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Deborah Lee-Eddie, from left, Lisa Niemi Swayze and Kim Tutcher at the St. Luke's Friends of Nursing luncheon April 2014
Deborah Lee-Eddie, from left, Lisa Niemi Swayze and luncheon chair Kim Tutcher. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Mike Curran and Veronica Selinko-Curran at the St. Luke's Friends of Nursing luncheon April 2014
Mike Curran and  Veronica Selinko-Curran. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Sherry Serio, from left, Christie Sullivan, Kendall Ondarza and Millette Sherman at the St. Luke's Friends of Nursing luncheon April 2014
Sherry Serio, from left, Christie Sullivan, Kendall Ondarza and Millette Sherman. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Valerie Dietrich, left, Lindley Arnoldy at the St. Luke's Friends of Nursing luncheon April 2014
Valerie Dietrich, left, Lindley Arnoldy. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Rita Madden, from left, Judy Margolis, Patsy Fourticq and Jane Fourticq at the St. Luke's Friends of Nursing luncheon April 2014
Rita Madden, from left, Judy Margolis, Patsy Fourticq and Jane Fourticq. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
NAME, from left, Michelle Hevrdejs and  Donna Vallone at the St. Luke's Friends of Nursing luncheon April 2014
Gaye Kelsey, from left, Michelle Hevrdejs and Donna Vallone. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Linda Anderson, left, and Karen Selleck at the St. Luke's Friends of Nursing luncheon April 2014
Linda Anderson, left, and Karen Selleck. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Kelly Larkin and Wayne Keathley at the St. Luke's Friends of Nursing luncheon April 2014
Kelly Larkin and Wayne Keathley. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Karen Myers at the St. Luke's Friends of Nursing luncheon April 2014
Karen Myers. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Brenda Durio at the St. Luke's Friends of Nursing luncheon April 2014
Brenda Durio. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Donna Bruni, left, and Bobbie Nau at the St. Luke's Friends of Nursing luncheon April 2014
Donna Bruni, left, and Bobbie Nau. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Cyndy Garza-Roberts, left, and Susan Krohn at the St. Luke's Friends of Nursing luncheon April 2014
Cyndy Garza-Roberts, left, and Susan Krohn. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Ed Haapaniemi, left, and Albert DePrisco at the St. Luke's Friends of Nursing luncheon April 2014
Ed Haapaniemi, left, and Albert DePrisco. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Deborah Lee-Eddie, from left, Lisa Niemi Swayze and Kim Tutcher at the St. Luke's Friends of Nursing luncheon April 2014
Mike Curran and Veronica Selinko-Curran at the St. Luke's Friends of Nursing luncheon April 2014
Sherry Serio, from left, Christie Sullivan, Kendall Ondarza and Millette Sherman at the St. Luke's Friends of Nursing luncheon April 2014
Valerie Dietrich, left, Lindley Arnoldy at the St. Luke's Friends of Nursing luncheon April 2014
Rita Madden, from left, Judy Margolis, Patsy Fourticq and Jane Fourticq at the St. Luke's Friends of Nursing luncheon April 2014
NAME, from left, Michelle Hevrdejs and  Donna Vallone at the St. Luke's Friends of Nursing luncheon April 2014
Linda Anderson, left, and Karen Selleck at the St. Luke's Friends of Nursing luncheon April 2014
Kelly Larkin and Wayne Keathley at the St. Luke's Friends of Nursing luncheon April 2014
Karen Myers at the St. Luke's Friends of Nursing luncheon April 2014
Brenda Durio at the St. Luke's Friends of Nursing luncheon April 2014
Donna Bruni, left, and Bobbie Nau at the St. Luke's Friends of Nursing luncheon April 2014
Cyndy Garza-Roberts, left, and Susan Krohn at the St. Luke's Friends of Nursing luncheon April 2014
Ed Haapaniemi, left, and Albert DePrisco at the St. Luke's Friends of Nursing luncheon April 2014

What: St. Luke's Foundation 25th anniversary Friends of Nursing luncheon.

Where: River Oaks Country Club.

The 411: Actress and author Lisa Niemi Swayze spoke about her book, Worth Fighting for: Love, Loss and Moving Forward, and her experiences caring for Patrick Swayze, her husband of 34 years, as he battled pancreatic cancer for the gathering 300 guests. Kim Tutcher chaired the luncheon that raised $240,000 for continuing education for nurses. The inaugural St. Luke’s Friends of Nursing Betty Trotter Award for Excellence was presented to Brenda Durio, who practiced nursing at St. Luke's for more than 40 years.

Who: The faithful Friends of Nursing supporters included Swayze's fiance Albert DePrisco, Dr. Veronica Selinko-Curran, Dan Tutcher, Patsy Fourticq, Donna Vallone, Christie Sullivan, Susan Hansen, Evelyn Howell,  Sidney Faust, Sandy Barrett, Tricia Dewhurst, Bobbie Nau and Karen Myers, vice president and chief nursing officer, wearing a vintage nurse's uniform.

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