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Hospital supporters wrap up the holidays with a $1.45 million gift at glamorous party

Hospital supporters wrap up holidays with a big gift at glam party

37 Dr. Charles Hankins, from left, Rand Holstead, Lindsay Holstead and Carol and Mike Linn at Texas Children's Ambassadors wraps up #GivingTuesday week December 2014
Dr. Charles Hankins, from left, Rand and Lindsay Holstead and Carol and Mike Linn. Photo by Travis Schiebel
29 Christian McDermott, from left, Chelsea Cunningham and Bucky Cunningham at Texas Children's Ambassadors wraps up #GivingTuesday week December 2014
Christian McDermott, from left, Chelsea Cunningham and Bucky Cunningham. Photo by Travis Schiebel
24 Debbie Chenevert, from left, Staci Donovan and Emily Adams at Texas Children's Ambassadors wraps up #GivingTuesday week December 2014
Debbie Chenevert, from left, Staci Donovan and Emily Adams. Photo by Travis Schiebel
19 Carter and Mary Groves, from left, and Kate and Ed Bialas at Texas Children's Ambassadors wraps up #GivingTuesday week December 2014
Carter and Mary Groves, from left, and Kate and Ed Bialas. Photo by Travis Schiebel
10 Rachel andDrew Fucci at Texas Children's Ambassadors wraps up #GivingTuesday week December 2014
Rachel and Drew Fucci. Photo by Travis Schiebel
36 Dessert table at Texas Children's Ambassadors wraps up #GivingTuesday week December 2014
It ws a beautiful home for a beautiful gift to Texas Children's Hospital. Photo by Travis Schiebel
13 Lilly and Thurmon Andress at Texas Children's Ambassadors wraps up #GivingTuesday week December 2014
Lilly and Thurmon Andress. Photo by Travis Schiebel
12 Jan Duncan, from left, Mike McSpadden and Anne van Horn at Texas Children's Ambassadors wraps up #GivingTuesday week December 2014
Jan Duncan, left, Mike McSpadden and Anne van Horn. Photo by Travis Schiebel
11 Joan and John Scales, from left, and Mike and Carol Linn at Texas Children's Ambassadors wraps up #GivingTuesday week December 2014
Joan and John Scales, left, with Mike and Carol Linn. Photo by Travis Schiebel
30 Leslie and Michael Fertitta at Texas Children's Ambassadors wraps up #GivingTuesday week December 2014
Leslie and Michael Fertitta. Photo by Travis Schiebel
16 Laura Cureton, from left, Carolyn and David Anderson and Cameron Cureton at Texas Children's Ambassadors wraps up #GivingTuesday week December 2014
Laura Cureton, from left, Carolyn and David Anderson and Cameron Cureton. Photo by Travis Schiebel
20 Karla and Jorge Goudet at Texas Children's Ambassadors wraps up #GivingTuesday week December 2014
Karla and Jorge Goudet. Photo by Travis Schiebel
39 A tree of lights with gifts at Texas Children's Ambassadors wraps up #GivingTuesday week December 2014
The holiday spirit was present indoors and out. Photo by Travis Schiebel
37 Dr. Charles Hankins, from left, Rand Holstead, Lindsay Holstead and Carol and Mike Linn at Texas Children's Ambassadors wraps up #GivingTuesday week December 2014
29 Christian McDermott, from left, Chelsea Cunningham and Bucky Cunningham at Texas Children's Ambassadors wraps up #GivingTuesday week December 2014
24 Debbie Chenevert, from left, Staci Donovan and Emily Adams at Texas Children's Ambassadors wraps up #GivingTuesday week December 2014
19 Carter and Mary Groves, from left, and Kate and Ed Bialas at Texas Children's Ambassadors wraps up #GivingTuesday week December 2014
10 Rachel andDrew Fucci at Texas Children's Ambassadors wraps up #GivingTuesday week December 2014
36 Dessert table at Texas Children's Ambassadors wraps up #GivingTuesday week December 2014
13 Lilly and Thurmon Andress at Texas Children's Ambassadors wraps up #GivingTuesday week December 2014
12 Jan Duncan, from left, Mike McSpadden and Anne van Horn at Texas Children's Ambassadors wraps up #GivingTuesday week December 2014
11 Joan and John Scales, from left, and Mike and Carol Linn at Texas Children's Ambassadors wraps up #GivingTuesday week December 2014
30 Leslie and Michael Fertitta at Texas Children's Ambassadors wraps up #GivingTuesday week December 2014
16 Laura Cureton, from left, Carolyn and David Anderson and Cameron Cureton at Texas Children's Ambassadors wraps up #GivingTuesday week December 2014
20 Karla and Jorge Goudet at Texas Children's Ambassadors wraps up #GivingTuesday week December 2014
39 A tree of lights with gifts at Texas Children's Ambassadors wraps up #GivingTuesday week December 2014

Texas Children's Hospital Ambassadors are experts at elegant entertaining and tops in generous giving as witnessed at the annual holiday party, a glamorous affair held at the River Oaks home of Lindsay and Rand Holstead. The evening capped off a year of fundraising that resulted in a gift of $1.45 million to the hospital.

More than 600 supporters made merry in the beautiful home and overflowed into lavishly decorated party tents where City Kitchen provided the made-to-order paella and ravioli and the Greg Giacona Quartet delivered pop tunes and sounds of the season.

The revelry was not without its serious side as Carol and Mike Linn, chairs of the hospital's new Promise Campaign, presented a moving tribute on the work of Texas Children's and then as ambassadors of good cheer presented Dr. Charles Hankins, chief medical officer of the new Texas Children's Hospital in The Woodlands, with the seven-figure check.

But that wasn't all of the giving. By night's end guests had filled the oversized box, dressed like a Christmas present, with T-shirts, socks and undies for the young patients. 

City Kitchen provided the sweet conclusion to the evening with a tempting array of desserts that included shot glass portions of pecan pie and chocolate mousse, holiday themed cookies, petit fours and cake balls. 

Savoring the night's delights were Leigh Ann and John Raymond, Laura Bellows and Jack Pendergrast, Nancy and Jim Gordon, Sybil Roos, Jan Duncan, Lilly and Thurman Andress, Barbara and Corby Robertson and Melissa and Brad Juneau.