Thank you for making our third annual Community Immunity Spring Luncheon a huge success! TIP supporters packed the ballroom at the Junior League of Houston last Thursday making this the largest luncheon yet and raising more than $150,000.
We couldn’t have done it without the help of our supporters and volunteers who went the extra mile to ensure the success of our event. Special thanks go to Kim and Scott David for chairing this year’s luncheon and for helping us exceed our fundraising goal.
This year came with a few changes as the Community Partnership Award was formally renamed the John R. Boettiger, Jr. Award for Community Partnership. In a proclamation from Harris County, read by Judge Ed Emmett, April 12th was also officially named the John R. Boettiger Day of Community Partnership. Both were in honor of the late John R. Boettiger, Jr., who served as a TIP board member and an outstanding volunteer.
Another invaluable TIP supporter, Houston Community College’s Coleman College for Health Sciences, received the first ever John R. Boettiger, Jr. Award for Community Partnership for their dedication in supplying bright and energetic students for our Immunization Champions program.
Our Immunization Champions program received further support through a generous $50,000 grant from St.Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities, presented at Thursday’s luncheon. We would like to thank SLEHC for their long-time support of the Immunization Champions program and we look forward to many more years of outstanding partnership.
The Ralph D. Feigin, M.D. Award for Excellence, presented by Susan Feigin Harris, went to Dr. Peter J. Hotez, President of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, an organization that works in partnership with Texas Children’s Hospital for Vaccine Development and the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.
Dr. Hotez’s presentation gave us valuable insight into vaccine-preventable diseases that ravage the world’s poorest populations and the work that is being done to stop them.
We are truly grateful for the outpouring of support we received at the luncheon. To date, ninety people have answered the call from our board President, Dr. Lindy McGee and have become members of our Big Shot society. You can still make a gift and support TIP by visiting our website.
We had a wonderful time and hope to see everyone in September for our Fall Fête, an exclusive event with Seth Mnookin, author of The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science and Fear.
There are a number of ways to get involved with TIP. Please visit our website for more information and we’ll see you at next year’s luncheon!