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Leisa Holland-Nelson and Robert Davenport at the Community Immunity Spring Luncheon April 2014
Leisa Holland-Nelson and Robert Davenport. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Julie and Trey Comiskey at the Community Immunity Spring Luncheon April 2014
Julie and Trey Comiskey. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Debbie Martinez, from left, Vidal Martinez, Dr. Vesta Richardson, Barbara Richardson and Anna Dragsbaek at the Community Immunity Spring Luncheon April 2014
Debbie Martinez, from left, Vidal Martinez, Dr. Vesta Richardson, Barbara Richardson and Anna Dragsbaek. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Gwen and Ed Emmett at the Community Immunity Spring Luncheon April 2014
Gwen Emmett and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Drs. Marc and Julie Boom at the Community Immunity Spring Luncheon April 2014
Drs. Marc and Julie Boom. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein and Martin Fein at the Community Immunity Spring Luncheon April 2014
Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein and Martin Fein. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Dr. Eric Haufrect and Joyce Haufrect at the Community Immunity Spring Luncheon April 2014
Dr. Eric Haufrect and Joyce Haufrect. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Barbara Richardson, from left, Dr. Vesta Richardson, Jacquelyn Cox and Anna Dragsbaek at the Community Immunity Spring Luncheon April 2014
Barbara Richardson, from left, Dr. Vesta Richardson, Jacquelyn Cox and Anna Dragsbaek. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Leisa Holland-Nelson and Robert Davenport at the Community Immunity Spring Luncheon April 2014
Julie and Trey Comiskey at the Community Immunity Spring Luncheon April 2014
Debbie Martinez, from left, Vidal Martinez, Dr. Vesta Richardson, Barbara Richardson and Anna Dragsbaek at the Community Immunity Spring Luncheon April 2014
Gwen and Ed Emmett at the Community Immunity Spring Luncheon April 2014
Drs. Marc and Julie Boom at the Community Immunity Spring Luncheon April 2014
Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein and Martin Fein at the Community Immunity Spring Luncheon April 2014
Dr. Eric Haufrect and Joyce Haufrect at the Community Immunity Spring Luncheon April 2014
Barbara Richardson, from left, Dr. Vesta Richardson, Jacquelyn Cox and Anna Dragsbaek at the Community Immunity Spring Luncheon April 2014

What: The Immunization Partnership's fifth annual "Community Immunity" spring luncheon.

Where: At River Oaks Country Club.

The 411: Kim Cotner David, Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein and Dr. Lindy Upton McGee chaired the luncheon that featured guest speaker Joe Lastinger, who lost his 3-year-old daughter to the flu prior to the time when flu vaccines were recommended for all children. On a happier note, the luncheon honored former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, his wife Barbara Richardson and his sister Dr. Vesta Richardson with the Ralph D. Feigin, M.D. Award for Excellence, the three recognized for championing immunization education and their vaccine advocacy for preventable diseases.

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and Gwen Emmett were honored with the John R. Boettiger, Jr. Award for Community Partnership. Serving as honorary chairs of the luncheon were Debbie and Vidal Martinez.

Who: Faces in the crowd included Susan Feigin Harris, Michelle Boettiger, Jacquelyn Cox, Leisa Holland-Nelson and Robert Davenport, Flo McGee, Whitney Walsh, Drs. Julie and Mark Boom. 

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