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Ebola angels: Nurses benefit with ties to Houston billionaire could not come at a better time

Ebola angels: Nurses benefit with tie to Houston billionaire matters

News, Shelby, UTMB Nurses luncheon, Joy Fertitta, Chris Goins, Susan Falgout, Oct. 2014
UTMB School of Nursing luncheon chairs Joy Fertitta, left, and Susan Falgout join Tootsies manager Chris Goins, center. Photo by Dave Rossman

Although the Holiday Style Fashion Show & Luncheon benefiting the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has been a year in the planning, the time could not have been better for the fundraiser that is set to take place at the Galveston Island Convention Center on Nov. 4.

As headlines report, two Dallas nurses are already in the spotlight for contacting Ebola, bringing to the forefront the critical role and sometimes dangerous work that nurses have in health care. UTMB has just announced that it will accept, for destruction, medical waste from Ebola patients and is preparing to receive Ebola patients. Coincidentally, proceeds from the luncheon are earmarked for the UTMB School of Nursing.

Joy Fertitta, mother of billionaire entrepreneur Tilman Ferittta, and Susan Falgout, Fertitta's cousin, are co-chairing the event that will feature fashions from Tootsies and will honor Houston-based designer Elaine Turner.

Tilman Fertitta will add his clout to the fundraising effort by contributing a VIP experience at his newest Golden Nugget casino in Lake Charles. Tickets are available here.