The seventh annual Santa’s Elves Party at the Houston home of Paige and Tilman Fertitta raised more than $50,000 to benefit patient nutrition research at the MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital. The Houston Children’s Chorus provided entertainment for some 300 guests including, John B. Connally IV, Diane Connally, Nell Frances Connally and John B. Connally III.
MD Anderson’s Thomas Buchholz, M.D., provost and executive vice president ad interim, and Joya Chandra, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the pediatric patient nutrition research program, offered brief remarks. Honorary chairs were Patsy and Greg Fourticq and their son, Gregory Fourticq Jr., Diane and John B. Connally III, and Courtney Hill Fertitta and Jason Fertitta.
Ninety miles away that evening, Santa’s Elves also were at work at the home of Michele and Mitchell Smith in Beaumont. Hosts Camille and Chris Ohmstede and Sharon and Scott Parker welcomed 100 MD Anderson supporters, who raised approximately $11,000 for pediatric bone cancer research.