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M.D. Anderson treks to the Rockies for science and society in Aspen friendraising sojourn

M.D. Anderson treks to the Rockies for science and socializing sojourn

News, Shelby, M.D.Anderson in Aspen, July 2015, Barbara Hines, Dr. Ron DePinho
Party host Barbara Hines and M.D. Anderson chief Dr. Ron DePinho. Photo by Shondia Houtzer
News, Shelby, M.D.Anderson in Aspen, July 2015, Marcy Taub, Mindy Hildebrand, Jana Arnoldy, Yvonne Ziegler, Dr. Lynda Chin
Marcy Taub, from left, Mindy Hildebrand, Jana Arnoldy, Yvonne Ziegler and Dr. Lynda Chin. Photo by Shondia Houtzer
News, Shelby, M.D.Anderson in Aspen, July 2015, George Lancaster, Denise Monteleone, Jim Martin
George Lancaster, from left, Denise Monteleone and Jim Martin. Photo by Shondia Houtzer
News, Shelby, M.D.Anderson in Aspen, July 2015, Joelle Rogers, Linda Fields, Regina Rogers
Guests gather along the riverside for the annual Anderson fete. Photo by Shondia Houtzer
News, Shelby, M.D.Anderson in Aspen, July 2015, Brian McCullough, Estela Cockrell, Tracy and Valerie Dietrich
Brian McCulough, from left, Estela Cockrell, and Tracy and Valerie Dieterich. Photo by Shondia Houtzer
News, Shelby, M.D.Anderson in Aspen, July 2015, Sandra and Mark Manela
Sandra and Mark Manela. Photo by Shondia Houtzer
News, Shelby, M.D.Anderson in Aspen, July 2015, Sverre and Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl
Sverre and Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl. Photo by Shondia Houtzer
News, Shelby, M.D.Anderson in Aspen, July 2015, Rick and Claire Thielke, Lesha and Tom Elsenbrook, Jack Blanton, Jr.  Cookie and Saloman Schein
Rick Thielke, from left, Claire Cormier Thielke, Lesha and Tom Elsenbrook and Jack Blanton, Jr.  Photo by Shondia Houtzer
News, Shelby, M.D.Anderson in Aspen, July 2015, Cookie and Saloman Schein
Cookie and Saloman Schein. Photo by Shondia Houtzer
News, Shelby, M.D.Anderson in Aspen, July 2015, Joelle Rogers, Linda Fields, Regina Rogers
Joelle Rogers, from left, Linda Fields and Regina Rogers. Photo by Shondia Houtzer
News, Shelby, M.D.Anderson in Aspen, July 2015, Nancy Dunlap, Dr. Ron DePinho, Clint and Nancy Carlson
Nancy Dunlap, from left, Dr. Ron DePinho and Clint and Nancy Carlson. Photo by Shondia Houtzer
News, Shelby, M.D.Anderson in Aspen, July 2015, Ann and Alan Feld
Ann and Alan Feld. Photo by Shondia Houtzer
News, Shelby, M.D.Anderson in Aspen, July 2015, David Kudish, Rufus Cormier, Leslie Blanton, Jeff and Ann Dykes
David Kudish, from left, Rufus Cormier, Leslie Blanton, Jeff and Ann Dykes. Photo by Shondia Houtzer
News, Shelby, M.D.Anderson in Aspen, July 2015, Annette Klein and Judy Margolis
Annette Klein, left, and Judy Margolis. Photo by Shondia Houtzer
News, Shelby, M.D.Anderson in Aspen, July 2015
Gourmet fare tempting at the Hines party for M.D. Anderson. Photo by Shondia Houtzer
News, Shelby, M.D.Anderson in Aspen, July 2015
Hydrangeas in shades of blue and gray part of the decor. Photo by Shondia Houtzer
News, Shelby, M.D.Anderson in Aspen, July 2015, Barbara Hines, Dr. Ron DePinho
News, Shelby, M.D.Anderson in Aspen, July 2015, Marcy Taub, Mindy Hildebrand, Jana Arnoldy, Yvonne Ziegler, Dr. Lynda Chin
News, Shelby, M.D.Anderson in Aspen, July 2015, George Lancaster, Denise Monteleone, Jim Martin
News, Shelby, M.D.Anderson in Aspen, July 2015, Joelle Rogers, Linda Fields, Regina Rogers
News, Shelby, M.D.Anderson in Aspen, July 2015, Brian McCullough, Estela Cockrell, Tracy and Valerie Dietrich
News, Shelby, M.D.Anderson in Aspen, July 2015, Sandra and Mark Manela
News, Shelby, M.D.Anderson in Aspen, July 2015, Sverre and Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl
News, Shelby, M.D.Anderson in Aspen, July 2015, Rick and Claire Thielke, Lesha and Tom Elsenbrook, Jack Blanton, Jr.  Cookie and Saloman Schein
News, Shelby, M.D.Anderson in Aspen, July 2015, Cookie and Saloman Schein
News, Shelby, M.D.Anderson in Aspen, July 2015, Joelle Rogers, Linda Fields, Regina Rogers
News, Shelby, M.D.Anderson in Aspen, July 2015, Nancy Dunlap, Dr. Ron DePinho, Clint and Nancy Carlson
News, Shelby, M.D.Anderson in Aspen, July 2015, Ann and Alan Feld
News, Shelby, M.D.Anderson in Aspen, July 2015, David Kudish, Rufus Cormier, Leslie Blanton, Jeff and Ann Dykes
News, Shelby, M.D.Anderson in Aspen, July 2015, Annette Klein and Judy Margolis
News, Shelby, M.D.Anderson in Aspen, July 2015
News, Shelby, M.D.Anderson in Aspen, July 2015

What better place to take the pulse of philanthropy in summer than in the hallowed hills of Aspen? With a good portion of Houston's most generous citizens perched in the chichi resort for weeks and months on end, the place is ripe for making friends and inspiring donors.

M.D. Anderson has been making the journey for 17 years, presenting a state-of-cancer care seminar and welcoming supporters and friends from across the country to a cocktail buffet hosted by Barbara and Gerald Hines. The lawn of the couple's home on the banks of the Roaring Fork River is an ideal setting for genteel socializing and each year the Hineses do it up right for supporters of the cancer center.

Such was the case on Wednesday when more than 200 well-heeled (Aspen seems to get more formal each year) vacationers joined the Hines party, welcomed by M.D. Anderson president Dr. Ron DePinho and his wife, Dr. Lynda Chin, associate vice chancellor for health transformation and chief innovation officer for health affairs at The University of Texas System.

Partying amid the French Provencal theme — think lavendar and roses, lemon trees and bouquets of blue-hued hydrangeas — guests included Judy and Rodney Margolis, Leslie and Jack Blanton Jr., Mindy Hildebrand, Claire Cormier Thielke and Rick Thielke, Denise Monteleone with Jim Martin, Lindley Arnoldy, Jana Arnoldy, Valerie and Tracy Dieterich, Sis and Hasty Johnson and Rufus Cormier.

While there was much socializing during the early evening, the following afternoon was all about science at The Aspen Institute. DePhino led the "Making Cancer History" seminar at Paepcke Auditorium, where he was joined by Dr. Ernest Hawk, vice president of Cancer Prevention and Populations Sciences, and Dr. Kelly Hunt, professor of surgical oncology and chair ad interim for Breast Surgical Oncology.