Memorial Hermann Climbs The Highest Gala Mountain In Houston

June 17, 2024
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Memorial Hermann’s No Mountain High Enough Gala Dazzles In $4.8 Million Night

By Rob Giardinelli     Photography by Katy Anderson, Johnny Than, and Michelle Watson

Bobby Dees, Hallie Vanderhider, Anne Neeson and Craig Janies

THE SCENE: The Hilton Americas-Houston was the setting for one of Space City’s top galas, and as always, raised the stakes for fun and fundraising in a city already well-known for hosting epic philanthropic events. Over 500 business leaders, sociables, and philanthropists were on hand for Memorial Hermann’s annual spring gala. The theme, No Mountain High Enough, was in full display throughout the night and the result was an event that climbed the highest mountain and soared to new heights.

THE VIBE: The black-tie crowd featured a vibrant mix of ensembles with bright colors blending with more traditional formal wear, creating a sophisticated, yet welcoming environment for all. The night began with a cocktail reception in the venue’s ballroom foyer. After guests posed for photos on a stunning, mountain-style step and repeat that beautifully combined pastel and white flowers with greenery and nature elements, they grabbed their favorite spirits and mingled.

Patrons then gathered in the ballroom for dinner and the main program. Revelers were greeted with a choir of Memorial Hermann employees singing Ain’t No Mountain High Enough alongside the Ernest Walker Band, in honor of the evening’s theme. As diners savored a multi-course meal courtesy of Chef Aaron Bludorn, they were treated to words from event leaders on how their support helps assist so many patients in the Memorial Hermann system.

The crescendo of the evening happened during the dessert portion when the announcement of a $500,000 donation was made to the adoring crowd. This created a euphoria around the room and resulted in a flurry of additional donations. On an emotional high from the incredible giving by the audience, the fun continued well into the night with an after-party where revelers could dance the night away and bask in being a part of one of Houston’s most beloved fundraising events.

THE NON-PROFIT: The event, chaired by Hallie Vanderhider, and honored longtime supporters Melinda and Greg Armstrong, Linda and Willie Chiang, Jane and Harry Pefanis, and Plains All American, raised over $4.8 million for the Memorial Hermann Foundation. Proceeds raised from the event will benefit Memorial Hermann programs and equipment including Memorial Hermann Life Flight®, the nation’s busiest air ambulance service.

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