Winter 2016 : Pappas serves up $101,500 to #endcancer
Pappas serves up $101,500 to #endcancer
Pappas Restaurants across Houston featured a unique opportunity on the
menu this fall: the chance to help #endcancer.
Select Pappas restaurants, including Pappasitos, Pappadeaux and Pappas
Bar-B-Q, launched the week-long campaign in September, offering guests
who donated $1 or more an MD Anderson #endcancer collector's cup. Pappas
matched every donation up to $50,000. Waiters got in on the fun, wearing
buttons that displayed how many donations they'd raised on their shift.
Guests also received stickers, which they could use to honor the names
of loved ones fighting cancer. The stickers were displayed proudly on
banners across the restaurant. Photo by F. Carter Smith.
Tom Rushing, of Houston, is a pancreatic cancer survivor of eight years.
After his initial diagnosis, he sought a second opinion at MD Anderson
and was placed in the care of Robert Wolff, M.D., chair ad interim,
General Oncology; Sheikh Zayed Distinguished University Chair in Medical
Oncology; and a co-leader of the Pancreatic Cancer Moon Shot. A senior
consultant with Merrill Lynch, Rushing has been a member of the
MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors since 2011, serving on the
board's Development Committee.
Businesswoman, educator, philanthropist and sports enthusiast Nita
Ambani, of Mumbai, India, joined the MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of
Visitors in 2014. She is founder and chairperson of the Reliance
Foundation, established in 2010 to provide impetus to various
philanthropic initiatives of Reliance Industries Limited. The efforts of
the group have touched the lives of more than 4 million people across
India, in more than 5,500 villages and urban locations.
Life Members of the MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors embody
philanthropy, leadership and a community spirit. Through their
dedication and devotion, this select group has furthered MD Anderson's
mission and advanced the institution toward its goal to end cancer.
Their belief in MD Anderson has motivated their personal generosity and
inspired that of others. True ambassadors of Making Cancer History®,
they've helped place MD Anderson at the forefront of cancer care,
research, prevention and education. In 2015, the board welcomed two new
Life Members: Lyda Hill of Dallas and James A. Baker, III, of Houston.