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Supporters quickly raise $50,000 in brief appeal at Medical Bridges gala

Supporters raise $50,000 in brief appeal at Medical Bridges gala

Medical Bridges 2015 Barbara Van Postman, Margaret Williams, Michael Ascoli, Kelli Cohen Fein
Barbara Van Postman, Margaret Williams, Michael Ascoli, Kelli Cohen Fein. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLight Group
Medical Bridges 2015 Bob Sergeskitter, Denise Rhodes, Leisa Holland Nelson
Bob Sergeskitter, Denise Rhodes, Leisa Holland Nelson. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLight Group
Medical Bridges 2015 Chris Donelson, Shelly Leeds-Richter
Chris Donelson, Shelly Leeds-Richter. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLight Group
Medical Bridges 2015 Mary Ann and David McKeithan
Mary Ann McKeithan, David McKeithan. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLight Group
Medical Bridges 2015 dancers
Professional dancers present the tango. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLight Group
Medical Bridges 2015 Megan and Patrick Weill
Megan Weill, Patrick Weill. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLight Group
Medical Bridges 2015 Nancy and Steve Beasley, Kate Brock
Nancy Beasley, Steve Beasley, Kate Brock. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLight Group
Medical Bridges 2015 Margaret and Jim Daniel
Margaret Alkek Williams, Jim Daniel.  Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLight Group
Medical Bridges 2015 Dr Eric and Joyce Haufrect
Dr. Eric Haufrect, Joyce Haufrect. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLight Group
Medical Bridges 2015 Drs Bob and Mary Ann Wilkins
Dr. Bob Wilkins, Mary Ann Wilkins. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLight Group
Medical Bridges 2015 Bill and Cathy Rovere
Bill Rovere, Cathy Rovere. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLight Group
Medical Bridges 2015 program
Medical Bridges program. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLight Group
Medical Bridges 2015 Barbara Van Postman, Margaret Williams, Michael Ascoli, Kelli Cohen Fein
Medical Bridges 2015 Bob Sergeskitter, Denise Rhodes, Leisa Holland Nelson
Medical Bridges 2015 Chris Donelson, Shelly Leeds-Richter
Medical Bridges 2015 Mary Ann and David McKeithan
Medical Bridges 2015 dancers
Medical Bridges 2015 Megan and Patrick Weill
Medical Bridges 2015 Nancy and Steve Beasley, Kate Brock
Medical Bridges 2015 Margaret and Jim Daniel
Medical Bridges 2015 Dr Eric and Joyce Haufrect
Medical Bridges 2015 Drs Bob and Mary Ann Wilkins
Medical Bridges 2015 Bill and Cathy Rovere
Medical Bridges 2015 program

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

Where: Hilton Post Oak.

The 411: More than 300 guests turned out in support of the non-profit that recovers medical surplus and distributes to hospitals and health care providers in countries where the need is great for these otherwise discarded medical supplies.

The evening was chaired by Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein and Barbara Van Postman with Margaret Alkek Williams serving as honorary chair. In an astonishingly brief appeal, the crowd committed $50,000 to the cause, in addition to the funds raised through ticket sales, auction and raffle.

Mary Ann and David McKeithan were recognized as community honorees while Helping Hand for Relief and Development received the Dr. David Wray Award for volunteering and Cameron earned corporate honoree status for its continued support of Medical Bridges.

Guest speaker was Michael Ascoli, founder and president of Asociación Amigos Pro Obras Sociales from Guatemala. 

Who: Medical Bridges founder Dr. Patricia Brock Howard, Martin Fein, Joe Amberson, Bain Pearson and John Pitts, Dr. Mary and Ron Neal, Darlene and Cappy Bisso, Ann and John Bookout and Kim and Mike Weill.