Jocelyn White, emcee, said that KidneyTexas, Inc. has raised over $3,000,000 since 1999. She thanked this evening’s sponsors, including Dee Lincoln of Dee Lincoln Prime for her support in underwriting wines at all of the KidneyTexas, Inc. events and an Over-The-Top Award honoree; Gold Crown Valet, for sponsoring the valet services all year and Nerissa von Helpenstill and Dustin Holcomb of TOOTSIES, this evening’s host, Over-The-Top Award honorees and for their sponsorship of the fashion show produced by the inimitable Jan Strimple. Special recognition also went to Sue Goodnight, the namesake of the Sue Goodnight Service Award and also the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, along with Brian Whittington for this evening’s music.
Andrea Alcorn, president of KidneyTexas, Inc., spoke about how resilient everyone was for continuing their support of the organization through this past summer and fall’s tragedies, including Hurricane Harvey. She gave heartfelt thanks to sponsors and underwriters including honorary chairs Linda and Steve Ivy, Barbara and Don Daseke for hosting the Patron Party, luncheon chairs Susan Russell and Christine Martin and Don Russell and John Castorr.
Beneficiaries: Baylor Health Care System Foundation, which was granted $30,000 to fund their Hispanic Kidney Transplant Program to participate in a five-year study aiming to implement and evaluate a culturally competent transplant center program tailored to Hispanics to increase the rate of living donor kidney transplants (LDKT) within this population; Camp Reynal, which enables over 100 children to enjoy summer camp and is equipped to handle their medical needs, $19,500; Children’s Medical Center Foundation received $20,500 for hemodialysis and blood pressure machines; Parkland Health and Hospital Foundation was given $30,500 for a kidney dialysis unit; Texas Health Resources Foundation received $14,214 for a hemodialysis machine; UT Southwestern Medical Center received $29,925 towards kidney related research to Identify the role of FGF23 in cardiac function in states of hyperphosphatemia but with normal renal function.