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Friends with money: Dueling Docs at a heartfelt dinner help raise $600,000 for research

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Baylor Friends dinner, October 2012, Scott Wise, Geraldina Wise
Scott Wise, Geraldina Wise Photo by Pete Baatz
Baylor Friends dinner, October 2012, Dr. Christie Ballantyne, Penny Loyd, Paul Loyd
Dr. Christie Ballantyne, Penny Loyd, Paul Loyd Photo by Pete Baatz
Baylor Friends dinner, October 2012, Maria Mitchell Ballantyne, George Mitchell
Maria Mitchell Ballantyne, George Mitchell Photo by Pete Baatz
Baylor Friends dinner, October 2012, John Eads, Denise Baggett, David Baggett
John Eads, Denise Baggett, David Baggett Photo by Pete Baatz
Baylor Friends dinner, October 2012, Myron Blalock, Rosanna Blalock
Myron Blalock, Rosanna Blalock Photo by Pete Baatz
Baylor Friends dinner, October 2012, Ashley Smith, Dr. Peggy Smith, Zeina Fares, Nijad Fares
Ashley Smith, Dr. Peggy Smith, Zeina Fares, Nijad Fares Photo by Pete Baatz
Baylor Friends dinner, October 2012, Margaret Alkek Williams, Jim Daniel
Margaret Alkek Williams, Jim Daniel Photo by Pete Baatz
Baylor Friends dinner, October 2012, Yasmine Ballantyne, Dr. Chistie Ballantyne
Yasmine Ballantyne, Dr. Christie Ballantyne Photo by Pete Baatz
Baylor Friends dinner, October 2012, Amy Karges, Curt Karges, Claudia Rask, Jan Rask
Amy Karges, Curt Karges, Claudia Rask, Jan Rask Photo by Pete Baatz
Baylor Friends dinner, October 2012, Larry Barbour, Carol Barbour
Larry Barbour, Carol Barbour Photo by Pete Baatz
Baylor Friends dinner, October 2012, Dr. Paul Klotman, Jan Duncan
Dr. Paul Klotman, Jan Duncan Photo by Pete Baatz
Baylor Friends dinner, October 2012, Scott Wise, Geraldina Wise
Baylor Friends dinner, October 2012, Dr. Christie Ballantyne, Penny Loyd, Paul Loyd
Baylor Friends dinner, October 2012, Maria Mitchell Ballantyne, George Mitchell
Baylor Friends dinner, October 2012, John Eads, Denise Baggett, David Baggett
Baylor Friends dinner, October 2012, Myron Blalock, Rosanna Blalock
Baylor Friends dinner, October 2012, Ashley Smith, Dr. Peggy Smith, Zeina Fares, Nijad Fares
Baylor Friends dinner, October 2012, Margaret Alkek Williams, Jim Daniel
Baylor Friends dinner, October 2012, Yasmine Ballantyne, Dr. Chistie Ballantyne
Baylor Friends dinner, October 2012, Amy Karges, Curt Karges, Claudia Rask, Jan Rask
Baylor Friends dinner, October 2012, Larry Barbour, Carol Barbour
Baylor Friends dinner, October 2012, Dr. Paul Klotman, Jan Duncan

The 11th annual Friends Dinner rolled in the dough at River Oaks Country Club where the Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation matched every dollar raised, resulting in a generous $600,000 destined to aid in cardiovascular research.

The success was all about personal philanthropy and family connections on this night that honored Maria Ballantyne with the inaugural Friends Legacy Award. Her son, Dr. Christie Ballantyne, is director of the Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention at Baylor College of Medicine (the evening's beneficiary), and her brother, George Mitchell, heads the aforementioned foundation.

The evening also benefits the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center.

With Mary and Ralph Eads and Denise and David Baggett stepping up to underwrite the cost of the gourmet, yet heart-healthy, dinner and Meredith and Fielding Cocke donating the wines, the benefit was set from the get-go. Add the clout of dinner chairs Geraldina and Scott Wise and honorees Penny and Paul Loyd and success was guaranteed.

Highlight of the night was the Dueling Docs: Fact or Myth game that had the 400 guests competing table to table to answer the propositions correctly. Doctors participating in the competition were Ballantyne, Dr. Peter Jones, Dr. Vijay Nambi, Dr. Salim Virani, Dr. Addison Taylor and Dr. James Pool.

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