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A check for $2 million to Texas Children's Hospital comes as big surprise at special reception

$2 million to Texas Children's from Blue Birds comes as big surprise

News, Shelby, Blue Bird Circle endowed chair, October 2014, Dr. Gary Clark, Pat Edwards, Dr. Mark Kline
Dr. Gary Clark, left, Pat Edwards and Dr. Mark Kline. Photo by Joan McAuliffe
News, Shelby, Blue Bird Circle endowed chair, October 2014,Suzy Rhodes, Regina Romano, Anne Romano
Suzy Rhodes, from left, Regina Romano and Anne Romano. Photo by Joan McAuliffe
News, Shelby, Blue Bird Circle endowed chair, October 2014, Gwen Wilkinson, Dr.Charles Gay, Karen Wilkinson
Gwen Wilkinson, left, Dr. Charles Gay and Karen Wilkinson. Photo by Joan McAuliffe
News, Shelby, Blue Bird Circle endowed chair, October 2014, Maggie Austin, Dr. Robert Zeller, Claire Manning
Maggie Austin, left, Dr. Robert Zeller and Claire Manning. Photo by Joan McAuliffe
News, Shelby, Blue Bird Circle endowed chair, October 2014, Dodi Willingham, Catherine Willingham, Mark Willingham
Dodi Willingham, left, Catherine Willingham and Mark Willingham. Photo by Joan McAuliffe
News, Shelby, Blue Bird Circle endowed chair, October 2014, Lelani Sinclair, Tom Sinclair
Lelani and Tom Sinclair. Photo by Joan McAuliffe
News, Shelby, Blue Bird Circle endowed chair, October 2014, Marlene Mousa, Mary Ann Macey, Martha Yates, Dolores Kamel
Marlene Mousa, from left, Mary Ann Macey, Martha Yates and Delores Kamel. Photo by Joan McAuliffe
News, Shelby, Blue Bird Circle endowed chair, October 2014, Mary Francis Fabrizio, Ellen Stough, Pattie Armes
Mary Fabrizio, from left, Ellen Stough and Pattie Armes. Photo by Joan McAuliffe
News, Shelby, Blue Bird Circle endowed chair, October 2014, Dr. Gary Clark, Pat Edwards, Dr. Mark Kline
News, Shelby, Blue Bird Circle endowed chair, October 2014,Suzy Rhodes, Regina Romano, Anne Romano
News, Shelby, Blue Bird Circle endowed chair, October 2014, Gwen Wilkinson, Dr.Charles Gay, Karen Wilkinson
News, Shelby, Blue Bird Circle endowed chair, October 2014, Maggie Austin, Dr. Robert Zeller, Claire Manning
News, Shelby, Blue Bird Circle endowed chair, October 2014, Dodi Willingham, Catherine Willingham, Mark Willingham
News, Shelby, Blue Bird Circle endowed chair, October 2014, Lelani Sinclair, Tom Sinclair
News, Shelby, Blue Bird Circle endowed chair, October 2014, Marlene Mousa, Mary Ann Macey, Martha Yates, Dolores Kamel
News, Shelby, Blue Bird Circle endowed chair, October 2014, Mary Francis Fabrizio, Ellen Stough, Pattie Armes

Only a handful among the 150 guests gathered at the Blue Bird Circle Resale Shop on Alabama knew what was coming at the "Fall-en Love With a Blue Bird" event. So it was applause and cheers all around when president Pat Edwards presented Texas Children's Hospital leaders with a check for $2 million.

 "Texas Children's has no better friends than the Blue Birds," Kline said. 

The funds were given to establish the Blue Bird Circle Endowed Chair for Pediatric Neurology and the Neurosciences. Accepting the check were Dr. Mark Kline, physician-in-chief of Texas Children’s Hospital, and neurologists Dr. Gary Clark and Dr. Robert Zeller. Clark will be the first holder of the chair, one of only four endowed pediatric neurology chairs in the country.

"Texas Children's has no better friends than the Blue Birds," Kline said.

This was just the latest milestone in the Blue Bird Circle's 90 years of assisting in the healthcare needs of children. Each year, Blue Birds brings in more than $1 million for the Blue Bird Circle Clinic for Pediatric Neurology, the Blue Bird Circle Developmental Neurogenetics Laboratory and the Blue Bird Circle Rett Center. In addition, members contribute more than 100,000 volunteers annually at the hospital and at the resale shop.

Among those gathered for the surprise presentation were Suzy Rhodes, Regina Romano, Anne Romano, Dr. Charles Gay, Gwen Wilkinson, Maggie Austin, Claire Manning, Dodi Willingham, Mark Willingham and Lelani and Tom Sinclair.

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