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Major music act's private concert at private club serves as big thank you to powerful Houston donors

Major music act's private concert at a private club's a big thank you

Dr. Jerry Wolinsky, from left, Clay Walker, Melanie Lawson and Dr. Giuseppe Colasurdo at UTHealthLIVE! April 2015
Dr. Jerry Wolinsky, from left, Clay Walker, Melanie Lawson and Dr. Giuseppe Colasurdo. Photo by David Shutts
Kathy O'Neil, from left, Phil Ferguson and Marsha Parker at UTHealthLIVE! April 2015
Kathy O'Neil, from left, Phil Ferguson and Marsha Parker. Photo by David Shutts
Diane and Bill Campbell at UTHealthLIVE! April 2015
Diane and Bill Campbell. Photo by David Shutts
Mary and Will Williams at UTHealthLIVE! April 2015
Mary and Will Williams. Photo by David Shutts
Bill Kimball, from left, Linda Wells and Suzan and Julius Glickman at UTHealthLIVE! April 2015
Bill Kimball, from left, Linda Wells and Suzan and Julius Glickman. Photo by David Shutts
Don Sanders and Jan Duncan at UTHealthLIVE! April 2015
Don Sanders and Jan Duncan. Photo by David Shutts
Clay Walker performing at UTHealthLIVE! April 2015
Clay Walker on stage. Photo by David Shutts
Anne and John Brent at UTHealthLIVE! April 2015
Anne and John Brent. Photo by David Shutts
Becky and Ralph O'Connor at UTHealthLIVE! April 2015
Becky and Ralph O'Connor. Photo by David Shutts
Annie and Bob Graham at UTHealthLIVE! April 2015
Annie and Bob Graham. Photo by David Shutts
Pat and Dee Osborne at UTHealthLIVE! April 2015
Pat and Dee Osborne. Photo by David Shutts
Guitars at UTHealthLIVE! April 2015
Instruments at the ready. Photo by David Shutts
Dr. Jerry Wolinsky, from left, Clay Walker, Melanie Lawson and Dr. Giuseppe Colasurdo at UTHealthLIVE! April 2015
Kathy O'Neil, from left, Phil Ferguson and Marsha Parker at UTHealthLIVE! April 2015
Diane and Bill Campbell at UTHealthLIVE! April 2015
Mary and Will Williams at UTHealthLIVE! April 2015
Bill Kimball, from left, Linda Wells and Suzan and Julius Glickman at UTHealthLIVE! April 2015
Don Sanders and Jan Duncan at UTHealthLIVE! April 2015
Clay Walker performing at UTHealthLIVE! April 2015
Anne and John Brent at UTHealthLIVE! April 2015
Becky and Ralph O'Connor at UTHealthLIVE! April 2015
Annie and Bob Graham at UTHealthLIVE! April 2015
Pat and Dee Osborne at UTHealthLIVE! April 2015
Guitars at UTHealthLIVE! April 2015

What: UTHealth LIVE! concert featuring Clay Walker.

Where: A private country club on the edge of Memorial Park.

The 411: The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston celebrated its most generous donors with a lavish picnic-style dinner followed by the concert. During the evening, UTHealth president Dr. Giuseppe N. Colasurdo presented the country singer with the UTHealth Medal of Distinction. Walker was recognized for his efforts at advancing the UTHealth mission through his philanthropy, community outreach and advocacy.

Walker was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 17 years ago and thanks to treatment led by UTHealth neurologist Dr. Jerry Wolinsky, Walker is in remission. He founded the nonprofit Band Against MS which supports MS research, including research at UTHealth.

Also an MS patient, emcee Melanie Lawson, KTRK Channel 13 news anchor, shared her story of living with the disease for more than 20 years.

Who: Dede and Connie Weil, Don Sanders, Cathy Brock, Anne and John Brent, Susie and Larry Johnson, Diane and Bill Campbell, Marilyn and Marvin Lummis, Hetta and Jesse Heath, Mary Hale McLean and Lainie Gordon and David Mincberg.