Memorial Hermann Foundation Circle Of Life Gala Astounds With Fundraising
By Jennifer Roosth
Photography by Michele Watson/CatchLight Group
THE SCENE: The Memorial Hermann Foundation recently hosted its annual Circle of Life Gala at the Hilton Americas-Houston, raising $2.9 million dollars with over 1,600 guests. The memorable event transformed the gala venue’s ballroom with beautiful white clouds adorned in crystals and a helicopter made of fresh flowers. Following a delicious dinner, the audience filled the dance floor and enjoyed music from Atlanta-based band Simply Irresistible, which included more than 40 performers.
THE VIBE: Chaired by Susan Sarofim and the Memorial Hermann Foundation Board, the evening proved to be one of the most entertaining and exciting events of the year, punctuated by special tributes. After moving tributes to both Memorial Hermann Life Flight® founder, the late Dr. James H. “Red” Duke, Jr., and Dan Wolterman, who recently announced his retirement from his post as president and CEO of Memorial Hermann, Houston’s elite philanthropic and business community, along with Houston’s brightest medical minds danced the night away.
THE CAUSE: Clarence Cazalot, Walter Johnson, and Jim Smith served as honorary Chairs for the sold-out event. The evening’s honoree, Memorial Hermann’s own “Father of Trauma” and Memorial Hermann Life Flight® founder, the late Dr. James H. “Red” Duke, Jr. was instrumental in developing and bringing the air-ambulance program to Houston in 1976 and served as its medical director for nearly four decades. Since its inaugural flight, Life Flight has become one of the most successful air-ambulance programs in the country.