What: UTHealth LIVE!
Where: Midtown Arts and Theatre Center Houston (MATCH).
The scoop: The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) had a lot celebrate at a party to thank donors and partners for contributing more than $110 million since last September, with three months remaining in the fiscal year.
Included in the total from 2,300 individuals and a host of charitable organizations is the John P. McGovern Foundation’s commitment of $75 million, the largest gift in the university’s history. The UT Medical School has been renamed in honor of John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern.
Other contributors include The Schissler Foundation Fellowship, the Memorial Hermann Foundation, the Elkins Foundation, New York Life Foundation, Houston Endowment, Inc., John S. Dunn Foundation, Episcopal Health Foundation, Hermann Eye Fund and The Vivian L. Smith Foundation.
Special guest Mark Summers, the renowned Canadian artist behind the award-winning branding campaign, "The Many Faces of UTHealth," discussed the inspiration for his art. A special gallery exhibition of Summers' work for the UTHealth campaign was on display. Guests also had a chance to win a custom portrait done in Summers' famous scratchboard style and UTHealth chair-elect Phil Ferguson was the winner.
The 130 guests dined on beef tenderloin carpaccio, risotto cakes with apricot chutney, mesquite smoked chicken breast, and minced ahi tuna tartare in a miniature corn taco, and, for dessert, a chocolate ganache truffle splashed with edible paint and lime basil bars served on a shortbread crust, all prepared by A Fare Extraordinaire.
Who: UTHealth president Dr. Giuseppe N. Colasurdo, UTHealth board chair Bob Graham and wife Annie, Sally and Joe Bridges, Gayl Carlberg, Russell and Diana Hawkins, Maria Pappas, Lanie Rose, Lisa Roy, Nancy Schissler and daughter Lynn Red, Mark Summers, Carol and Carl Vartian, Memorial Hermann Health System board chair Will Williams and wife Mary, Memorial Hermann Health System president and CEO Dr. Benjamin Chu, and Martha Wong.