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An oilman comic: Lester Smith cracks 'em up at On the Move luncheon for MS research

An oilman comic: Lester Smith cracks 'em up at On the Move luncheon for MS research

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Katie Brass , Dr. Jerry Wolinsky , Franelle Rogers , Lesha Elsenbrook Photo by Kim Coffman
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Lester Smith , Sue Smith Photo by Kim Coffman
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Tom Elsenbrook , Debbie Martinez Photo by Kim Coffman
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Wendy Bedortha , Sharon Wilson Photo by Kim Coffman
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Stephanie Cockrell , Brooke Robertson Photo by Kim Coffman
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Melanie Lawson , Franelle Rogers , Lester Smith Photo by Kim Coffman
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Emily Covey , Kay Holmes Photo by Kim Coffman
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Suzanne Johnson , Ernest Johnson Photo by Kim Coffman
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Bobbi Kirlin , Judi Johnson Photo by Kim Coffman
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Nothing like a little oilman levity to brighten the spirits at an event where the focus is on a serious, debilitating disease — multiple sclerosis. Funny man/philanthropist/world champ ballroom dancer Lester Smith delivered his punch lines with gusto at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society "On the Move" fundraiser at Hotel ZaZa.

As the 420 guests finished their lunch, Smith read excerpts from his book, You Gotta Dance Like No One's Watching, adlibbed and had everyone under his jocular spell. Wearing big smiles at Smith's presentation were luncheon chair Franelle Rogers, honorary chair and MS patient Katie Brass, Person on the Move honoree Lesha Elsenbrook and emcee Channel 13 KTRK news anchor Melanie Lawson, who also has MS.

Dr. Jerry Wolinsky accepted Company on the Move honors for the UT Health Science Center Department of Neurology MS Clinic. A charming Ann Young shared her personal story of having been diagnosed and now living with MS.

This was Rogers' third consecutive year to chair the luncheon where supporters included Tom Elsenbrook, Joelle Rogers, Regina Rogers, A.J. Brass, Joyce and Sanford Brass, Nidhika Mehta, Amy Zadok, Brooke Robertson, Stephanie Cockrell, Debbie Martinez and Ginger Kanaly.