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Bean bag toss party in the great outdoors scores a big hit for Texas Children's

Bean bag toss in great outdoors scores a big hit for Texas Children's

52 The toss course at the Toss for Texas Children's Hospital October 2014
The Toss for Texas Children's at Houston Polo Club drew more than 300 participants. Photo by John R. Lewis
41 David and Carolyn Anderson, from left, and Leslie and Michael Fertitta at the Toss for Texas Children's Hospital October 2014
David and Carolyn Anderson, left, with Leslie and Michael Fertitta. Photo by John R. Lewis
8 Christopher and Carolyn Dorros at the Toss for Texas Children's Hospital October 2014
Christopher and Carolyn Dorros. Photo by John R. Lewis
18 Robert and Andree Halpin, from left, and Sheridan and Robert Plumb at the Toss for Texas Children's Hospital October 2014
Robert and Andree Halpin, left, with Sheridan and Robert Plumb. Photo by John R. Lewis
9 William Farley and Kimmy Speciale at the Toss for Texas Children's Hospital October 2014
William Farley and Kimmy Speciale. Photo by John R. Lewis
3 David Lynn, from left, Monica Slusser, Kate Champion and McStephen Dadzie at the Toss for Texas Children's Hospital October 2014
David Lynn, from left, Monica Slusser, McStephen Dadzie and Kate Champion. Photo by John R. Lewis
26 Katherine and David Andrew at the Toss for Texas Children's Hospital October 2014
Katherine and David Andrew. Photo by John R. Lewis
28 Sally Dillee, left, and Ashley Cruse at the Toss for Texas Children's Hospital October 2014
Sally Dillee, left, and Ashley Cruse. Photo by John R. Lewis
34 John and Paige Pasta at the Toss for Texas Children's Hospital October 2014
John and Paige Pasta. Photo by John R. Lewis
53 Dr. Daniel Penny, from left, Dr. Charles Fraser, Leslie and Michael Fertitta and Carolyn and David Anderson at the Toss for Texas Children's Hospital October 2014
Dr. Daniel Penny, from left, Dr. Charles Fraser, Leslie and Michael Fertitta and Carolyn and David Anderson. Photo by John R. Lewis
52 The toss course at the Toss for Texas Children's Hospital October 2014
41 David and Carolyn Anderson, from left, and Leslie and Michael Fertitta at the Toss for Texas Children's Hospital October 2014
8 Christopher and Carolyn Dorros at the Toss for Texas Children's Hospital October 2014
18 Robert and Andree Halpin, from left, and Sheridan and Robert Plumb at the Toss for Texas Children's Hospital October 2014
9 William Farley and Kimmy Speciale at the Toss for Texas Children's Hospital October 2014
3 David Lynn, from left, Monica Slusser, Kate Champion and McStephen Dadzie at the Toss for Texas Children's Hospital October 2014
26 Katherine and David Andrew at the Toss for Texas Children's Hospital October 2014
28 Sally Dillee, left, and Ashley Cruse at the Toss for Texas Children's Hospital October 2014
34 John and Paige Pasta at the Toss for Texas Children's Hospital October 2014
53 Dr. Daniel Penny, from left, Dr. Charles Fraser, Leslie and Michael Fertitta and Carolyn and David Anderson at the Toss for Texas Children's Hospital October 2014

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.