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New Orleans-style fundraiser is a treat for supporters of Texas Children's Fraser's Friends

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1 Brad and Melissa Juneau, from left, and Dr. Charles Fraser at Fraser's Friends dinner
Hosts Brad and Melissa Juneau with Dr. Charles Fraser, right, at Fraser's Friends dinner. Photo by John R. Lewis
17 food on table at Fraser's Friends dinner
A sumptuous buffet tempted even the most dedicated calorie-counters. Photo by John R. Lewis
15 Nan and Bob Franklin at Fraser's Friends dinner
Nan and Bob Franklin at Fraser's Friends dinner. Photo by John R. Lewis
12 Mike Linn at Fraser's Friends dinner
Mike Linn at Fraser's Friends dinner. Photo by John R. Lewis
7 David and Tricia Dewhurst at Fraser's Friends dinner
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Tricia Dewhurst at the Fraser's Friends dinner. Photo by John R. Lewis
11 flowers and candles at Fraser's Friends dinner
The buffet tables were dressed in fragrant flowers for the Fraser's Friends dinner. Photo by John R. Lewis
5 Louise and Dr. Denton Cooley at Fraser's Friends dinner
Louise and Dr. Denton Cooley at the Fraser's Friends dinner. Photo by John R. Lewis
8 Karen and Dr. Seth Lerner at Fraser's Friends dinner
Karen and Dr. Seth Lerner at the Fraser's Friends dinner. Photo by John R. Lewis
3 Rosie Meyers and Tony Gonzales at Fraser's Friends dinner
Rosie Meyers and Tony Gonzales at the Fraser's Friends dinner. Photo by John R. Lewis
4 Joann and Dr. Michael Belfort at Fraser's Friends dinner
Joann and Dr. Michael Belfort at the Fraser's Friends dinner. Photo by John R. Lewis
2 scene venue with flowers and people at Fraser's Friends dinner
The floral decor was stunning at the Fraser Friends event. Photo by John R. Lewis
13 dining room at Fraser's Friends dinner
The beautifully-remodeled home provided a rich setting for the tribute to Dr. Charles Fraser. Photo by John R. Lewis
1 Brad and Melissa Juneau, from left, and Dr. Charles Fraser at Fraser's Friends dinner
17 food on table at Fraser's Friends dinner
15 Nan and Bob Franklin at Fraser's Friends dinner
12 Mike Linn at Fraser's Friends dinner
7 David and Tricia Dewhurst at Fraser's Friends dinner
11 flowers and candles at Fraser's Friends dinner
5 Louise and Dr. Denton Cooley at Fraser's Friends dinner
8 Karen and Dr. Seth Lerner at Fraser's Friends dinner
3 Rosie Meyers and Tony Gonzales at Fraser's Friends dinner
4 Joann and Dr. Michael Belfort at Fraser's Friends dinner
2 scene venue with flowers and people at Fraser's Friends dinner
13 dining room at Fraser's Friends dinner

There is no doubting the personal popularity of Dr. Charles Fraser or the appreciation of his leadership as chief of Congenital Heart Surgery and Cardiac Surgeon In-Charge at Texas Children's Hospital. Case in point, the assemblage of 400 fans that turned out for the recent Fraser's Friends fundraiser.

Members of the philanthropic support group — dedicated to advancing patient care, education and research in surgery — gathered in the luxurious Boulevard Oaks home of Melissa and Brad Juneau.

The event echoed New Orleans (Brad is from Louisiana) at every turn, from the decor of the newly-renovated dwelling to the menu and party setting whipped up by Swift + Co. Elizabeth Swift and her team created a dreamy garden living area complete with outdoor couches, rustic wooden tables and a wall of boxwoods. On the menu — fried oysters, gumbo, frogs legs and more.

The Juneau's dedication to Fraser's Friends stems from the life-saving open-heart surgery that their daughter, Hailey, underwent at Texas Children's when she was 14. In a touching presentation, Linn Energy founder Mike Linn shared with the gathering his personal story of losing his son, Matthew, to a congenital heart defect which led to his passionate support of Fraser’s Friends.

Joining the friends group, which has raised nearly $3 million since its founding, were Rosie Meyers and Tony Gonzales, Joann and Dr. Michael Belfort, Tricia and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Louise and Dr. Denton Cooley, Nan and Bob Franklin and Karen and Dr. Seth Lerner.

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