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Houston power brokers turn out to honor Men of Distinction at River Oaks luncheon

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10 Dr. Sundararajah Thevananther, from left, Kathy and Paul Murphy and Dr. Richard Kellermayer at the Men of Distinction luncheon May 2014
Dr. Sundararajah Thevananther, from left, Kathy and Paul Murphy and Dr. Richard Kellermayer. Photo by © Kim Coffman
1 Adam Gracely, Craig Biggio, Dr Mark Kline at the Men of Distinction luncheon May 2014
Adam Gracely, from left, Craig Biggio and Dr. Mark Kline. Photo by © Kim Coffman
14 Estela and David Cockrell, from left, Janet and Ernie Cockrell and Stephanie and Ernie Cockrell at the Men of Distinction luncheon May 2014
Estela and David Cockrell, from left, Janet and Ernie Cockrell and Stephanie and Ernie Cockrell. Photo by © Kim Coffman
2 Alice and Keith Mosing at the Men of Distinction luncheon May 2014
Alice and Keith Mosing. Photo by © Kim Coffman
19 Ned and Kay Holmes at the Men of Distinction luncheon May 2014
Ned and Kay Holmes. Photo by © Kim Coffman
3 Anthony Villarreal, left, and Scott Evans at the Men of Distinction luncheon May 2014
Anthony Villarreal, left, and Scott Evans. Photo by © Kim Coffman
7 David Wuthich, from left, Paul Somerville, Tony Gracely and Ed McMahon at the Men of Distinction luncheon May 2014
David Wuthich, from left, Paul Somerville, Tony Gracely and Ed McMahon . Photo by © Kim Coffman
17 Helen Cooley Fraser and Dr. Charles Fraser at the Men of Distinction luncheon May 2014
Helen Cooley Fraser and Dr. Charles Fraser. Photo by © Kim Coffman
31 Penny and Paul Loyd, from left, and Shawna and Kelly Loyd at the Men of Distinction luncheon May 2014
Penny and Paul Loyd, from left, and Shawna and Kelly Loyd. Photo by © Kim Coffman
16 Harry and Cora Sue Mach at the Men of Distinction luncheon May 2014
Harry and Cora Sue Mach. Photo by © Kim Coffman
37 Steve Mach, from left, Jesse Tutor, Ned Holmes and Harry Mach at the Men of Distinction luncheon May 2014
Steve Mach, from left, Jesse Tutor, Ned Holmes and Harry Mach. Photo by © Kim Coffman
22 Jim and Shirley Dannenbaum at the Men of Distinction luncheon May 2014
Jim and Shirley Dannenbaum. Photo by © Kim Coffman
24 John Eads, left, and Brad Fish at the Men of Distinction luncheon May 2014
John Eads, left, and Brad Fish. Photo by © Kim Coffman
29 Michael Mithoff, left, and Richard Mithoff at the Men of Distinction luncheon May 2014
Michael Mithoff, left, and Richard Mithoff. Photo by © Kim Coffman
40 Welcome and Joanne Wilson, from left, with Don Jordan at the Men of Distinction luncheon May 2014
Welcome and Joanne Wilson, from left, with Don Jordan. Photo by © Kim Coffman
10 Dr. Sundararajah Thevananther, from left, Kathy and Paul Murphy and Dr. Richard Kellermayer at the Men of Distinction luncheon May 2014
1 Adam Gracely, Craig Biggio, Dr Mark Kline at the Men of Distinction luncheon May 2014
14 Estela and David Cockrell, from left, Janet and Ernie Cockrell and Stephanie and Ernie Cockrell at the Men of Distinction luncheon May 2014
2 Alice and Keith Mosing at the Men of Distinction luncheon May 2014
19 Ned and Kay Holmes at the Men of Distinction luncheon May 2014
3 Anthony Villarreal, left, and Scott Evans at the Men of Distinction luncheon May 2014
7 David Wuthich, from left, Paul Somerville, Tony Gracely and Ed McMahon at the Men of Distinction luncheon May 2014
17 Helen Cooley Fraser and Dr. Charles Fraser at the Men of Distinction luncheon May 2014
31 Penny and Paul Loyd, from left, and Shawna and Kelly Loyd at the Men of Distinction luncheon May 2014
16 Harry and Cora Sue Mach at the Men of Distinction luncheon May 2014
37 Steve Mach, from left, Jesse Tutor, Ned Holmes and Harry Mach at the Men of Distinction luncheon May 2014
22 Jim and Shirley Dannenbaum at the Men of Distinction luncheon May 2014
24 John Eads, left, and Brad Fish at the Men of Distinction luncheon May 2014
29 Michael Mithoff, left, and Richard Mithoff at the Men of Distinction luncheon May 2014
40 Welcome and Joanne Wilson, from left, with Don Jordan at the Men of Distinction luncheon May 2014

Ernie Cockrell, Dr. Charles Fraser, Ned Holmes and Paul Loyd — could there be a more potent and interesting collection of luncheon honorees? Not likely. At least not until the Men of Distinction annual luncheon at River Oaks Country Club where each year a handful of power elite and preeminent figures are applauded for their contributions to H-Town.

The four influentials mentioned above took their bows in the spotlight last week before a packed ballroom of heavy-hitters from all city ranks. Consider first of all the luncheon chair — Paul Murphy Jr., Cadence Bancorp CEO and Cadence Bank chairman. He led the event to record proceeds of more than $350,000.

Those funds will go directly to research programs led by Sundararajah Thevananther, PhD., at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Liver Center and by Dr. Richard Kellermayer of Texas Children's Hospital. Since the luncheon's inception eight years ago, the event has raised more than $2.5 million for entities in the Texas Medical Center.

That effort has been led by a steering committee that includes Harry Mach, Tony Gracely, David Wuthrich, Steve Mach, John Eads, Jess Tutor, Pat Burk, Ed McMahon, Michael Mithoff and Scott Evans, all of whom attended the fast-paced fundraiser.

KTRK Channel 13 morning news anchor Tom Koch filled the role of emcee as he has since the start of the Men of Distinction, which was organized as an outgrowth of sorts from the popular Women of Distinction awards.

The impressive turnout included Craig Biggio, Dr. John Mendelsohn, Ric Campo, John Daugherty, Butch Mach, David Soloman, Marty Goossen, Doug Schnitzer, Tad Brown, Don Jordan, Marc Shapiro, Welcome Wilson, Richard Mithoff and so many more.

The room was not entirely filled with suits for the softer side of the luncheon crowd included Kay Holmes, Helen Cooley Fraser, Janet Cockrell, Penny Loyd, Jan Duncan, Cora Sue Mach, Trish Morelli, Lisa Eads, Stephanie Cockrell, Estela Cockrell, Alice Mosing, Shawna Loyd, Shirley Dannenbaum and Joanne Wilson. 

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