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Santa’s Elves spread holiday joy to pediatric programs

Promise - Spring 2013

Honorary chair Jason Fertitta and hostess Paige Fertitta. Photos by Pete Baatz

The seventh annual Santa’s Elves Party at the Houston home of Paige and Tilman Fertitta raised more than $50,000 to benefit patient nutrition research at the MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital. The Houston Children’s Chorus provided entertainment for some 300 guests including, pictured below, John B. Connally IV, Diane Connally, Nell Frances Connally and John B. Connally III. MD Anderson’s Thomas Buchholz, M.D., provost and executive vice presidentHonorary chairs Diane and John B. Connally III with Nell Frances Connally and John B. Connally IV. ad interim, and Joya Chandra, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the pediatric patient nutrition research program, offered brief remarks. Honorary chairs were Patsy and Greg Fourticq and their son, Gregory Fourticq Jr., Diane and John B. Connally III, and Courtney Hill Fertitta and Jason Fertitta. Barbara Aksamit and John Crabb add to the Santa's Elves giving tree.Ninety miles away that evening, Santa’s Elves also were at work at the home of Michele and Mitchell Smith in Beaumont. Hosts Camille and Chris Ohmstede and Sharon and Scott Parker welcomed 100 MD Anderson supporters, who raised approximately $11,000 for pediatric bone cancer research.

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