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The horror of the Ebola virus is brought home to Houston amid cushy gala life

The horror of Ebola virus is brought home to Houston amid gala life

Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein, from left, Margaret Alkek Williams and Barbara Van Postman at the Medical Bridges Gala September 2014
Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein, from left, Margaret Alkek Williams and Barbara Van Postman. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Yekcira Burnom, left, and Beth Wolff at the Medical Bridges Gala September 2014
Yekcira Burnom, left, and Beth Wolff. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Phalguni and Dr. Jitendra Kikani, from left, with Dorothy Bolettieri at the Medical Bridges Gala September 2014
Phalguni and Dr. Jitendra Kikani, from left, with Dorothy Bolettieri. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Mike Weill, from left, Tom Moyers and Bill McHolick at the Medical Bridges Gala September 2014
Mike Weill, from left, Tom Moyers and Bill McHolick. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Kim Weill, from left, Megan Weill and Dr. Patricia Brock Howard at the Medical Bridges Gala September 2014
Kim Weill, from left, Megan Weill and Dr. Patricia Brock Howard. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Catherine Murphy and  Stephan Jenn at the Medical Bridges Gala September 2014
Catherine Murphy and Stephan Jenn. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Gary and Pamela Halverson at the Medical Bridges Gala September 2014
Gary and Pamela Halverson. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Elyse Powers and Jeff Rhodes at the Medical Bridges Gala September 2014
Elyse Powers and Jeff Rhodes. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Dr. Jitendra Kikani, left, and Nadeem Anwar at the Medical Bridges Gala September 2014
Dr. Jitendra Kikani, left, and Nadeem Anwar. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Don Wagner, from left, Jean Bouadou and Samuel Mobio at the Medical Bridges Gala September 2014
Don Wagner, from left, Jean Bouadou and Samuel Mobio. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Beth Madison and Ralph Burch at the Medical Bridges Gala September 2014
Beth Madison and Ralph Burch. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Barbara Van Postman, from left, Mary Ann and Bob Wilkins and Dorothy Bolettieri at the Medical Bridges Gala September 2014
Barbara Van Postman, from left, Mary Ann and Bob Wilkins and Dorothy Bolettieri. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein, from left, Margaret Alkek Williams and Barbara Van Postman at the Medical Bridges Gala September 2014
Yekcira Burnom, left, and Beth Wolff at the Medical Bridges Gala September 2014
Phalguni and Dr. Jitendra Kikani, from left, with Dorothy Bolettieri at the Medical Bridges Gala September 2014
Mike Weill, from left, Tom Moyers and Bill McHolick at the Medical Bridges Gala September 2014
Kim Weill, from left, Megan Weill and Dr. Patricia Brock Howard at the Medical Bridges Gala September 2014
Catherine Murphy and  Stephan Jenn at the Medical Bridges Gala September 2014
Gary and Pamela Halverson at the Medical Bridges Gala September 2014
Elyse Powers and Jeff Rhodes at the Medical Bridges Gala September 2014
Dr. Jitendra Kikani, left, and Nadeem Anwar at the Medical Bridges Gala September 2014
Don Wagner, from left, Jean Bouadou and Samuel Mobio at the Medical Bridges Gala September 2014
Beth Madison and Ralph Burch at the Medical Bridges Gala September 2014
Barbara Van Postman, from left, Mary Ann and Bob Wilkins and Dorothy Bolettieri at the Medical Bridges Gala September 2014

What: Medical Bridges "One People, One World" gala.

Where: Hilton Post Oak Hotel.

The 411: In a compelling evening focusing on the good works of Medical Bridges, chairs Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein and Barbara Van Postman along with honorary chair Margaret Alkek Williams helped raise more than $250,000. Proceeds will send medical supplies to areas in severe need due to the Ebola virus outbreak.

Sharing the podium as guest speakers were Cote d'Ivoire Deputy Gov. Samuel Mobio and photojournalist Catherine Clarke Murphy, who shared her two years working in Africa for Mercy Ships and the Huffington Post. (Murphy is a Kinkaid grad and University of Texas journalism major.) Dr. Bob Wilkins also spoke, sharing his story of a Medical Bridges trip years ago to Pakistan during which 2,000 people lined up for help from ophthalmologists.

Wilkins and his wife, Mary Ann Wilkins, were recognized as community honorees, accepting tributes along with volunteer of the year Dr. M. Fares Albitar and corporate honoree Chevron.

Who: Medical Bridges president and CEO Dorothy Bolettieri, Medical Bridges founder Dr. Patricia Brock Howard, Martin Fein, Joe Amberson, Beth Madison and Ralph Burch, Karla and Bill Lowerre and Pamela and Gary Halverson.