Gala Raises Millions

Houston Methodist inaugural dinner fundraiser with Jenna Bush is a $1.7 million success

Houston Methodist inaugural fundraiser is a $1.7 million success

022 27 Emily and Holcombe Crosswell, from left, Jenna Bush Hager and Robert K. and Loretta Moses Jr. at Houston Methodist's Rendezvous in Blue Gala November 2013
Emily and Holcombe Crosswell, from left, Jenna Bush Hager and Robert K. and Loretta Moses at Houston Methodist's Rendezvous in Blue Gala. Photo courtesy of CarsonPhotos.com
006 2 Sandy Weill, from left, Drs. Julie and Marc Boom and Dr. Antonio Gotto at Houston Methodist's Rendezvous in Blue Gala November 2013
Sandy Weill, from left, Drs. Julie and Marc Boom and Dr. Antonio Gotto at Houston Methodist's Rendezvous in Blue Gala. Photo courtesy of CarsonPhotos.com
223 114 Ginger and Jack Blanton at Houston Methodist's Rendezvous in Blue Gala November 2013
Ginger and Jack Blanton at Houston Methodist's Rendezvous in Blue Gala. Photo courtesy of CarsonPhotos.com
045 40 Lynda and David Underwood at Houston Methodist's Rendezvous in Blue Gala November 2013
Lynda and David Underwood at Houston Methodist's Rendezvous in Blue Gala. Photo courtesy of CarsonPhotos.com
127 97 Lilly and Thurmon Andress at Houston Methodist's Rendezvous in Blue Gala November 2013
Lilly and Thurmon Andress at Houston Methodist's Rendezvous in Blue Gala. Photo courtesy of CarsonPhotos.com
125 95 Dr. James Muntz and Anne Muntz at Houston Methodist's Rendezvous in Blue Gala November 2013
Dr. James Muntz and Anne Muntz at Houston Methodist's Rendezvous in Blue Gala. Photo courtesy of CarsonPhotos.com
098 70 Larry and Judy Dierker, from left, and Kathy and John Orton at Houston Methodist's Rendezvous in Blue Gala November 2013
Larry and Judy Dierker, from left, and Kathy and John Orton at Houston Methodist's Rendezvous in Blue Gala. Photo courtesy of CarsonPhotos.com
061 36 Elizabeth Fenoglio and Blake Willeford at Houston Methodist's Rendezvous in Blue Gala November 2013
Elizabeth Fenoglio and Blake Willeford at Houston Methodist's Rendezvous in Blue Gala. Photo courtesy of CarsonPhotos.com
042 23 Mick Cantu, from left, Marc Vandermeer and Mark Houser at Houston Methodist's Rendezvous in Blue Gala November 2013
Mick Cantu, from left, Marc Vandermeer and Mark Houser at Houston Methodist's Rendezvous in Blue Gala. Photo courtesy of CarsonPhotos.com
361 111 dancers at Houston Methodist's Rendezvous in Blue Gala November 2013
Dancers performing at Houston Methodist's Rendezvous in Blue Gala. Photo courtesy of CarsonPhotos.com
392 113 venue with table settings place settings in the Hilton Americas ballroom at Houston Methodist's Rendezvous in Blue Gala November 2013
The venue at Houston Methodist's Rendezvous in Blue Gala. Photo courtesy of CarsonPhotos.com
022 27 Emily and Holcombe Crosswell, from left, Jenna Bush Hager and Robert K. and Loretta Moses Jr. at Houston Methodist's Rendezvous in Blue Gala November 2013
006 2 Sandy Weill, from left, Drs. Julie and Marc Boom and Dr. Antonio Gotto at Houston Methodist's Rendezvous in Blue Gala November 2013
223 114 Ginger and Jack Blanton at Houston Methodist's Rendezvous in Blue Gala November 2013
045 40 Lynda and David Underwood at Houston Methodist's Rendezvous in Blue Gala November 2013
127 97 Lilly and Thurmon Andress at Houston Methodist's Rendezvous in Blue Gala November 2013
125 95 Dr. James Muntz and Anne Muntz at Houston Methodist's Rendezvous in Blue Gala November 2013
098 70 Larry and Judy Dierker, from left, and Kathy and John Orton at Houston Methodist's Rendezvous in Blue Gala November 2013
061 36 Elizabeth Fenoglio and Blake Willeford at Houston Methodist's Rendezvous in Blue Gala November 2013
042 23 Mick Cantu, from left, Marc Vandermeer and Mark Houser at Houston Methodist's Rendezvous in Blue Gala November 2013
361 111 dancers at Houston Methodist's Rendezvous in Blue Gala November 2013
392 113 venue with table settings place settings in the Hilton Americas ballroom at Houston Methodist's Rendezvous in Blue Gala November 2013

The recent dinner fundraiser at the Hilton Americas-Houston might have been a first for Houston Methodist but there were seasoned hands at the wheel which drove this evening to a remarkable $1.7 million in proceeds for the system's five hospitals.

Emily and Holcombe Crosswell and Loretta and Robert K. Moses Jr. guided "Rendezvous in Blue" to its stunning success, an achievement that had Houston Methodist Hospital System CEO Dr. Marc Boom clearly delighted.

Adding to the success were the honored six legacy couples, who have left shining imprints on the city — Ginger and Jack Blanton, Carolyn and John Bookout, Janet and Ernie Cockrell, Anne and Charles  Duncan, Lynda and David Underwood and Paula and Rusty Walter. They were celebrated by their children in a video presentation introduced by Jenna Bush Hager and Mark Vandemeer.

Hager's connection with Houston Methodist developed when former President George H.W. Bush, her grandfather, was treated there during an extended stay last year. As Voice of the Texans, Vandemeer knows a thing or two about Methodist as it is the official healthcare provider for the Houston Texans.

As special entertainment and a nod to Houston Methodist's outlook for advancements in research and treatment was the dance group, dressed in colorful LED-illuminated suits, that worked its way through the crowd as the lights dimmed and the music was ramped up. The evening closed with show band Professor D providing dance tunes.

Helping deliver the goods on this evening were Dr. Julie Boom, Judy and Larry Dierker, Anita and Dr. Tony Gotto, Kelli and Eddy Blanton, Estela and David Cockrell, Carol and Mike Linn.Kathy and John Orton, Anne and Dr. Jim Muntz, Lilly and Thurmon Andress, Mick Cantu, Sandy Weill, Elizabeth Fenoglio and Blake Willeford.