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Retired SEAL, bestselling author Marcus Luttrell electrifies Medical Center crowd

Retired SEAL, bestselling author electrifies Medical Center crowd

Navy SEAL bestselling author Marcus Luttrell
Retired SEAL, bestselling author Marcus Luttrell.  Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Amber Carter, Kayleigh Lamphere, Dr. Allison Edwards, Bianca Maciel, and Belle MacFarlane
Amber Carter, Kayleigh Lamphere, Dr. Allison Edwards, Bianca Maciel, and Belle MacFarlane. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Judy Jackson, Dean Lorraine Frazier, Stacie Fernandez, and Charis Cox
Judy Jackson, Dean Lorraine Frazier, Stacie Fernandez, and Charis Cox.  Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Dionne Breen and Jennifer Sanner
Dionne Breen and Jennifer Sanner.  Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Chris Rowland and Katie Thompson
Chris Rowland and Katie Thompson.  Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Navy SEAL bestselling author Marcus Luttrell
Amber Carter, Kayleigh Lamphere, Dr. Allison Edwards, Bianca Maciel, and Belle MacFarlane
Judy Jackson, Dean Lorraine Frazier, Stacie Fernandez, and Charis Cox
Dionne Breen and Jennifer Sanner
Chris Rowland and Katie Thompson

What: The Partners Spring Luncheon

Where: River Oaks Country Club

The scoop: The Partners Chair Trish Greaser, and Co-Chairs Charis Cox, Stacie Fernandez, and Judy Jackson welcomed over 300 Partners members and guests to the River Oaks Country Club to raise more than $180,000 for Jane and Robert Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth student scholarships and faculty endowments.

Luncheon guests were inspired by the stories of heroism and survival from keynote speaker Marcus Luttrell, retired Navy SEAL and New York Times bestselling author of Lone Survivor. Luttrell, a Texas native, shared the harrowing story of four Navy SEALs who journeyed into the mountainous border of Afghanistan and Pakistan on Operation Redwing. The book (and subsequent major motion picture) is a moving tribute to his friends and teammates who did not make it off the mountain.

“Our primary goal is to support Cizik School of Nursing and their efforts in educating tomorrow’s nurses,” says Trish Greaser, Partners chair. “Thanks to the amazing work that our members have done, this year’s luncheon raised an incredible amount of money in support of student scholarships, faculty research grants, and endowments for the school.”

Partners was organized in 1994 to support and encourage the students and faculty of Cizik School of Nursing, and raises funds through the Circle of Support, the Spring Luncheon, and other special events to provide nursing scholarships and faculty research grants. This year’s honoree and long-time Cizik School of Nursing supporter was the John S. Dunn Foundation. 

Who: UTHealth School of Nursing Dean Lorraine Frazier; UTHealth Development Board Chair Phil Ferguson; John S. Dunn Foundation President Charles M. Lusk III; Trish Greaser; Charis Cox, Stacie Fernandez and Judy Jackson; Jane and Paula Cizik; Margaret Ann Barnett; Dionne Breen; Jason Fertitta; Nanette Finger; Judith Fred; Clare Attwell Glassell; Susan Hansen; Judy Margolis; Adrian Melissinos; Dorothy T. Nicholson; Maria Pappas; Diane Riley; Ann Gordon Trammell; and Jeanette Woods.