Top Houston Doctors and Scientists Celebrate in River Oaks: 20 Years of Life-Changing Research and One Sweet DinnerBY Shelby Hodge // 05.31.17
Bill & Courtney Toomey, Tatyana McFadden, Caroline & John Harrell
Al & Gigi Hergenroeder, Becky & John Crane
Marcia O'Malley, Matt Rasband, Cheryl Duff, Amit Srivastava, Gene Alford
Ann Wooldridge, Melinda & Jay Chernosky, Becky Neuhaus
Ashley & Peggy Smith, Howard Wolf
Bill & Laura Wheless, Kay Holmes, Gene Werlin
Sherrie Sale, Robert & Melissa Sale
Cynthia Adkins, Emily Hempel, Will Conner
Bruce & Christie Cameron, Jackie & Jay Martin
Chuck Holm, Kay MacIntyre
Jay Houren, Flo Crady
Jiaqian Wu, Pepe Contreras-Vidal, Elena Grassi, Marcia O'Malley
Larry & Julie Phillips, Jay & Jackie Martin, John Brousard
Bob MacIntyre, Melinda Chernosky, Ted Lyons
Robert Williamson, Caroline & John Harrell
Twenty years ago, TIRR Foundation was a fledgling entity with three researchers at three institutions studying spinal cord injuries. Today, the effort has grown to more than 120 researchers at more than 20 institutions and with the two-decade milestone anniversary, a celebration was in order.
Kicking the annual “Connect the Docs” fundraiser up a notch or two, organizers put together a festive dinner at River Oaks Country Club that, amid balloons and confetti, applauded the foundation’s success in groundbreaking brain and spinal cord injury research.
More than 200 joined the party at which the founding members of Mission Connect — Dr. Guy Clifton, Dr. Robert Grossman, and Claire Hulsebosch, Ph.D. — served as honorary chairs. In the mix were scientists who benefit from proceeds earned at the annual dinner and who informed their table mates of the discoveries and advances that their generosity was funding.
Guest speaker was the world’s most awarded Paralympian Tatyana McFadden, who talked about her principles and strategies for success that led her to 17 medals.
The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) Foundation created the Mission Connect research initiative and raises funds and directs the collaborative neurotrauma research project. The importance of the initiative is evidenced in the staggering figure of those suffering traumatic brain injury in this country each year — 1.7 million.
(The foundation is not to be confused with TIRR Memorial Hermann, the rehabilitation hospital.)
Who: TIRR executive director Cynthia Adkins, Marcia O’Malley, Laura and Bill Wheless, Gene Alford, Kay Holmes, Julie and Larry Phillips, Jackie and Jay Martin, John Brousard, Will Connor, Emily Hempel, Ted Lyons, Sherrie Sale, Melissa and Robert Sale, Peggy and Ashley Smith, and Courtney and Bill Toomey.