Gala Raises Millions
The recent dinner fundraiser at the Hilton Americas-Houston might have been a first for Houston Methodist but there were seasoned hands at the wheel which drove this evening to a remarkable $1.7 million in proceeds for the system's five hospitals.
Emily and Holcombe Crosswell and Loretta and Robert K. Moses Jr. guided "Rendezvous in Blue" to its stunning success, an achievement that had Houston Methodist Hospital System CEO Dr. Marc Boom clearly delighted.
Adding to the success were the honored six legacy couples, who have left shining imprints on the city — Ginger and Jack Blanton, Carolyn and John Bookout, Janet and ErnieCockrell, Anne and Charles Duncan, Lynda and David Underwood and Paula and Rusty Walter. They were celebrated by their children in a video presentation introduced by Jenna Bush Hager and Mark Vandemeer.
Hager's connection with Houston Methodist developed when former President George H.W. Bush, her grandfather, was treated there during an extended stay last year. As Voice of the Texans, Vandemeer knows a thing or two about Methodist as it is the official healthcare provider for the Houston Texans.
As special entertainment and a nod to Houston Methodist's outlook for advancements in research and treatment was the dance group, dressed in colorful LED-illuminated suits, that worked its way through the crowd as the lights dimmed and the music was ramped up. The evening closed with show band Professor D providing dance tunes.
Helping deliver the goods on this evening were Dr. Julie Boom, Judy and Larry Dierker, Anita and Dr. Tony Gotto, Kelli and Eddy Blanton, Estela and David Cockrell, Carol and Mike Linn.Kathy and John Orton, Anne and Dr. Jim Muntz, Lilly and Thurmon Andress, Mick Cantu, SandyWeill, Elizabeth Fenoglio and Blake Willeford.