Shelby's Social Diary
Is there a doctor in the house? The answer was a resounding yes at Texas MedicalAssociation gala
The docs put away their scrubs and lab coats on Friday night in favor of party clothes for the 18th annual Texas Medical Association Foundation Gala, held in conjunction with the Texas Medical Association's annual meeting, TexMed, which is held in a different city each year.
More than 500 physicians, health care industry leaders and representatives of the business and academic worlds poured into the ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Hotel for the soirée that raised $300,000 for statewide and local health initiatives such as TMA's Hard Hats for Little Heads and TMA's Be Wise — Immunize program.
Two well-known Houston doctors chaired the gala with their spouses — Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein and Martin Fein and plastic surgeon Dr. Russell Kridel and Cheryl Kridel.
Drs. Fein and Kridel presented the Houston Health Leaders awards with medical honors going to M.D. Anderson radiologist and anti-tobacco activist Dr. Joel S. Dunnington. H-E-B and the grocer's Houston president Scott McClelland received the business award for the corporation's and McClelland's personal involvement across the Houston community. He developed H-E-B's Souper Bowl of Caring, the state's largest food drive. Recipe for Success founder Gracie Cavnar was honored with the community award for her dedication to battling childhood obesity.
Applauding their various efforts were Margaret Alkek Williams, Jim Daniel, Dr. Yvonne Cormier, Regina Rogers, Bob Cavnar, Judge David Hittner, Bill Davis, Alma and Dr. Tom Garcia, Dr. William Flemming III and Drs. Louise and Henry Bethea.