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.