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Ambassadors for Texas Children’s Hospital

Families enjoyed a magical world of enchantment at the 8th annual Family Fun Day held at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center.

Missy and Wayne Herndon and Nicole and Will Murphy, along with their children, hosted the family event last summer. A mystical dragon, medieval king and queen, stilt-walking fairies and a magician greeted guests and ushered them into the enchanted forest.

Children also enjoyed a petting zoo, crafts and games, pony rides and a rock climbing wall. Attendees donated Legos®, crayons and markers, Hot Wheels® cars and Play-Doh to Texas Children’s Child Life Department, which provides developmental, educational and therapeutic interventions for children undergoing medical treatment.

Annual Holiday Parties filled with both cheer and goodwill.


On December 13, more than 300 guests gathered at the home of Marcia and Brig Smart to celebrate the eighth annual Ambassadors for Texas Children’s Hospital Holiday Party.

Guests were dressed in their holiday best as they entered a “Winter Wonderland.” The Smart residence was warm and welcoming, adorned with three festive trees, holiday lights and plenty of holly and jolly to go around. It was the picture-perfect setting for a merry time filled with food, music and joyful holiday spirit.

Carol and Mike Linn, co-chairs for Promise: The Campaign for Texas Children’s Hospital, welcomed guests and shared some of the hospital’s many successes from the past year. The Linns presented the Ambassadors’ annual check of more than $1.77 million in support of the campaign.

Guests donated a total of 18 bins filled with toys to Texas Children’s, with the hope of making the holidays a little brighter for our patients.


Last December, more than 100 guests gathered at the home of Stacey and Steve Bourque for the second annual Ambassadors for Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands Holiday Party. Guests were greeted by a trio of carolers, a twinkling Christmas tree and cheerful holiday décor, including an abundance of poinsettias that brought the spirit of the season to life in the Bourques’ conservatory.

Stacey Bourque welcomed guests and presented the group’s annual check — an incredible $819,000 — to Michelle Riley-Brown, president; Dr. Charles Hankins; and Dr. Jeff Shilt, chief surgical officer of Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands.

Guests gave back by donating gift cards that stocked birthday closets for pediatric patients, a Texas Children’s Hospital tradition cherished by patients and their families.

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