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Diane Lokey Farb, left, with Greg and Patsy Fourticq at the 9th Annual Santa's Elves Event December 2014
Diane Lokey Farb, left, with Greg and Patsy Fourticq. Photo by Peter Baatz
Paige Fertitta, from left, Courtney Hill Fertitta, Ella Fertitta and Jason Fertitta at the 9th Annual Santa's Elves Event December 2014
Paige Fertitta, from left, Courtney Hill Fertitta, Ella Fertitta and Jason Fertitta. Photo by Peter Baatz
Laura and Andrew McCullough at the 9th Annual Santa's Elves Event December 2014
Laura and Andrew McCullough. Photo by Peter Baatz
John B. Connally IV and Nellie Connally at the 9th Annual Santa's Elves Event December 2014
John B. Connally IV and Nellie Connally. Photo by Peter Baatz
Sarah and Bradley Bracewell at the 9th Annual Santa's Elves Event December 2014
Sarah and Bradley Bracewell. Photo by Peter Baatz
Dr. Lynda Chin, Dr. Ron DePinho and Stephen Roddy with the choir at the 9th Annual Santa's Elves Event December 2014
Dr. Lynda Chin, from left, Dr. Ron DePinho and Stephen Roddy with the Houston Children's Chorus. Photo by Peter Baatz
Laine and Dave Santamaria at the 9th Annual Santa's Elves Event December 2014
Laine and Dave Santamaria. Photo by Peter Baatz
Ella Fertitta, left, with Diane and John B. Connally III at the 9th Annual Santa's Elves Event December 2014
Ella Fertitta, left, with John B. Connally III and Diane Connally. Photo by Peter Baatz
Kelli Blanton and Eddy Scurlock Blanton Sr. at the 9th Annual Santa's Elves Event December 2014
Kelli and Eddy Blanton. Photo by Peter Baatz
Jim and Dancie Ware at the 9th Annual Santa's Elves Event December 2014
Jim and Dancie Ware. Photo by Peter Baatz
Greg Fourticq Sr. left, and Greg Fourticq Jr at the 9th Annual Santa's Elves Event December 2014
Greg Fourticq Sr.,  left, and Gregory Fourticq Jr. Photo by Peter Baatz
Norma Sampson, left, and Regina Rogers at the 9th Annual Santa's Elves Event December 2014
Norma Sampson, left, and Regina Rogers. Photo by Peter Baatz
David and Cathy Herr at the 9th Annual Santa's Elves Event December 2014
David and Cathy Herr. Photo by Peter Baatz
Bill and Jenee Bobbora at the 9th Annual Santa's Elves Event December 2014
Bill and Jenee Bobbora. Photo by Peter Baatz
Paige Fertitta and the Houston Children's Chorus at the 9th Annual Santa's Elves Event December 2014
Paige Fertitta and the Houston Children's Chorus. Photo by Peter Baatz
Diane Lokey Farb, left, with Greg and Patsy Fourticq at the 9th Annual Santa's Elves Event December 2014
Paige Fertitta, from left, Courtney Hill Fertitta, Ella Fertitta and Jason Fertitta at the 9th Annual Santa's Elves Event December 2014
Laura and Andrew McCullough at the 9th Annual Santa's Elves Event December 2014
John B. Connally IV and Nellie Connally at the 9th Annual Santa's Elves Event December 2014
Sarah and Bradley Bracewell at the 9th Annual Santa's Elves Event December 2014
Dr. Lynda Chin, Dr. Ron DePinho and Stephen Roddy with the choir at the 9th Annual Santa's Elves Event December 2014
Laine and Dave Santamaria at the 9th Annual Santa's Elves Event December 2014
Ella Fertitta, left, with Diane and John B. Connally III at the 9th Annual Santa's Elves Event December 2014
Kelli Blanton and Eddy Scurlock Blanton Sr. at the 9th Annual Santa's Elves Event December 2014
Jim and Dancie Ware at the 9th Annual Santa's Elves Event December 2014
Greg Fourticq Sr. left, and Greg Fourticq Jr at the 9th Annual Santa's Elves Event December 2014
Norma Sampson, left, and Regina Rogers at the 9th Annual Santa's Elves Event December 2014
David and Cathy Herr at the 9th Annual Santa's Elves Event December 2014
Bill and Jenee Bobbora at the 9th Annual Santa's Elves Event December 2014
Paige Fertitta and the Houston Children's Chorus at the 9th Annual Santa's Elves Event December 2014

What: M.D. Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital ninth annual Santa's Elves party.

Where: The River Oaks estate of Paige and Tilman Fertitta.

The 411: Some 375 "Santa's Elves" turned out for the joyful evening that featured seasonal tunes performed by the Houston Children's Chorus, seven among the 50 young members have parents that work at M.D. Anderson. The party spread from the home, graced by 14 Christmas trees and beaucoup holidy cheer, to the terrace where a string quartet added special notes to the evening. 

Honorary chairs for the event that raised more than $82,000 were Patsy and Greg Fourticq, Gregory Fourticq Jr., Diane and John B. Connally III and Courtney Hill Fertitta and Jason Fertitta. Joining the party were M.D. Anderson president Dr. Ron DePinho and his wife, Dr. Lynda Chin.

Who: More than 50 supporters of the Children's Cancer Hospital served as chairs of the evening. Among those attending were Lacey and Matt Goossen, Amy and Rob Pierce, Catherine and Reed Barrett, Kelli and Eddy Blanton, Nellie Connally, John B. Connally IV, Sarah and Bradley Bracewell and Ashley and Lance Loeffler.

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