Living Legend luncheon to honor Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., M.P.H. in Dallas

The Hon. Jeanne Phillips to interview ‘father of aerobics’ at MD Anderson Cancer Center benefit 

The 27th annual A Conversation With a Living Legend® in Dallas, Sept. 28 at the Hilton Anatole, will honor Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., M.P.H., founder of The Cooper Clinic and The Cooper Institute. The luncheon event, benefiting The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, will feature an interview led by the Honorable Jeanne Phillips, senior vice president for Corporate Affairs and International Relations for Hunt Consolidated Inc. and president of its corporate engagement and social responsibility entity, Hunt Global Partnerships. Proceeds will support MD Anderson’s Moon Shots Program, a comprehensive effort to significantly reduce cancer deaths and transform cancer care.

As 2016 chairs, Beverly and Robert Nichols lead a dynamic steering committee of North Texas community and business leaders who already have raised $569,000 to date.

Sponsors include:

Presenting Sponsors ($100,000)
Andrews Distributing (10th consecutive year)
Lyda Hill

Red Carpet
Northern Trust in honor of Lyda Hill – VIP Reception
Ernst & Young – VIP Reception Favors
The Rosewood Corporation – Event Favors
Peggy and Carl Sewell / Sewell Automotive – Valet

Cooperized ($50,000)
Lisa and Kenneth Troutt

Ultra Marathon ($25,000)
Corrigan Family Holdings
Gene and Jerry Jones
Plains Capital Bank
Gayle and Paul Stoffel

Marathoner ($15,000)
Marty Leonard
Elizabeth and Don O'Neal
Barbara Thomas and Dr. Mark Lemmon

Half Marathon ($10,000)
Al G. Hill Jr.
Patty Hayes Huffines
Mr. and Mrs. Mike Myers

5-10K Runner ($5,000)
Allie Beth and Pierce Allman
Linda and Tommy Barrow
The David B. Miller Family Foundation
Hunt Consolidated
Karen and Charles Matthews
Meek Foundation
Beverly and Robert Nichols
Betsy and Wade Nowlin Jr.
Mary Martha and John Pickens
Karee and Greg Sampson
Mary and Mike Terry

Regular Exerciser ($3,000)
Anita and Truman Arnold
Su-Su and Jerry Meyer
Bettye and Wade Nowlin Sr.
Linda and Joel Robuck

Cooper, a pioneer in preventive medicine, is the first physician to take the spotlight at A Conversation With a Living Legend®. Forty-eight years ago, he coined the word “aerobics,” prompting an international physical fitness movement and inspiring millions to exercise for good health. Today, he is chairman of seven health and wellness companies and The Cooper Institute, a research and education nonprofit, with a second aerobics center at Craig Ranch in McKinney. At age 85 and having logged more than 38,000 miles running, he is revolutionizing health and fitness again, calling on America and the world to Get Cooperized™ and follow his eight steps to living better.

From 2001 until 2003, Phillips was the U.S. permanent representative to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development under President George W. Bush, ranking as an ambassador in Paris. She was executive director and chairman of the 54th and 55th Presidential Inaugural Committees, respectively. In 2013, she chaired the George W. Bush Foundation dedication events. Born in Arkansas, she has lived the past four decades in Dallas and is widely respected for her community involvement.

Since the event originated in 1990, A Conversation With a Living Legend® in North Texas has raised nearly $15.5 million for MD Anderson. Including the Dallas-Fort Worth area funds raised, this successful format has generated a total of more than $33 million from additional events in Washington, D.C.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Atlanta, Ga.; Houston; and San Antonio.

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