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2009

Second Annual Service Awards Dinner


 
We started out this year with a private reception for award winners, their guests, and Medical Bridges staff in the foyer of the Rice Art Gallery, where Henrique Oliveira’s fabulous Tapumes exhibit debuted just a week prior.  What could be better than the combination of art, good company, and a champagne toast? The general reception next door at The Cohen House was no less enjoyable, featuring “The Eyes from Texas” display hosted by project leader Jerry Ritcheson and piano music provided by Rice University student Jennifer Lee. In addition, every guest received one free ticket for a chance to win one of seven awesome prizes—a “plus one” membership to Houston’s Health Museum, a Starbucks “Gold “membership, ten “slider tokens” to Little Bigs, a Premiere Movie Pack, a wine tasting party for twenty, two baseballs signed by Astros pitchers, and a baseball bat signed by the legendary Jeff Bagwell.
 
The Cohen House was a perfect venue to host our Second Annual Service Awards Dinner.  Located among the towering oak trees of the Rice University campus, it was both comfortable and elegant. With colorful centerpieces provided by Ten Thousand Villages, and Medical Bridges goodie bags and Dr. Agris’ book White Knight in Blue Shades as table favors, the room looked magnificent and no one went home empty handed. And of course, the food was delicious and service excellent.
 
Robert Lampkin, Medical Bridges’ Collaborative Partnership Manager, livened up the crowd as the Master of Ceremonies before calling up our guest presenter Dr. Joesph Agris, co-founder of the Zindler-Agris Children’s Foundation. A dynamic speaker, Dr. Agris gave a captivating presentation. Through pictures of just a handful of the hundreds of patients he has treated around the world, Dr. Agris was able to evoke emotion and convey the great healthcare needs that exist worldwide. His stories about his experiences in places like rural Bolivia, conflict-riddled Pakistan, Cold War Russia, and newly post-war Vietnam make Dr. Agris both fascinating and admirable. Medical Bridges is truly honored to have a strong friendship with and the mutual support of Dr. Agris, as we continue to work together toward bridging the healthcare gap worldwide.


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