Gala chairs Dolly Dawson Thomas, Kim Weill, Elizabeth Kanaly, Elizabeth Grzebinski
Honorary chairs Kevin Black, Tony Bradfield
Denise Castillo-Rhodes, Robert Sergesketter
Catherine Comiskey, Stuart Nelson, Constance White
Bruno & Judice Filipe and Nadeem Anwar
Dr. Devinder & Gina Bhatia
Matthew Grubb, Elise Smith
Don & Shelli Larson, Debbie & Tom Ayers
Fady Armanious, Julie Chen, Camille Charvet
Jan & Robin Lindley
Jeff & Elyse Powers
John & Mary Craddock
Julie Herman, Margaret Goetz, Drs. Nate & Stephanie Deal
Mark & Kim Leonard
Drew & Elizabeth Kanaly
Mary & Ron Neal
Missy Dupree, Becky Turner
Morris & Michele White
Steven & Patricia Howard
Susan & Bryan Lastrape
What: Medical Bridges, “One People, One World” gala
Where: Hotel ZaZa Museum District
PC Moment: As fall officially arrived, the cooler temps brought Houstonians out to enjoy the weather and to participate in philanthropy, of course. More than 300 attended the annual “One People, One World” gala, benefitting Medical Bridges’s efforts toward recovering medical surplus that would otherwise be discarded and redistributing those products to hospitals, clinics and health care providers in less fortunate countries.
Four dynamic chairwomen Kim Weill, Elizabeth Grzebinski, Dolly Dawson Thomas and Elizabeth Kanaly along with honorary chairs Tony Bradfield and Kevin Black of Tenenbaum Jewelers welcomed guests. KHOU Channel 11 anchor Len Cannon led the evening encouraging attendees to take part in the wine bottle pulls, try their luck on a Tenenbaum Jewelers raffle, and bid on auction items while enjoying the sips and sounds as the evening festivities got underway. The chairs voiced their passion behind the cause, chairing the event for the second year in a row to help those in need of health care.
As the evening continued, the gala celebrated influential difference makers, including the Dr. David Wray Award recipient Elizabeth Kanaly. Ecuador’s Society for Fighting Cancer, SOLCA received the Medical Bridges Corporate Honoree Award. The Global Community Honoree Award recipient, Barbara Pierce Bush, was unable to attend. The appeal directed funds for Medical Bridges supplies to be delivered to people all over the world. Chevron, a long-time supporter, was a contributing presenting sponsor.
The gala closed the evening in a major way, tallying up more than $240,000 raised.
PC Seen: President and CEO of Medical Bridges Dorothy Bolettieri, Mary and Ron Neal, Steven Howard, Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia, Denise Castillo–Rhodes and Bob Sergesketter, Mike Weill, Pamela and Hayne Blakely, Drew Kanaly, Marguerite Swartz, Fady Armanious and Deana Blackburn.