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Three Houston Rockets, 1,600 guests and $2.5 million in the bank — this gala scores big

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Dana and Trey Strake and Mary and John Eads with Memorial Hermann Foundation CEO Ileana Treviso and husband Michael at the Memorial Hermann Gala April 2014
Trey and Dana Strake, from left, Michael and Ileana Trevino and Mary and John Eads. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
3 Arthur and Philamena Baird, from left, and Lori and Dan Wolterman at the Memorial Hermann Gala April 2014
Arthur and Philamena Baird, from left, and Lori and Dan Wolterman. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Sue and Lester Smith at the Memorial Hermann Gala April 2014
Lester and Sue Smith. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
17 Suzy and Kyle Stanzel at the Memorial Hermann Gala April 2014
Suzy and Kyle Stanzel. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
Floral arrangements and table setting at the Memorial Hermann Gala April 2014
Floral arrangements and table setting. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
Bobetta and Bill Lindig at the Memorial Hermann Gala April 201
Bobetta and Bill Lindig. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
16 Annie Rupani, left, and Sara Loeb at the Memorial Hermann Gala April 2014
Annie Rupani, left, and Sara Loeb. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
Rufus and Yvonne Cormier at the Memorial Hermann Gala April 2014
Rufus and Yvonne Cormier. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
11 Omri Casspi, from left, Arvia Few, Donatas Motiejunas and Jason Few at the Memorial Hermann Gala April 2014
Omri Casspi, from left, Arvia Few, Donatas Motiejunas and Jason Few. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
8 Jim and Sherry Smith at the Memorial Hermann Gala April 2014
Jim and Sherry Smith. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
4 Keith and Alice Mosing at the Memorial Hermann Galal April 2014
Keith and Alice Mosing. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Arvia and Jason Few, Janet Gurwitch and Ron Franklin, Soraya and Scott McClelland at the Memorial Hermann Gala April 2014
Arvia and Jason Few, from left, Janet Gurwitch, Ron Franklin and Soraya and Scott McClelland. Courtesy photo
7 Anat and Jay Zeidman at the Memorial Hermann Gala April 2014
Anat and Jay Zeidman. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
5 Carl Josehart, left, and Sam Jacobson at Memorial Hermann Gala April 2014
Carl Josehart, left, and Sam Jacobson. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
18 Ann and Timmy Le at the Memorial Hermann Gala April 2014
Ann and Timmy Le. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
12 Shawn and Jake Hallsted at the Memorial Hermann Gala April 2014
Shawn and Jake Hallsted. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
9 Jason Nuckols, from left, Courtney Arning and Mike Paredes at the Memorial Hermann Gala April 2014
Jason Nuckols, from left, Courtney Arning and Mike Paredes. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
2 Shekeria and Tim Whitaker at the Memorial Hermann Gala April 2014
Shekeria and Tim Whitaker. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
1 Michael Trevino and April White at the Memorial Hermann Gala April 2014
Michael Trevino and April White. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
Dana and Trey Strake and Mary and John Eads with Memorial Hermann Foundation CEO Ileana Treviso and husband Michael at the Memorial Hermann Gala April 2014
3 Arthur and Philamena Baird, from left, and Lori and Dan Wolterman at the Memorial Hermann Gala April 2014
Sue and Lester Smith at the Memorial Hermann Gala April 2014
17 Suzy and Kyle Stanzel at the Memorial Hermann Gala April 2014
Floral arrangements and table setting at the Memorial Hermann Gala April 2014
Bobetta and Bill Lindig at the Memorial Hermann Gala April 201
16 Annie Rupani, left, and Sara Loeb at the Memorial Hermann Gala April 2014
Rufus and Yvonne Cormier at the Memorial Hermann Gala April 2014
11 Omri Casspi, from left, Arvia Few, Donatas Motiejunas and Jason Few at the Memorial Hermann Gala April 2014
8 Jim and Sherry Smith at the Memorial Hermann Gala April 2014
4 Keith and Alice Mosing at the Memorial Hermann Galal April 2014
Arvia and Jason Few, Janet Gurwitch and Ron Franklin, Soraya and Scott McClelland at the Memorial Hermann Gala April 2014
7 Anat and Jay Zeidman at the Memorial Hermann Gala April 2014
5 Carl Josehart, left, and Sam Jacobson at Memorial Hermann Gala April 2014
18 Ann and Timmy Le at the Memorial Hermann Gala April 2014
12 Shawn and Jake Hallsted at the Memorial Hermann Gala April 2014
9 Jason Nuckols, from left, Courtney Arning and Mike Paredes at the Memorial Hermann Gala April 2014
2 Shekeria and Tim Whitaker at the Memorial Hermann Gala April 2014
1 Michael Trevino and April White at the Memorial Hermann Gala April 2014

Thousands and thousands of red roses set the colorful tone for the Memorial Hermann Foundation "Red and Wild" gala while Wayne Foster Entertainment provided the musical antics that ignited the frolicsome partying. In the end, however, it was the dinero that was the most impressive element of the night — $2.5 million raised.

Those proceeds from the annual Circle of Life Gala, held at the Hilton Americas-Houston, are earmarked for Memorial Hermann heart and vascular programs. With that in mind, there could not have been more fitting honorees than devoted Memorial Hermann supporters Philamena and Arthur Baird, both of whom have undergone heart surgery at the hospital. As Philamena said in remarks to the gathering of 1,600, "It is because of the care I received from the committed staff at Memorial Hermann’s Heart & Vascular Institute that I am alive."

Applause, applause for gala chairs Mary and John Eads and Dana and Trey Strake. Both of the ladies wore red as did many of the women in attendance, a fashion move that created something of a Valentine's tableau and, indeed, it was a heart ball of sorts. Key Memorial Hermann players on the scene included president and CEO Dan Wolterman with wife Lori and Memorial Hermann Foundation CEO Ileana Trevino and husband Michael.

Before night's end, a clutch of Houston Rockets arrived to help with the announcement that Rockets owner Leslie Alexander and the team will co-chair the 2015 Circle of Life gala. Houston Rockets CEO Tad Brown escorted the towering Donatas Motiejunas, Omri Casspi and Patrick Beverley, fresh from a victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.

The party crowd included Arvia and Jason Few, JoLynn and Gregg Falgout, Cathy and Giorgio Borlenghi, Sue and Lester Smith, Alice and Keith Mosing, Soraya and Scott McClelland, Sheridan and John Eddie Williams, Donna and Tony Vallone, Elizabeth and Will Galtney and Gary Petersen.

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