A Conversation With A Living Legend® sponsors lead 23rd annual fundraising efforts for UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

May 9 luncheon honors Right Honourable Tony Blair in interview with Greta Van Susteren, raising more than $773,000

MD Anderson News Release 05/21/12

The Right Honourable Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, was the headliner at A Conversation With a Living Legend® May 9 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. Greta Van Susteren, host of Fox News Channel’s “On the Record With Greta Van Susteren,” conducted the interview with Mr. Blair at the event, which attracted more than 660 guests.  The 23rd annual luncheon, supported by business and community leaders in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, raised more than $773,000 for research and patient care initiatives at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Luncheon chair was Amanda Bush, and Leo Corrigan III served as co-chair.

Andrews Distributing Company and AT&T were Presenting Sponsors with $100,000 contributions.
Other major sponsors were:

Buckingham Palace ($50,000): J. Baxter Brinkmann, Lyda Hill

Red Carpet - Watch Party ($30,000): Once Upon a Time…

Windsor Castle ($25,000): Sheila and Jody Grant, Stephanie and Hunter Hunt, T. Boone Pickens, Mary Martha and John Pickens, Lee Ann and Alan White/PlainsCapital Bank

Tower of London ($15,000): Exxon Mobil Corporation, Al G. Hill Jr., Dr. and Mrs. Mark L. Lemmon, Marty V. Leonard, SuEllen and John H. Wilson III

Red Carpet – The Car Stops Here ($15,000): Peggy and Carl Sewell

Big Ben ($10,000): C. Pharr & Company INK, Hodges Fund at the Community Foundation, Sally and Forrest Hoglund, Justiss Oil Co. Inc., Elizabeth and Don O’Neal, Mildred M. Oppenheimer, Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Pickens, Mr. and Mrs. B.M. Rankin Jr., Gayle and Paul Stoffel

Westminster Abbey ($5,000): Allie Beth Allman, Linda and Tommy Barrow, Philip Theodore Bee Charitable Trust, Mr. and Mrs. Douglas K. Bratton, Meek Foundation, Corrigan Properties Inc., Kathy and Bob Craine, Dr. and Mrs. Jack Gunter/Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Meyer/Dr. and Mrs. William Van Wyk/Mr. William Van Wyk III, Juli and Bob Harrison/Jean Liu Hansen and Erik Hansen, Jim and Joanie Hatcher Charitable Trust, Jackson Walker LLP, Stacie and David McDavid, Kit and Charlie Moncrief, Mr. and Mrs. John Muse, Betsy and Wade Nowlin Jr., Jean and John Roach, Thank Heaven Foundation and Texas Capital Bank

St. Paul’s Cathedral ($3,000): Amanda and George P. Bush, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Super Much Love, Don Lowrance, Beverly and Robert Nichols, Bettye and Wade T. Nowlin Sr., Bill Melton/Karee and Gregory Sampson, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Clark/ Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Sliger/ Mr. and Mrs. Tom Whatley, Texas Christian University, Peggy and Jere Thompson and Thompson & Knight Foundation.   

Since its inception in Dallas in 1990, A Conversation With a Living Legend® has raised $16.47 million through the annual Dallas luncheon and similar events in Houston, San Antonio, Atlanta, Las Vegas and Washington, D.C.

Including 2012 funds, the Dallas event has raised more than $12 million. In 2010, MD Anderson created an endowed Dallas/Fort Worth Living Legend Chair for Cancer Research at MD Anderson. With every
$1 million the event raises, a new chair is funded to enhance the institution’s ability to recruit and retain new faculty of the highest caliber, advance its research and patient care initiatives and train future generations of physicians and scientists.

For more information, call 866-262-9029 or email events@mdanderson.org.