2013, Joann Crassas, Laura Ward, Carol Sawyer
Baylor College of Medicine Gala, April 2013, Matt Way, Molly Flannigan
Baylor College of Medicine Gala, April 2013, Jim Pearson, Megan Bickel
Baylor College of Medicine Gala, April 2013, Berdon Lawrence, Rolanette Lawrence, Dr. Brendan Lee
Baylor College of Medicine Gala, April 2013, Amy Aulbach
Baylor College of Medicine Gala, April 2013, Alice Butrum, Herb Butrum
Baylor College of Medicine Gala, April 2013, Harry Gendel, Diane Gendel
Baylor College of Medicine Gala, April 2013, James Haddox, Connie Haddox

For all the frivolity of the Baylor College of Medicine Partnership gala theme, "Bad to the Bone, Bikers and Black Ties," serious money — $5.4 million and change — was raised for the school's Skeletal Medicine Research and Patient Care Initiatives.

Applause, applause for chairs Sarah and Earl Dyke and honorees Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence, the latter of whom made a major matching gift that took the gala proceeds to that astronomical level. The honorees have been longtime BCM supporters and have a program at the school named in their honor.

The Bayou City Event Center was scene of the mega/playful fundraiser that had some guests dressing in biker garb and temporary tattoos while most kept to the black-tie mode. Yes, amid the ladies in ball gowns and guys in tuxes, there was a measurable number of guests in motorcycle jackets and biker boots.

Among the 500 revelers were Dr. Brendan Lee, whose department is gala beneficiary, plus Dr. Paul Klotman, partnership president Doe Florsheim and Henry Florsheim, Trini Mendenhall Sosa and Frank Sosa, Connie and James Haddox, Joann and Bill Crassas, Laura Ward and Carol Sawyer

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