M. D. Anderson Event to Honor Bob and Mica Mosbacher, Anne Mendelsohn
M. D. Anderson Event to Honor Bob and Mica Mosbacher, AnneMendelsohn
Department of Chaplaincy Fundraiser Enters its 10th Year
M. D. Anderson News Release 10/21/02
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 three community leaders – Anne Mendelsohn and Mica and Robert Mosbacher – on Nov. 5 at the River Oaks Country Club.
After her husband, Dr. John Mendelsohn, assumed the presidency of M. D. Anderson in 1996, Anne Mendelsohn enthusiastically embraced her new home and new role as an active cancer advocate. Before arriving in Houston, she distinguished herself in public television and fundraising. She has used her expertise in those fields to enhance many programs at M. D. Anderson, including initiating the very successful “Miracles and Milestones” birthday salute to Barbara and George Bush in 1999 that raised $10.2 million for M. D. Anderson. She is a strong supporter of the Department of Chaplaincy and Pastoral Education and has been instrumental in familiarizing the community with the importance of pastoral care at M. D. Anderson.
Mica Mosbacher, who is an award-winning feature writer, serves on the Board of the American Hospital in Paris and brought the National Council of Best Friends Foundation to Houston. She and her husband have hosted several events to introduce community and business leaders to the mission of M. D. Anderson and the chaplaincy program.
Bob Mosbacher, who is the former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, is a life member of M. D. Anderson’s Board of Visitors, twice taking the helm as chair of the board during his 25 years of service. Among his many contributions, Mosbacher chaired “Milestones and Miracles” gala to launch The George and Barbara Bush Endowment for Innovative Cancer Research. Mosbacher has remained involved in fund-raising efforts for that research endowment, helping increase the total amount raised to more than $23.6 million.
Chairing this year's event, which is enjoying its 10th successful year, is M. D. Anderson board member Desiree Lyon Howe. Honorary chairs are retired U.S. Congressman Bill Archer and his wife, Sharon. Honorary chairs are retired U.S. Congressman Bill Archer and his wife, Sharon. The event's beneficiary – the Department of Chaplaincy and Pastoral Education – is a 24-hour in-house spiritual support program. With a representation of many faiths, 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. For more information about the event, please call (281) 890-3597.