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Celebrating Legendary Americans

An Evening with a Legend Events

President George W. Bush

February 2015

Texas Children’s Cancer Center proudly celebrated the 10th anniversary of An Evening with a Legend with a magnificent evening honoring President George W. Bush. CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer returned to the stage as the host for the first time since hosting the 2003 Legends event with Robert Duvall.

Presented by Wells Fargo, this memorable event was chaired by Carolyn and David Light, Susan and David Light, and Melissa and Mano DeAyala. More than 1,000 attendees packed the Hilton Americas Ballroom to hear President Bush and Bob Schieffer in an intimate and jovial conversation about life, family and politics. President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush accompanied their son to the event, which raised $1.2 million for research. Texas Children’s Cancer Center treats more children with cancer than any other organization in the United States

Bringing the Party to the Kids

2015 Children’s Party

In conjunction with An Evening with a Legend, the Children’s Party committee hosts a pre-event each year to celebrate the patients whom the hospital proudly serves. Cancer Center patients and their families showed their patriotic pride at a literacy-themed Children’s Party. Patients participated in arts and crafts, jewelry-making, storytelling and even designing their own U.S. flags with their handprints. Meanwhile, their parents relaxed and enjoyed complimentary massages.


Chancellor William H. McRaven

May 2016

In the words of William H. McRaven, Chancellor of The University of Texas System, “You can’t change the world alone.” This is certainly true in the fight against devastating diseases like pediatric cancer. Thanks to the more than 800 guests who came together for the 11th annual An Evening with a Legend, the event raised more than $845,000 in support of Texas Children’s Cancer Center.

A sea of burnt orange flowers and tons of Longhorn pride filled The Westin Galleria ballroom for this sold-out evening, presented by Wells Fargo. Cynthia and John Adkins, Nancy and Jim Gordon, and Sonny and Jodie Jiles served as honorary chairmen. The Houston Chapter of The University of Texas Longhorn Alumni Band kicked off the night in true Longhorn spirit with a special rendition of the UT fight song that had all guests on their feet. Mark A. Wallace, president and CEO of Texas Children’s Hospital, served as the evening’s emcee, and Dr. David Poplack, director of Texas Children’s Cancer Center, delivered welcome remarks, speaking on behalf of the patients and families at the Cancer Center.

During an on-stage interview led by Mike Perrin, Athletics Director at The University of Texas at Austin, the Chancellor discussed his vision for The University of Texas System, his time as a Navy Admiral, and the mission he led to capture Osama bin Laden. An unprecedented live auction featured the Chancellor’s personal “wanted” poster of bin Laden, signed by the famous Navy SEAL Team Six he led as Commander of United States Special Operations Command; a football signed by Chancellor McRaven and Mike Perrin; and a special cow, Moo-T, named by a three-year-old Texas Children’s Cancer Center patient and painted by Kermit Eisenhut in honor of The University of Texas System.

Under the leadership and vision of the event founders, Lynn Baird, Flo Crady, Emily Crosswell and Ned Torian, An Evening with a Legend has raised more than $47 million for Texas Children’s Cancer Center.

Big Fun for Little Texans


2016 Children’s Party

Texas Children’s Cancer Center patients and their families were treated to a morning of collegiate spirit and fun on April 14, 2016, for the An Evening with a Legend Children’s Party. The University of Texas–themed party featured Longhorn-inspired kids’ crafts, Shipley Do-Nuts and massages for parents. Patients and their siblings participated in a special art project, painting a canvas of the state of Texas, filled with bluebonnets. Each flower represented one of the 14 institutions that Chancellor McRaven oversees. Children had the opportunity to submit names for the colorfully painted cow statue created by local artist Kermit Eisenhut.

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