Celebrity Serenade

Major Dallas altruists get star treatment at glitzy centennial gala for Children's Medical Center

Dallas altruists get star treatment at Children's centennial gala

Margot Perot, Ross Perot, childrens 100 year anniversary
Margot Perot, Ross Perot Photo by Holt Haynsworth
Janelle Friedman, Larry Friedman, 100 year celebration childrens medical center
Janelle Friedman, Larry Friedman Photo by Holt Haynsworth
Karen Wald, Dana Beckman, 100 year childrens medical center celebration
Karen Wald, Dana Beckman Photo by Holt Haynsworth
 Marnie Wildenthal, Dr. Kern Wildenthal, 100 year anniversary Childrens Medical Center
Marnie Wildenthal, Dr. Kern Wildenthal Photo by Holt Haynsworth
Bob Miller, Shirley Miller, Childrens 100 year anniversary
Bob Miller, Shirley Miller Photo by Holt Haynsworth
Amie Brunner, Chris Brunner, Childrens Hospital 100 year anniversary
Amie Brunner, Chris Brunner Photo by Holt Haynsworth
Joel Williams and Susan Williams, Childrens 100 year anniversary
Joel Williams, Susan Williams Photo by Holt Haynsworth
 Lynn McBee and Caren Kline, Childrens 100 year anniversary
Lynn McBee, Caren Kline Photo by Holt Haynsworth
Michael Dardick, Jill Dardick, Christina Durovich, Christopher Durovich, Children's Medical Center 100 years
Michael Dardick, Jill Dardick, Christina Durovich, Christopher Durovich Photo by Holt Haynsworth
Margot Perot, Ross Perot, childrens 100 year anniversary
Janelle Friedman, Larry Friedman, 100 year celebration childrens medical center
Karen Wald, Dana Beckman, 100 year childrens medical center celebration
 Marnie Wildenthal, Dr. Kern Wildenthal, 100 year anniversary Childrens Medical Center
Bob Miller, Shirley Miller, Childrens 100 year anniversary
Amie Brunner, Chris Brunner, Childrens Hospital 100 year anniversary
Joel Williams and Susan Williams, Childrens 100 year anniversary
 Lynn McBee and Caren Kline, Childrens 100 year anniversary
Michael Dardick, Jill Dardick, Christina Durovich, Christopher Durovich, Children's Medical Center 100 years

To honor an incredible milestone for Children’s Medical Center — 100 years — event chairs Janelle and Larry Friedman welcomed more than 850 supporters and board members to a spectacular centennial gala at the Omni Dallas.

To start off a new century on the right note, Jennifer Hudson and the Pointer Sisters serenaded some of the most noteworthy philanthropists in Dallas, including Margot and Ross Perot, Lynn McBee, Caren Kline, Marnie and Kern Wildenthal, Jill and Michael Dardick, and Christina and Christopher Durovich. An especially heart-warming tribute featured kids from the Dallas Children's Theater and patients who were treated at Children’s. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

Alliance Data was another shining star of the evening, serving as presenting sponsor, with a $1 million gift to the medical center.

Children’s Medical Center has come a long way since 1913 when a group of nurses organized an open-air clinic on the lawn of the old Parkland Hospital. The nurses recognized that children received better care when it was focused on them, and their vision has grown into the fifth-largest pediatric healthcare provider in the nation.