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Houstonians go big for NBA legend Shaquille O' Neal at massive event

Houstonians go big for NBA legend Shaquille O' Neal at massive event

Shaquile O' Neal and Matt Iseman
Shaquille O'Neal shares a laugh with host Matt Iseman.  Photo by Chinh Phan
Shaquile O' Neal Kristina Gutierrez and Brittany Hebert
Kristina Gutierrez and Brittany Hebert.  Photo by Chinh Phan
Shaquile O' Neal Honorary event chairs (L to R) Stephanie & Brad Tucker and Monica & Kevin King with Matt Iseman
Brad and Stephanie Tucker, Matt Iseman, and Monica and Kevin King.  Photo by Chinh Phan
Shaquile O' Neal and Matt Iseman FULL
O'Neal relives his draft day.  Photo by Chinh Phan
Shaquile O' Neal UH cheerleaders
The University of Houston cheerleaders kicked the event off with a special performance.  Photo by Chinh Phan
Shaquile O' Neal Texas Children’s Physician-in-Chief Mark W. Kline and Nancy Calles
Texas Children's physician-in-chief Mark W. Kline and Nancy Calles.  Photo by Chinh Phan
Shaquile O' Neal Event co-chair Julie Bergen, Texas Children’s Cancer Center Director Dr. David Poplack, Matt Iseman, Texas Children’s Hospital President and CEO Mark A. Wallace and event co-chair Kathy Zay
Event co-chair Julie Bergen, Texas Children's Cancer Center director Dr. David Poplack, Matt Iseman, Texas Children's Hospital president and CEO Mark A. Wallace, and event co-chair Kathy Zay. Photo by Chinh Phan
Shaquile O' Neal and Matt Iseman
Shaquile O' Neal Kristina Gutierrez and Brittany Hebert
Shaquile O' Neal Honorary event chairs (L to R) Stephanie & Brad Tucker and Monica & Kevin King with Matt Iseman
Shaquile O' Neal and Matt Iseman FULL
Shaquile O' Neal UH cheerleaders
Shaquile O' Neal Texas Children’s Physician-in-Chief Mark W. Kline and Nancy Calles
Shaquile O' Neal Event co-chair Julie Bergen, Texas Children’s Cancer Center Director Dr. David Poplack, Matt Iseman, Texas Children’s Hospital President and CEO Mark A. Wallace and event co-chair Kathy Zay

What: An Evening with a Legend, honoring Shaquille O’Neal

Where: Marriott Marquis Houston

The scoop: Nearly 500 guests enjoyed an unforgettable evening at the Marriott Marquis Houston for the 13th annual An Evening with a Legend event honoring Shaquille O’Neal. To kick off the night, the University of Houston cheerleaders rallied guests into the ballroom where they enjoyed a beautiful seated dinner, exciting “Slam Dunk” paddle raise and an intimate conversation with O’Neal.

Moderated by NBC’s American Ninja Warrior host Matt Iseman, guests were given an inside look at how O’Neal achieved incredible basketball accolades, as well as his success and unique journey off the court. His larger-than-life personality and powerful athleticism have made him a household name and legend in both sports and entertainment. His individual accomplishments include seven MVP awards, two scoring titles, 15 All-Star game selections and much more. O’Neal is one of only three players in history to win NBA MVP, All-Star game MVP and Finals MVP in the same year. He led his teams to four NBA Finals championships during his career and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016.

Co-chaired by Julie Bergen and Kathy Zay, the event raised over $700,000 for Texas Children’s Cancer Center. Monica and Kevin King, and Stephanie and Brad Tucker served as honorary chairs for the event.

Who: June and Dr. David Poplack, Mark A. Wallace, Dr. Mark W. Kline and Nancy Calles, Kathy Orton, Julie Bergen, Kathy Zay, Stephanie and Brad Tucker, Monica and Kevin King, Taahirah O'Neal, Arnetta Yardbourgh, Fran and Mark Lapidus, Gerald and Candi Glenn, Ned Torian, Brittany Hebert, Kristina Gutierrez, Trini Mendenhall, Judy and Bobby Shackouls.