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Powerhouse Houston couple keeps giving and giving — and gets their name on a Texas Children's building

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9728 Dr. David Poplack, from left, with Sue and Lester Smith at the Lester and Sue Smith Clinic dedication at Texas Children's Hospital May 2014
Dr. David Poplack, from left, with Sue and Lester Smith. Photo by © Wilson Parish
9758 Ned Torian, from left, Shelley Barineau and Dr. Will Parsons at the Lester and Sue Smith Clinic dedication at Texas Children's Hospital May 2014
Ned Torian, from left, Shelley Barineau and Dr. Will Parsons. Photo by © Wilson Parish
9590 Patrick DeClaire, left, and Caleb Cook at the Lester and Sue Smith Clinic dedication at Texas Children's Hospital May 2014
Patrick DeClaire, left, and Caleb Cook. Photo by © Wilson Parish
9595 Dr. David Poplack, left, and Mark A. Wallace at the Lester and Sue Smith Clinic dedication at Texas Children's Hospital May 2014
Dr. David Poplack, left, and Mark A. Wallace. Photo by © Wilson Parish
9550 Lynne Baird, left, and Flo Crady at the Lester and Sue Smith Clinic dedication at Texas Children's Hospital May 2014
Lynne Baird, left, and Flo Crady. Photo by © Wilson Parish
9726 Lester and Sue Smith at the Lester and Sue Smith Clinic dedication at Texas Children's Hospital May 2014
Lester and Sue Smith. Photo by © Wilson Parish
9523 Harry and Cora Sue Mach at the Lester and Sue Smith Clinic dedication at Texas Children's Hospital May 2014
Harry and Cora Sue Mach. Photo by © Wilson Parish
9546 Anita Kruse, left, and Trish Morille at the Lester and Sue Smith Clinic dedication at Texas Children's Hospital May 2014
Anita Kruse, left, and Trish Morille. Photo by © Wilson Parish
9527 Laurie and Chris DeClaire with their son, Patrick at the Lester and Sue Smith Clinic dedication at Texas Children's Hospital May 2014
Laurie DeClaire, from left, Patrick DeClaire and Chris DeClaire. Photo by © Wilson Parish
9728 Dr. David Poplack, from left, with Sue and Lester Smith at the Lester and Sue Smith Clinic dedication at Texas Children's Hospital May 2014
9758 Ned Torian, from left, Shelley Barineau and Dr. Will Parsons at the Lester and Sue Smith Clinic dedication at Texas Children's Hospital May 2014
9590 Patrick DeClaire, left, and Caleb Cook at the Lester and Sue Smith Clinic dedication at Texas Children's Hospital May 2014
9595 Dr. David Poplack, left, and Mark A. Wallace at the Lester and Sue Smith Clinic dedication at Texas Children's Hospital May 2014
9550 Lynne Baird, left, and Flo Crady at the Lester and Sue Smith Clinic dedication at Texas Children's Hospital May 2014
9726 Lester and Sue Smith at the Lester and Sue Smith Clinic dedication at Texas Children's Hospital May 2014
9523 Harry and Cora Sue Mach at the Lester and Sue Smith Clinic dedication at Texas Children's Hospital May 2014
9546 Anita Kruse, left, and Trish Morille at the Lester and Sue Smith Clinic dedication at Texas Children's Hospital May 2014
9527 Laurie and Chris DeClaire with their son, Patrick at the Lester and Sue Smith Clinic dedication at Texas Children's Hospital May 2014

What: Dedication of the newly renovated Lester and Sue Smith Clinic at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers.

Where: At Texas Children's Hospital.

The 411: Generous philanthropists and dynamic ball chairs Lester and Sue Smith were in the spotlight at the clinic dedication that included a serenade by a young cancer survivor, proclamations from the mayor and governor and reading of letters of congratulations and praise from Bob Schieffer, Robert Duvall and President George H. W. Bush. The Smiths chaired back-to-back galas benefiting Texas Children's Cancer Center in 2011 and 2012 that combined raised $41 million, thanks to the couple's dollar for dollar match.

The dedication ceremony celebrated the Smiths' commitment to supporting genomic research at Texas Children’s to advance treatments and find a cure for childhood cancers.

Who: Texas Children's CEO Mark Wallace, cancer center director Dr. David Poplack, medical director of the long term survivor clinic Dr. ZoAnn Dreyer, City Councilwoman Ellen Cohen, Flo Crady, Cora Sue and Harry Mach, Holcombe Crosswell, Ned Torian, Shelly Barineau, Lynn Baird, Marie Bosarge and Dr. Paul Klotman.

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