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Much-admired philanthropists honored as Rockets owner makes rare appearance

Houston philanthropists honored as Rockets owner makes rare appearance

News, Shelby, Hospice Dinner, Oct. 2015, Janice Brown, Tad Brown, Liz Brown, Leslie Alexander
Janice Brown, Tad Brown, Liz Brown, Leslie Alexander. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portraits
News, Shelby, Hospice Dinner, Oct. 2015, Terri Havens, John Havens
Terri Havens, John Havens. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portraits
News, Shelby, Hospice Dinner, Eddy Blanton, Kelly Blanton
Eddy Blanton, Kelli Blanton. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portraits
News, Shelby, Hospice Dinner, Oct. 2015, Kay Mansfield, Paul Mansfield
 Kay Mansfield, Paul Mansfield. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portraits
News, Shelby, Hospice Dinner, Oct. 2015, Tonya Drexler, Clyde Drexler
Tonya Drexler, Clyde Drexler. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portraits
News, Shelby, Hospice Dinner, Oct. 2015, Rob Beckham, Elisabeth Beckham, Bill Herrington
Rob Beckham, Elisabeth Beckham, Bill Herrington. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portraits
News, Shelby, Hospice Dinner, Oct. 2015, Peter Wareing, Elizabeth Wareing
Peter Wareing, Elizabeth Wareing. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portraits
News, Shelby, Hospice dinner, Oct. 2015Tony Gracely, Cynthia Nordt, Mary Gracely
Tony Gracely, Cynthia Nordt, Mary Gracely. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portraits
News, Shelby, Hospice dinner, Oct. 2015 Harrie Foster, Joe Foster
Harriet Foster, Joe Foster. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portraits
News, Shelby, Hospice Dinner, Oct. 2015, Janice Brown, Tad Brown, Liz Brown, Leslie Alexander
News, Shelby, Hospice Dinner, Oct. 2015, Terri Havens, John Havens
News, Shelby, Hospice Dinner, Eddy Blanton, Kelly Blanton
News, Shelby, Hospice Dinner, Oct. 2015, Kay Mansfield, Paul Mansfield
News, Shelby, Hospice Dinner, Oct. 2015, Tonya Drexler, Clyde Drexler
News, Shelby, Hospice Dinner, Oct. 2015, Rob Beckham, Elisabeth Beckham, Bill Herrington
News, Shelby, Hospice Dinner, Oct. 2015, Peter Wareing, Elizabeth Wareing
News, Shelby, Hospice dinner, Oct. 2015Tony Gracely, Cynthia Nordt, Mary Gracely
News, Shelby, Hospice dinner, Oct. 2015 Harrie Foster, Joe Foster

What: The 17th annual Laura Lee Blanton Community Spirit Award dinner benefiting Houston Hospice.

Where: River Oaks Country Club.

The scoop: Eddy Blanton, son of the late Laura Lee Blanton, gave a glowing and jolly introduction of the honorees, Terri and John Havens. Following their heartfelt and occasionally light-hearted remarks on accepting the award, the philanthropists/business magnates received a standing ovation from the crowd that numbered more than 230. The evening, chaired by Kay and Paul Mansfield, raised close to $300,000 for the Houston Hospice.

The Houston Rockets were well represented by owner Leslie Alexander (making a rare local appearance other than courtside), Liz Brown, Rockets GM Tad Brown and wife Janice and former Rocket Clyde Drexler and wife Tonya.

Who: Emcee Tom Abrahams of ABC Channel 13, Houston Hospice CEO Jim Faucett, Kelli Blanton, Elizabeth and Peter Wareing, Sally and Bob Thomas, Elisabeth and Rob Beckham, Bill Herrington, Mary and Tony Gracely, Harriet and Joe Foster.

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