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Men of Distinction take over charity luncheon scene, raising millions for children's healthcare

Men of Distinction take over charity luncheon scene, raising millions

News, Shelby, Men of Distinction luncheon, May 2015, Harry Mach, John Riley, Dr. Bud Frazier, David Weekley
The honorees Harry Mach, from left, John Riley, Dr. Bud Frazier and David Weekley. Photo by Kim Coffman
News, Shelby, Men of Distinction, Phoebe  and Bobby Tudor, May 2015
Photo by Kim Coffman
News, Shelby, Men of Distinction kick-off, Feb. 2015 David Wuthrich, Ed McMahon
David Wuthrich, left, and Ed McMahon. Photo by Kim Coffman
News, Shelby, Men of Distinction, May 201, Paul Murphy, Jim Dannenbaum, Shirley Dannenbaum, Ric Campo
Paul Murphy, from left, Jim and Shirley Dannenbaum and Ric Campo. Photo by Kim Coffman
News, Shelby, Men of Distinction kick-off, Feb. 2015 Brett and Kathy Aldridge
Brett and Kathy Aldridge. Photo by Kim Coffman
News, Shelby, Men of Distinction kick-off, Feb. 2015 Jud Grady, Adam Gracely, Paul Loyd, John Havens
Jud Grady, from left, Adam Gracely, Paul Loyd and John Havens. Photo by Kim Coffman
News, Shelby, Men of Distinction luncheon, May 2015, Dr. Jon Tyson, Jared Howell, Susie Distefano
Dr. Jon Tyson, from left, Jared Howell and Susie Distefano. Photo by Kim Coffman
News, Shelby, Men of Distinction kick-off, Feb. 2015 Dr. Bud Frazier, Lester Smith
Dr. Bid Frazier, left, and Lester Smith. Photo by Kim Coffman
News, Shelby, Men of Distinction luncheon, May 2015, Paul Somerville, Kristina Somerville
Paul and Kristina Somerville. Photo by Kim Coffman
News, Shelby, Men of Distinction, May 201, Sami Shbeeb, Nino Shbeeb
Sami Shbeeb, left, and Nino Shbeeb. Photo by Kim Coffman
News, Shelby, Men of Distinction luncheon, May 2015, Adam Gracely, Tony Gracely, A.J. Gracely
Adam Gracely, from left, Tony Gracely and A.J. Gracely. Photos by Kim Coffman
News, Shelby, Men of Distinction kick-off, Feb. 2015 Danny Klaes, Jane Block
Danny Klaes and Jane Block. Photo by Kim Coffman
News, Shelby, Men of Distinction luncheon, May 2015, Steve Mach, Joella Mach, Harry Mach, Cora Sue Mach, Carmen Mach, Butch Mach
Photo by Kim Coffman
News, Shelby, Men of Distinction kick-off, Feb. 2015 Kelly Krohn, Susan Sarofim
Kelly Krohn, left, and Susan Sarofim. Photo by Kim Coffman
News, Shelby, Men of Distinction luncheon, May 2015, Patrick Riley, Beth St. Raymond, John Riley, Diane Riley, Lizabeth Riley, Thomas Riley
Patrick Riley, from left, Beth St. Raymond, John Riley, Diane Riley, Lizabeth Riley and Thomas Riley. Photo by Kim Coffman
News, Shelby, Men of Distinction luncheon, May 2015, Dr. David Weekley, Bonnie Weekley
David and Bonnie Weekley. Photo by Kim Coffman
News, Shelby, Men of Distinction luncheon, May 2015, Harry Mach, John Riley, Dr. Bud Frazier, David Weekley
News, Shelby, Men of Distinction, Phoebe  and Bobby Tudor, May 2015
News, Shelby, Men of Distinction kick-off, Feb. 2015 David Wuthrich, Ed McMahon
News, Shelby, Men of Distinction, May 201, Paul Murphy, Jim Dannenbaum, Shirley Dannenbaum, Ric Campo
News, Shelby, Men of Distinction kick-off, Feb. 2015 Brett and Kathy Aldridge
News, Shelby, Men of Distinction kick-off, Feb. 2015 Jud Grady, Adam Gracely, Paul Loyd, John Havens
News, Shelby, Men of Distinction luncheon, May 2015, Dr. Jon Tyson, Jared Howell, Susie Distefano
News, Shelby, Men of Distinction kick-off, Feb. 2015 Dr. Bud Frazier, Lester Smith
News, Shelby, Men of Distinction luncheon, May 2015, Paul Somerville, Kristina Somerville
News, Shelby, Men of Distinction, May 201, Sami Shbeeb, Nino Shbeeb
News, Shelby, Men of Distinction luncheon, May 2015, Adam Gracely, Tony Gracely, A.J. Gracely
News, Shelby, Men of Distinction kick-off, Feb. 2015 Danny Klaes, Jane Block
News, Shelby, Men of Distinction luncheon, May 2015, Steve Mach, Joella Mach, Harry Mach, Cora Sue Mach, Carmen Mach, Butch Mach
News, Shelby, Men of Distinction kick-off, Feb. 2015 Kelly Krohn, Susan Sarofim
News, Shelby, Men of Distinction luncheon, May 2015, Patrick Riley, Beth St. Raymond, John Riley, Diane Riley, Lizabeth Riley, Thomas Riley
News, Shelby, Men of Distinction luncheon, May 2015, Dr. David Weekley, Bonnie Weekley

For the ninth consecutive year, the gents took over the charity luncheon scene with the always successful, always inspiring Men of Distinction fundraiser at River Oaks Country Club. The $360,000 raised on Wednesday brought the total secured over the years for medical initiatives for children to more than $3 million.

It was applause, applause for the four honorees, recognized for their community leadership and professional successes — Dr. Bud Frazier, Harry Mach, John Riley and David Weekley. With Mothers' Day only a few days following the fundraiser, it was particularly poignant that each honoree credited his wife and children as meaningful partners in that success.

Proceeds from the luncheon were earmarked for research being conducted by Jared Howell, Master of Science in the Orthotics and Prosthetics Program at Baylor College of Medicine; Dr. Jon Tyson, professor of medicine and public health at UTHealth; and Dr. David Sandberg, director of pediatric neurosurgery at Children’s Memorial Hermann, UTHealth and co-director of the pediatric brain tumor program at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.  

Bobby Tudor chaired the luncheon that each year is emceed by KTRK Channel 13 morning news anchor Tom Koch, a talent that keeps the program rolling so that everyone departs on schedule at 1 p.m.

Men of Distinction leadership welcoming guests were president David Wuthrich and steering committee members including Ed McMahon, Lisa Kennedy, Steve Mach, Michael Mithoff, Paul Murphy, John Eads and Paul Somerville.

The luncheon crowd of more than 300 certainly had more suits than designer frocks but there were enough ladies on hand to keep the day balanced. The heavy-hitter gathering included Don Jordan, Ric Campo, Phoebe Tudor, John Havens, Tara Wuthrich, Lester Smith, Dr. Jim Willerson, Mimi Swartz, Brenda and Marc Watts, Carmen and Butch Mach, Katherine Murphy, Kristina Somerville, Dr. Paul Klotman and representatives from Houston Area Lexus Dealers, who are major underwriters of the luncheon.

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