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February 02, 2011 - Hearts of Hope Luncheon - Benefiting Bo's Place

What: Presentation of the Robin Bush Award honoring Mark A. Wallace, President and CEO of Texas Children’s Hospital.

Where: Hilton Americas

When: Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Time: 11:30am

Ticket Prices: $200

Beneficiary: Bo's Place

Honoree(s): Mark Wallace

EMCEE: Lisa Malosky

Presenting Sponsor(s): Sue Smith and Craig Brown

Co-Chair(s): Chris and Merrell Athon, Dorothy and Ronny Cuenod

Executive Director: Mary Beth Staine

Committee Members: Gretchen and David Anderson, Allison and Joe Bailey, Terri Lacy and Jim Baird, Annie and Currie Bechtol, Carole and Bruce Bilger, Leslie and Jack Blanton Jr, Martha and Sam Bowen, Susan and Bob Boykin, Jyl and Keith Calcote, Melanie and Ed Cappel and more...

President(s): Michael G.Smith

Invocation: Rev. Dr. James T. Birchfield

Welcome: Lisa Malosky

Speaker: Merrell Athon, Mark Wallace, Mary Beth Staine, Ronny Cuenod

Menu: Raspberry and Feta Salad with Cous Cous, Rosemary Crusted Airline Chicken with Ancho Chilie Preserve, Cossole of White Beans, Slices Zuccini and Squash, Brocolini and Baby Carrot, Raspberry Mousse Trilogy with a White Chocolate Heart.

Attendance: 730

Attire: Business Attire

Event Coordinator: Elisabeth LaBorde

Board of Directors: Michael G.Smith (President), Sue Smith (President-Elect), Susan Harvin Lawhon (Vice President), Richard C.Kroger (Secretary), Allen D.Gibson (Treasurer), Frances Arnoult, John T, Bonno (CPA), Rodrigo Canedo), Staton M. Childers, Ronald P.Cuenod Jr., Blaine D.Edwards, Shari Fish, Julie Harris, Harry Holmes II,

Blacktie Photos by: Roswitha Vogler/

 Palmer Hutcheson, Larry Neuhaus (Father of Bo), Andy Johnston
Palmer Hutcheson, Larry Neuhaus (Father of Bo), Andy Johnston

Over 700 people attended the 'Heart of Hope' Luncheon benefitting Bo's Place at the Hilton Americas. Guests arrived as early as 11:30 am to pick-up their table numbers at the registration.

The tables were preset with salad and dessert as well as beautifully decorated with flowers and Bo's Buddy, which were offered for a donation at the end of the luncheon. Welcoming remarks were given by Lisa Malosky followed by the invocation by the Reverend Dr.James T. Birchfield. Guest enjoyed a delightful lunch featuring Rosemary Crusted Airline Chicken.

The Honoree Mark Wallace, CEO of Texas Children Hospital, gave a moving remark on his Vision 2010, a $1.5 billion investment in the future of pediatric healthcare, and four ambitious strategic initiatives to add the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute a texas Children's Hospital, the Texas Chidren's Maternity Center, the Texas Children's Hospital West Campus and expansion of the Feigin Center for pediatric research. A video was shown after the presentation to outline his vision.

The highlight of the luncheon was the presentation of the Robin Bush Award to Merrell Athon. Mary Beth Staine gave remarks about Bo's Place with a slide show showing the positive results of this organisation.

About Bo's Place

"Where Children are Heard and Hearts are Healed"

 Bo’s Place is named in memory of Laurence Bosworth Neuhaus, Jr.   Bo died of liver cancer in 1985 when he was twelve years old.  Bo’s faith, humor and openness were strength to his family.  “If I should die any time soon,” he wrote, “I want balloons, a lot of helium balloons, and fireworks because I want it to be a celebration.  God would want it that way and therefore, so do I.”  Bo left behind a lasting legacy of warmth and love that is reflected in the programs at Bo’s Place.

In this spirit, the tears at Bo’s Place are tears that heal, bringing with them hope and recovery so children can grieve and move forward.

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