When the health care of 30,000 Houston area teens is at issue, the troops turn out in support as they did at the Foundation for Teen Health luncheon at River Oaks Country Club where $230,000 was raised in support of Baylor College of Medicine Teen Health Clinics.
Founded in 1968 as a maternity program for teens, the clinics, under direction of Dr. Peggy Smith, provide free and low-cost services focused on reproductive health care for young men up to age 25 and young women up to age 23 these days.
Long-time foundation supporter and past luncheon honoree Judge Mike McSpadden chaired the fundraiser with Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein. The duo welcomed more than 300 guests, a large percentage of which were men, a rarity in benefit luncheons. In fact, of the five raffle prizes, four were won by gents.
The honorees, as well as the mission, were a serious draw to the luncheon. Bobbie and John Nau and Silver Eagle Distributors received the Dr. Peggy Smith Award for Professional Excellence and the Beck family (Rose Beck, Nancy Beck-Deane, Debbie Beck and Annie Beck) were recognized with the June and Virgil Waggoner Award for Volunteerism.
Supporters included auction chairs Phyllis Williams and Joann Crassas, plus Ray Childress, Sara and Bill Hurt, Lilly Andress, Jim Crownover, Sylvie Crum, Downey Bridgewater, Judge Clarease Yates, Doe Florsheim, June Waggoner, Brittany Zucker, Cornell Williams and Nancy Dinerstein.