More than 1,000 supporters of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children enjoyed an evening under the stars at the hospital’s largest annual fundraiser, Treasure Street. These philanthropists may know how to have a good time, but they mean business, having raised more than $8 million for the care of young patients since the inception of this signature event in 1996.
Event co-chairs Stacey and State Rep. Dan Branch truly outdid themselves, working with the theme "The Great State of Texas" to bring guests some of the best comfort food around.
Their best move was bringing in chef chair Janice Provost of Parigi, who served wild boar Frito pie right from the bag. Lisa Perini of Perini Ranch Steakhouse offered peppered beef tenderloin and chopped blue cheese salad, while Wayne Bartley came all the way from Arkansas to make his Dutch oven peach cobbler onsite.
Guests also partook of mini brisket tacos from Matt’s Rancho Martinez, catfish sliders with spicy Cajun remoulade and praline pecan bites from 3015 at Trinity Groves, pork ribs and baked potato casserole from Sammy’s BBQ, and Little Leaguers sliders and Blue Bell ice cream from Balls Hamburgers. Komali provided margaritas.
Dressed in jeans, boots and other Western attire, supporters — including Dee and Dodge Carter, Betsy and Richard Eiseman Jr., Bob Walker, Dr. Dan Sucato, Dr. Steve Richards, J.C. Montgomery Jr., Dr. Tony Herring, Dr. Karl Rathjen, and Lori Ashmore-Peters — were entertained by the one and only DJ Lucy Wrubel and country artist Stoney LaRue.
And, like most successful philanthropic events, the auction was the subject of much attention, with a 1929 Model A Ford and three custom all-terrain hunting buggies up for grabs. A ladies Hermès watch generously donated by Eiseman Jewels was also raffled off.
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is one of the nation’s leading pediatric centers for the treatment of orthopedic conditions, certain related neurological disorders and learning disorders. Admission is open to Texas children from birth to 18 years of age. Patients receive treatment regardless of the family’s ability to pay.