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Conquest - Spring 2009

The Oklahoma State University marching
band greets T. Boone Pickens as he
enters A Conversation With a Living
Legend in Dallas.

Since 1990, A Conversation With a Living Legend luncheons in Houston, Dallas and Washington, D.C., have raised more than $8 million for M. D. Anderson’s research, patient care and educational initiatives. Events held in Houston and Dallas in 2008 continued this popular tradition.

On Oct. 24, 2008, the 19th annual A Conversation With a Living Legend in Dallas featured oil and gas industry entrepreneur and longtime philanthropist T. Boone Pickens in an interview with Evan Smith, president and editor-in-chief of Texas Monthly.

As some 800 guests found their places, the event’s fundraising tally topped $905,000, including a $100,000 contribution from the T. Boone Pickens Foundation. A surprise announcement from John Mendelsohn, M.D., president of M. D. Anderson, revealed that Madeleine Pickens had moments before offered a donation bringing the total to $1 million.

On Dec. 9, 2008, in Houston, the second annual A Conversation With a Living Legend, which raised more than $400,000, featured the dynamic presidential campaign duo Mary Matalin and James Carville.

Veteran ABC News correspondent Sam Donaldson interviewed the couple, while former Houston television news anchor Shara Fryer led the program as mistress of ceremonies.

Matalin and Carville co-authored The New York Times best-seller, “All’s Fair: Love, War and Running for President,” in 1994. Between them, they’ve worked for every U.S. president during the past 25 years.

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