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Local TV news stars and medical heavyweights celebrate kid cancer patients' art work

Local TV news stars & medical heavyweights honor kid cancer patients

19 Tom Koch, from left, Alessandra 'Aly' DeFilippis and Ilona Carson at the M.D. Anderson Gold Star Luncheon September 2014
Tom Koch, from left, Alessandra 'Aly' DeFilippis and Ilona Carson. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
21 Zoraida Walker, left, and Christa Allen at the M.D. Anderson Gold Star Luncheon September 2014
Zoraida Walker, left, and Christa Allen. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
13 Mia Gradney and Hayden Hanna at the M.D. Anderson Gold Star Luncheon September 2014
Mia Gradney and Hayden Hanna. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
18 Susan French, from left, Sarah Newson, Craig Henderson and Karen Jenkins at the M.D. Anderson Gold Star Luncheon September 2014
Susan French, from left, Sarah Newson, Craig Henderson and Karen Jenkins. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
20 Warner Roberts, from left, Regina Rogers, Phyllis Pittman and Lisa Parigi at the M.D. Anderson Gold Star Luncheon September 2014
Warner Roberts, from left, Regina Rogers, Phyllis Pittman and Lisa Parigi. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
14 Nancy Walker, from left, Joseph Al Ali, Patricia Lind and JoAnn Peterson at the M.D. Anderson Gold Star Luncheon September 2014
Nancy Walker, from left, Joseph Al Ali, Patricia Lind and JoAnn Peterson. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
12 Melanie Amua-Sekyi, left, and Allie Nicholson at the M.D. Anderson Gold Star Luncheon September 2014
Melanie Amua-Sekyi, left, and Allie Nicholson. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
11 Matthew Maldonado and Melissa Williams at the M.D. Anderson Gold Star Luncheon September 2014
Matthew Maldonado and Melissa Williams. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
8 Ellen Cairns, from left, Khyrstin Andrews and Allie Nicholson at the M.D. Anderson Gold Star Luncheon September 2014
Ellen Cairns, from left, Khyrstin Andrews and Allie Nicholson. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
7 Dr. Steven Waguespack, from left, Mia Gradney, Shannan Murray and Leon Leach at the M.D. Anderson Gold Star Luncheon September 2014
Dr. Steven Waguespack, from left, Mia Gradney, Shannan Murray and Leon Leach. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
4 Brittany Buckley, left, and Mackenzie Cash at the M.D. Anderson Gold Star Luncheon September 2014
Brittany Buckley, left, and Mackenzie Cash. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
2 Bernadette Verzosa and Len Cannon at the M.D. Anderson Gold Star Luncheon September 2014
Bernadette Verzosa and Len Cannon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
1 Ashley Dubbelde, left, and Nicole Holub at the M.D. Anderson Gold Star Luncheon September 2014
Ashley Dubbelde, left, and Nicole Holub. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
19 Tom Koch, from left, Alessandra 'Aly' DeFilippis and Ilona Carson at the M.D. Anderson Gold Star Luncheon September 2014
21 Zoraida Walker, left, and Christa Allen at the M.D. Anderson Gold Star Luncheon September 2014
13 Mia Gradney and Hayden Hanna at the M.D. Anderson Gold Star Luncheon September 2014
18 Susan French, from left, Sarah Newson, Craig Henderson and Karen Jenkins at the M.D. Anderson Gold Star Luncheon September 2014
20 Warner Roberts, from left, Regina Rogers, Phyllis Pittman and Lisa Parigi at the M.D. Anderson Gold Star Luncheon September 2014
14 Nancy Walker, from left, Joseph Al Ali, Patricia Lind and JoAnn Peterson at the M.D. Anderson Gold Star Luncheon September 2014
12 Melanie Amua-Sekyi, left, and Allie Nicholson at the M.D. Anderson Gold Star Luncheon September 2014
11 Matthew Maldonado and Melissa Williams at the M.D. Anderson Gold Star Luncheon September 2014
8 Ellen Cairns, from left, Khyrstin Andrews and Allie Nicholson at the M.D. Anderson Gold Star Luncheon September 2014
7 Dr. Steven Waguespack, from left, Mia Gradney, Shannan Murray and Leon Leach at the M.D. Anderson Gold Star Luncheon September 2014
4 Brittany Buckley, left, and Mackenzie Cash at the M.D. Anderson Gold Star Luncheon September 2014
2 Bernadette Verzosa and Len Cannon at the M.D. Anderson Gold Star Luncheon September 2014
1 Ashley Dubbelde, left, and Nicole Holub at the M.D. Anderson Gold Star Luncheon September 2014

What: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Children's Art Project Gold Star luncheon.

Where: On the ice at The Galleria.

The 411: The annual Gold Star luncheon recognized the youthful artists who contributed designs to the Children's Art Project. Each child received a special award and applause from the audience of 275 guests. 

The luncheon event included a feast from A Fare Extraordinaire, a talk on childhood cancer by M.D. Anderson's Dr. Steven Waguespack and a fashion show presented by the Galleria, Neiman Marcus and Simon LOOKBOOK. Funds from the luncheon and from sale of art projects support young M.D. Anderson patients with everything from summer camps to field trips to educational programs.

Who: Regina Rogers, Jo Ann Petersen, Susan French, Shannan Murray, Leon Leach, Mary Kathryn Cooper, and local TV news stars Tom Koch, Mia Gradney, Melinda Spaulding, Ilona Carson and Melissa Wilson.

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