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Holocaust Museum Houston Unveiling Event; Sue and Lester Smith
Lester and Sue Smith (left) are celebrated local icons.  Photo by Wilson Parish
Honorees Lester and Sue Smith
The Smiths have gifted more than $150 million to Houston charities over the years.  Photo by Wilson Parish
Holocaust Museum LBJ award Dinner chairs Dinner Chairs Sue and Lester Smith_President George W. Bush_HMH Chairman Gary Markowitz
The Smiths (pictured here with former President George W. Bush) were ever-present in major fundraising circles. Photo by Wilson Parish
Sue Smith, Pitbull, and Lester Smith
Lester Smith was known for his ability to enjoy a good party (he and his wife, Sue, are noted ballroom dancers).  Photo by Michelle Watson
2019 Stages Repertory Theatre Gala
The Smiths (center) made headlines with a massive gift to Texas Children's Hospital and most recently, with a surprise check to Stages Theatre.  Photo by Priscilla Dickson