First it was the greetings of adorable young school children from KIPP Academy that impressed the 400 guests arriving at Wortham Center for the annual Legacy Community Health Services luncheon. Then it was Javier Loya, chairman and CEO of OTC Global Holdings, who so engaged the audience that some were calling for him to run for the White House.
Loya was invited to speak on behalf of Legacy's Little Readers program, which provides books for every Legacy patient aged 6 months to 5 years. His was the story of an immigrant Mexican couple who made roots in El Paso and who succeeded in getting all seven of their American-born children college educations despite the fact that his father had only an eighth grade education and his mother only an elementary school education.
The importance of reading and study was stressed throughout the Loyas' childhood. The end result — a remarkably successful family that includes a dentist, a teacher, a Harvard MBA and several multi-millionaires. "Reading at a young age really paid off for us," he told the gathering.
Applause for the day extended throughout the Loya family as the speaker's wife, Lucinda Loya, chaired the annual luncheon with Monsour Taghdisi. They oversaw the fast-paced event that raised $300,000 for Legacy's far-reaching health care programs including Legacy's Little Readers.
The event honored H-E-B for its support and for its broader commitment in the community. First lady Kathy Hubbard, standing in for Mayor Annise Parker who was detained at a City Council meeting, presented the proclamation declaring it H-E-B day in Houston. Joining in the program was Legacy executive director Katy Caldwell.
The loyal crowd included emcee Dominique Sachse and Nick Florescu, Legacy chief development officer Chree Boydstun, Henry Richardson, Cyndy Garza Roberts, Becca Cason Thrash, Tonya Riner, Beth Bruce, Ceron, Mike Holloman, Alex Jessett, Victor Cordova and Tony Bradford.
Special guest was soon-to-be five-year-old Cameron Taghdisi, the luncheon chair's son.