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M. D. Anderson Event to Honor Onsteads, Rogers and Couric, Support Chaplaincy Program

M. D. Anderson Event to Honor Onsteads, Rogers and Couric, Support Chaplaincy Program
M. D. Anderson News Release 07/25/01

Loving Hearts & Caring Hands Awards Dinner, benefiting the Department of Chaplaincy and Pastoral Education at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, will honor the contributions of community leaders Kay and Bob Onstead and the late Julie and Ben Rogers as well as Today Host Katie Couric.  The dinner event and auction takes place Aug. 16 at The Westin Galleria Hotel at 5060 W. Alabama.

The Onsteads have a long history of dedication to M. D. Anderson.  Bob Onstead has served on M. D. Anderson's Board of Visitors since 1987 and is a former chairman of the board.  Philanthropists and dedicated volunteers, the Onsteads have worked on behalf of the institution privately and through Randalls, the grocery company Onstead founded.  Over the years Randalls has orchestrated numerous community fund raisers to support cancer research and patient programs at M. D. Anderson.

Ben Rogers was a Life Member of M. D. Anderson's board and served for 21 years, until his death in 1994.  He and his late wife, Julie, were ardent advocates of cancer awareness programs and also supported the institution philanthropically for decades.  Their daughter, Regina, continues their legacy and serves on the board.  Each year, she honors an M. D. Anderson faculty or staff member with The Julie and Ben Rogers Award for Excellence to remember her parent's commitment and to recognize the importance of the work done by individuals.

Couric is being honored for her efforts to increase national awareness of colorectal cancer and the importance of screenings.  She also has raised funding to support research into eradicating the disease.  Although unable to attend the festivities, Couric has pre-recorded her words of thanks to be shown at the dinner.

Chairing this year's event, which is enjoying its ninth successful year, is Cindy Crane Garbs.  Retired newsman and local celebrity Steve Smith is emceeing the dinner.

The event's beneficiary — the Department of Chaplaincy and Pastoral Education — is a
24-hour in-house spiritual support program.  With a representation of virtually every faith, the department ministers to the needs of patients, families and staff by working collaboratively to enhance a supportive environment of love, care and hope and by educating and preparing individuals for ministry at M. D. Anderson and the outside community.

Last year's event garnered a record $336,220.

For more information about the event, please call 281/890-3597.


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