Society / The Seen

NPR Star Captivates a Houston Crowd with an Impassioned Health Care Services Defense

Sticking Up for the Forgotten

BY // 03.06.17
photography Daniel Ortiz

What: El Centro de Corazón 10th Annual Making a Difference Luncheon

Where: Hotel ZaZa

PC Moment: El Centro’s CEO Marcie Mir‘s remarks on the non-profit’s efforts toward improving access to health care for low income families and communities set the stage for keynote speaker and NPR anchor/reporter Maria Hinojosa, who captivated the crowd with a personal testimony to the importance of El Centro and other like-minded organizations benefitting the needy and under-served. The six-figure amount raised goes directly toward El Centro’s patients, 97 percent of whom live below the federal poverty level.

Who: Chairs Leisa Holland-Nelson and Leila Perrin; honorary chairs Philamena and Arthur Baird; honoree Karen Love; corporate honoree NRG, honors received by president  Elizabeth Killinger; emcee Gina Gaston; Bill King, Beckie and Gasper Mir, Houston Methodist’s Cathy Easter and D. Charles Millikan, H-E-B’s Cyndy Garza Roberts, Sippi Khurana, Shawntell McWilliams, and Roxann Neumann.

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