A Conversation With a Living Legend® honors international architect Santiago Calatrava

PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff to lead interview at MD Anderson Cancer Center benefit luncheon in Dallas

The 28th annual A Conversation With a Living Legend® in Dallas, Sept. 14 at the Hilton Anatole, honors architect, artist and engineer Santiago Calatrava, Ph.D. The luncheon, benefiting The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, will feature an interview led by Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor of “PBS NewsHour.” Proceeds will support MD Anderson’s Moon Shots Program™, a comprehensive effort to significantly reduce cancer deaths and transform cancer care.

Since A Conversation With a Living Legend® originated in North Texas in 1990, the event has raised more than $16 million for MD Anderson. In total, more than $35 million has been raised to support lifesaving work at MD Anderson from similar events in Washington, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Houston and San Antonio.

Calatrava, originally from Valencia, Spain, is internationally known for award-winning design projects including the Bac de Roda Bridge in Barcelona, Spain; the Stadelhofen Railway Station in Zurich, Switzerland; the Lyon Saint-Exupéry TGV station in Paris, France; the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia; the Sundial Bridge in Redding, California; and the World Trade Center Transportation Hub and St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in New York. Projects in Dallas include the bridges over the Trinity River and “Wave,” Calatrava’s first large-scale, permanently installed sculpture in the United States, at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows Museum.

Woodruff has covered politics and other news for more than four decades at CNN, NBC and PBS. For 12 years, she served as anchor and senior correspondent for CNN, anchoring the weekday program “Inside Politics.” At PBS from 1983 to 1993, she was the chief Washington correspondent for “The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour.” From 1984 to 1990, she anchored PBS’ weekly documentary series “Frontline with Judy Woodruff.” After working as NBC News White House correspondent from 1977 to 1982, she served as “Today” chief Washington correspondent for one year.

This year’s event chair Su-Su Meyer of Dallas and a steering committee of North Texas community and business leaders have raised more than $567,000 to date. Andrews Distributing and Lyda Hill are $100,000 Presenting Sponsors. Returning as Red Carpet Underwriters at the $15,000 level are the Rosewood Corporation, supplying event favors, and Sewell Automotive, providing valet services. In addition, sponsors include:

Dallas ($50,000)
Su-Su and Jerry Meyer

New York City ($25,000)
Corrigan Family Holdings
Barbara Thomas Lemmon
Gayle and Paul Stoffel

Dubai ($15,000)
Al G. Hill Jr.
Marty Leonard
Elizabeth and Don O'Neal
Mary Martha and John Pickens
Annette Simmons

Rio de Janeiro ($10,000)
Heather and Scott Alexander/Jean and Erik Hansen/Juli and Bob Harrison
Sally and Buford Berry/Jan and Bob Pickens
C. Pharr & Company Ink
Ernst & Young
Pat and Charles McEvoy
Kim Raynor in honor of Lisa Grubbs
Trinity Industries Inc.

Dublin ($5,000)
Allie Beth and Pierce Allman
Anita and Truman Arnold
Anne Marie and Doug Bratton
Mary and Bo Howard
Patty Hayes Huffines
Karen and Charles Matthews
Meek Foundation
Sammye and Mike Myers
Betsy and Wade Nowlin
Sherri and Bobby Patton
Jean and John Roach
Karee and Greg Sampson
Shari and John Stankey

Calgary ($3,000)
Cathy and Robert Allday
Carol and Dave Anderson
Mrs. Jack P. Gunter
Joy and Craig Lentzsch
Beverly and Robert Nichols
Bettye and Wade Nowlin
Ashley Scott Rankin
Kathy Kurtin and Alan Stewart

For information call 866-262-9029 and press 1 to leave a message, email events@mdanderson.org or visit mdanderson.org/livinglegend.