Leslie and Michael Fertitta and Carolyn and David Anderson know first-hand the value of Texas Children's Hospital, both couples having had a child whose life was saved there through cardiovascular surgery. So in the theme of giving back, the foursome created the Toss for Texas Children's fundraiser.
Their second annual bean bag toss, think the elegance of The Great Gatsby combined with the somewhat raucous fun a college tailgating, took place Thursday at Houston Polo Club. Close to 350 turned out to play in the great outdoors (the weather was beautiful) and raise funds for the Department of Congenital Heart Surgery at Texas Children's.
In addition to participating in the team competition, guests lounged around the game site on linen-covered couches and rustic wooden benches. The hungry among them grazed through delectable offerings from A Fare Extraordinaire and lined up at the Fusion Taco food truck. Hit of the night were the blood orange margaritas served in Mason jars.
Dr. Charles Fraser, chief of surgery at Texas Children's, addressed the gathering, sharing stories of children with congenital heart defects and thanking attendees for their generosity.
Among those tossing bean bags for charity were Carolyn and Christopher Dorros, Andree and Robert Halpin, Katherine and John Plumb, Monica Slusser, Paige and John Pasta, Dr. Daniel Penny and Caroline and Edward Frantz.