Big-deal Dallas philanthropists recently gathered at the George W. Bush Presidential Center for a dinner honoring Jane and Henry J. (Bud) Smith, recipients of the Legacy Award bestowed by the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas. The center’s highest honor recognizes individuals whose vision and dedication to brain research enable the center to explore the vast potential of the human mind.
Co-chairs Rita and Henry Hortenstine welcomed fellow altruists Lynn and Allan McBee, Lisa and Kenny Troutt, , Billie Leigh Rippey, John Marston, Paige Locke, Barbara and Steve Durham, and Tiffany and Paul Divis, who toasted the Smiths for generously gifting the funds necessary to endow a chair for medical science director Dr. John Hart Jr. and for their involvement in the center’s leadership council.
“My goal in creating the Center for BrainHealth was to make a difference in people’s lives through innovative research,” said Dr. Sandra B. Chapman, founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHealth and Dee Wyly Distinguished University Chair. “Jane and Bud Smith were instrumental in laying the foundation for our future to truly make an impact not only in Dallas, but across the country and around the world. With their leadership, we are on our way to making world brain health a reality.”
“The Center for BrainHealth is helping children who are struggling in school, veterans adjusting to civilian life, people who have had concussions or other brain injuries, and those of us who are simply aging,” said Bud Smith.“Supporting the center is one of the best investments that we have made.”
Past BrainHealth Legacy Award recipients include Dianne Cash, Debbie Francis, T. Boone Pickens, James Huffines, Dee Wyly, Daryl Johnston and Lee Roy Jordan.