Dallas donors contributed a record-breaking $1 million to MD Anderson Cancer Center’s coffers recently at A Conversation With a Living Legend luncheon at the Hilton Anatole. The draw? One of the most beloved golfers on the PGA circuit, Ben Crenshaw, who chatted candidly with CBS Sports golf commentator Dave Feherty.
This was the 25th anniversary of the event that was started by Dallas philanthropist Lyda Hill and has welcomed such notables as Nolan Ryan, Walter Cronkite and George W. Bush. This year’s event chair, Deborah Gunter, recruited some heavy hitters to serve on her committee, including Allie Beth Allman, Gene Jones, Jan Pickens and Amanda Bush.
Master of ceremonies Bill Melton, who has served as the voice of the event for the last 25 years, welcomed guests as they dined on the first course. The Oak Cliff native and former Dallas County treasurer announced that it would be his last luncheon and was later given an award by MD Anderson for his services.
The luncheon continued with music from the Steve Bayless Orchestra until Ron DePinho, M.D., president of MD Anderson, took the stage to give guests an update on what is happening at the hospital, including a video further explaining Moon Shots, an unprecedented program launched in 2012 to dramatically accelerate the pace of converting scientific discoveries into clinical advances that significantly reduce cancer deaths.
Then it was time for the conversation everyone was waiting for. Feherty introduced Crenshaw, whom he knows through their time on the professional golf circuit. Crenshaw impressed the crowd with his photographic memory in terms of the history of golf, and Feherty kept the crowd laughing with his wild banter and honest opinions. Crenshaw also excited the golf lovers in the crowd when he talked about the Trinity Forest Golf Course that his firm, Coore & Crenshaw, is set to build on 400 acres of city-owned land in Southern Dallas.