Powerhouse Houston couple keeps giving and giving — and gets their name on a Texas Children's building
What: Dedication of the newly renovated Lester and Sue Smith Clinic at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers.
Where: At Texas Children's Hospital.
The 411: Generous philanthropists and dynamic ball chairs Lester and Sue Smith were in the spotlight at the clinic dedication that included a serenade by a young cancer survivor, proclamations from the mayor and governor and reading of letters of congratulations and praise fromBob Schieffer, Robert Duvalland President George H. W. Bush. The Smiths chaired back-to-back galas benefiting Texas Children's Cancer Center in 2011 and 2012 that combined raised $41 million, thanks to the couple's dollar for dollar match.
The dedication ceremony celebrated the Smiths' commitment to supporting genomic research at Texas Children’s to advance treatments and find a cure for childhood cancers.
Who: Texas Children's CEO Mark Wallace, cancer center director Dr. David Poplack, medical director of the long term survivor clinic Dr. ZoAnn Dreyer, City Councilwoman Ellen Cohen, Flo Crady, Cora Sue and Harry Mach, Holcombe Crosswell, Ned Torian, Shelly Barineau, Lynn Baird, Marie Bosarge and Dr. Paul Klotman.