Significantly surpassing all past years’ fundraising totals, the eighth annual A Conversation With a Living Legend® in Houston raised more than $1,031,000 for MD Anderson’s Moon Shots Program. Proceeds will support the Prostate Cancer Moon Shot.
Condoleezza Rice, Ph.D., honoree of the May 21 event, spoke on domestic and international current affairs in an interview with Brit Hume of Fox News Channel during a sold-out dinner program. More than 900 guests listened as the conversation delved into such topics as Russia's President Vladimir Putin; the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya; and Rice’s withdrawal as speaker at this year’s Rutgers University commencement ceremony.
Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff, a member of the MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors, were event chairs. Kelli Kickerillo and Todd Forester were co-chairs and will lead next year’s event. Honorary chairs were Vicky and Harris Pappas, who chaired the 2013 Living Legend event honoring Emmitt Smith.
Rice served as the 66th U.S. Secretary of State from 2005 to 2009. She was the second woman and first African-American woman to hold the post. Rice also was the first woman to hold the position of assistant to the president for national security affairs, under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005. She’s currently a professor of global business and economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and of political science at Stanford University.
Since 2007, A Conversation With a Living Legend® in Houston has raised approximately $3,528,000 for MD Anderson research and patient care initiatives.