Celebrate Life 2013
On October 11, 2013, The Living Bank honored Margaret Alkek Williams at The Junior League of Houston. That evening, over 300 Texas Medical Center professionals, living donors, recipients and supporters celebrated life and the gift of living organ donation.
Margaret Alkek Williams brings awareness of the critical need for organ transplant donors
The Living Bank was privileged to honor Houston philanthropist, Margaret Alkek Williams, at their 45th Anniversary Celebrate Life event held Friday, October 11th at The Junior League of Houston.
Chaired by Dr. Joan S. Anderson, founding member, and Dr. E. Edward Reitman, long-time Chairman.
The evening was attended by many in the Texas Medical Center transplant community, including Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann, St. Luke’s Cooley Transplant Center and Texas Children’s Hospital. Other notable community champions that came out in show of their support were Dr. Guiseppe Colasurdo, President UT Health Science Center, Ileana Trevino, CEO Memorial Hermann Foundation, Jan Duncan, Beth Madison, Ralph Burch, Mary and Tony Gracely, Janet Gurthwitch, Denis DeBakey & Lavonne Cox, Marty Fein & Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein.
The Living Bank was the nation’s first organ donor registry, founded by five Houston women in 1968 when the Texas Medical Center was making transplant history. Today, the program focus of The Living Bank is living donation due to the prevalence of diabetes and kidney disease that has caused demand for kidney donors to exceed the number of deceased kidney donors.
Pictured Above Left: Margaret Alkek Williams, Honoree & Dr. Guiseppe Colasurdo, President, UT Health Science Center
Pictured Above Right: Mary Ann & David McKeithan
Pictured Above: Dr. Mark Hobeika,Transplant Surgeon, Memorial Hermann, Laura Hobeika, Julia Fallon and Dr. Michael Fallon, Director, Division of Gastroenterology, UT Health
Pictured Above: Janet Gurthwitch, Ronald Franklin and Donna Vallone
Pictured Above Left: Michael Treviño and Ileana Treviño, CEO, Memorial Hermann Foundation
Pictured Above Right: Marty Fein and Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein
Pictured Above: Jim Daniel, Margaret Alkek Williams, Catherine Kaldis and Andrew Kaldis
Pictured Above: Matt Girotto, Assistant Vice President, Department of Surgery, Texas Children's Hospital, Jennifer Girotto, Dr. Michael Braun, Head, Pediatric Renal Section, Chief Renal Section, Texas Children's Hospital Chief Pediatric Nephrology
Pictured Above Left: Christine Knight and Dr. Richard Knight, Transplant Surgeon, Houston Methodist
Pictured Above Right: Robert Davenport and Leisa Holland-Nelson
Pictured Above Left: Beth Madison and Ralph Burch
Pictured Above Right: Philamena and Arthur Baird
Pictured Above: Dr. E. Edward Reitman, Chariman Emeritus of The Living Bank and Dr. Joan S. Anderson, founding member of The Living Bank
Pictured Above: Lavonne Cox, Denis DeBakey, Margaret Alkek Williams
Pictured Above: Ambassador Arthur and Joyce Schechter
Pictured Above: Mary Gracely, Dr. Jon Gossett, Vice President and Chief Development Officer, St. Lukes Health System and Jan Duncan
Pictured Above: Christi Myers, Mistress of Ceremonies
Entertainment for the 2013 Celebrate Life event was exceptional and included contemporary ballet provided by Earthan Vessels, operatic harmony from the Three Sopranos and music played throughout the program by the Luxury Jazz Trio.
Earthen Vessels is a contemporary dance ensemble that performs dance that is relevant, poignant and entertaining to educate the public. The evening's performance was created by founder and artistic director, Sandra Organ Solis who was inspired by the stories of organ recipients, donors and families. Sandra was Houston Ballet’s first African American ballerina, completing 15 seasons and a soloist designation in her distinguished career. She is the daughter of the late surgeon Claude Organ, who received lifetime achievement honors from the American College of Surgeons as a surgeon of international renown. She is married to Dr. Carlos Solis.
The Three Sopranos: Nancy Curtis, Dr. Ana Treviño-Godfrey, Leigh Shipman and Pianist, Dr. Sarah Spencer.
Nancy Curtis enjoys a multifaceted career as a singer of opera, oratorio, symphonic repertoire and recitals. Ms. Curtis has studied at the Verdi Conservatory in Milan, Italy, the Dante Alghieri School in Florence and the Goethe Institute in Rothberg, Germany. She has been featured with opera companies that include the Houston Grand Opera and the New York City Opera.
Ana Treviño-Godfrey, Ph.D., earned her doctorate in Musical Arts from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. A founding member of Mercury Baroque, Ana has sung with the ensemble since its inception and has been a featured soloist with the Houston Chamber Orchestra. Her love of music and children inspired her to create Prelude Music Classes for Children.
Leigh Shipman’s solo career has included performances in opera, oratorio, musical theatre, community and sacred concerts, and recitals throughout the United States, Brazil, England and Eastern Europe. She has appeared as a soloist with Houston Masterworks Chorus, Houston Chamber Choir, Texas Master Chorale, Houston Bach Society, and Festival-Institute at Round Top.
Dr. Sarah Spencer received her bachelor's degree in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. She went on to receive a Master's and Doctorate in piano performance from Rice University. Dr. Spencer has performed in the Imagination Celebration at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., The Aspen Music Festival and the Shepard Recital Series. She has collaborated with renowned musical institutions from the Houston Symphony Orchestra to the National Symphony Orchestra and continues to work with faculty and artists nationwide.
Luxury Trio Jazz: Mike Henry, Lee Martin, John McBride. A tightly knit musical unit that is dedicated to the vanishing art of small ensemble jazz. Collectively the trio represents over 50 years of artistry.