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Community spirit: One of Houston's most charitable families receives major recognition in River Oaks

Community spirit: One of Houston's most charitable families honored

Joe and Harriet Foster, from left, and Ginger and Jack Blanton at the Houston Hospice dinner October 2013
Chairs Joe and Harriet Foster, left, with Ginger and Jack Blanton at the Houston Hospice dinner. Photo by Kim Coffman
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Honorees Eddy and Kelli Blanton with their son, Harrison, at the Houston Hospice dinner. Photo by Kim Coffman
Terri and John Havens at the Houston Hospice dinner October 2013
Terri and John Havens at the Houston Hospice dinner. Photo by Kim Coffman
Bob and Sarita Hixon at the Houston Hospice dinner October 2013
Bob and Sarita Hixon at the Houston Hospice dinner. Photo by Kim Coffman
Elizabeth and Peter Wareing at the Houston Hospice dinner October 2013
Elizabeth and Peter Wareing at the Houston Hospice dinner. Photo by Kim Coffman
Harvey Vigneault, from left, Shaddow Sloan, Dr. Paul Mansfield and Kay Kanaby at the Houston Hospice dinner October 2013
Harvey Vigneault, from left, Shaddow Sloan, Dr. Paul Mansfield and Kay Kanaby at the Houston Hospice dinner. Photo by Kim Coffman
Megan and Anthony Uerling at the Houston Hospice dinner October 2013
Megan and Anthony Uerling at the Houston Hospice dinner. Photo by Kim Coffman
Steve and Allyson Cook at the Houston Hospice dinner October 2013
Steve and Allyson Cook at the Houston Hospice dinner. Photo by Kim Coffman
Maria and Jim Fawcett at the Houston Hospice dinner October 2013
Maria and Jim Fawcett at the Houston Hospice dinner. Photo by Kim Coffman
Laura Laase, left, with Ed and Lawanda Laase at the Houston Hospice dinner October 2013
Laura Laase, left, with Ed and Lawanda Laase at the Houston Hospice dinner. Photo by Kim Coffman
Jes and John Hagale at the Houston Hospice dinner October 2013
Jes and John Hagale at the Houston Hospice dinner. Photo by Kim Coffman
Sally and Bob Thomas at the Houston Hospice dinner October 2013
Sally and Bob Thomas at the Houston Hospice dinner. Photo by Kim Coffman
Joe and Harriet Foster, from left, and Ginger and Jack Blanton at the Houston Hospice dinner October 2013
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Terri and John Havens at the Houston Hospice dinner October 2013
Bob and Sarita Hixon at the Houston Hospice dinner October 2013
Elizabeth and Peter Wareing at the Houston Hospice dinner October 2013
Harvey Vigneault, from left, Shaddow Sloan, Dr. Paul Mansfield and Kay Kanaby at the Houston Hospice dinner October 2013
Megan and Anthony Uerling at the Houston Hospice dinner October 2013
Steve and Allyson Cook at the Houston Hospice dinner October 2013
Maria and Jim Fawcett at the Houston Hospice dinner October 2013
Laura Laase, left, with Ed and Lawanda Laase at the Houston Hospice dinner October 2013
Jes and John Hagale at the Houston Hospice dinner October 2013
Sally and Bob Thomas at the Houston Hospice dinner October 2013

What: Houston Hospice 15th annual Laura Lee Blanton Community Spirit Award dinner.

Where: River Oaks Country Club.

The 411: Kelli and Eddy Blanton, son and daughter-in-law of the late, much-beloved Laura Lee Blanton, received the Houston Hospice award given in her name. Elizabeth Blanton Wareing introduced her brother and sister-in-law and helped present the Laura Lee Blanton Community Spirit Award along with dinner emcee Channel 13 news anchor Melanie Lawson. With Harriet and Joe Foster as chairs, the 250 guests help raise in excess of $275,000 for the hospice program that serves more than 2,400 families each year.

Who: The VIP crowd included hospice president and CEO Jim Faucett, Sally and Bob Thomas, Terri and John Havens, Shadow Sloan, Leslie and Jack Blanton Jr., Ginger and Jack Blanton, Peter Wareing, Sarita and Bob Hixon, Jes and John Hagale, Ann and Stuart James and Laura and Joshua Laase.