Not-So-Serious Philanthropy

Bobby Lyle inspires a little monkey business at 10th annual Folsom Award dinner

Bobby Lyle inspires some monkey business at 10th annual Folsom Awards

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Linda Hart, Mitch Hart Photo by Scott Hagar
Carolyn and David Miller, Mitch and Linda Hart, Bobby Lyle, Nancy Ann Hunt, Ray Hunt, April Box Chamberlain, Dr. Stephen Mansfield, Folsom Award
Carolyn Miller, David Miller, Mitch Hart, Linda Hart, Bobby Lyle, Nancy Ann Hunt, Ray Hunt, April Box Chamberlain, Dr. Stephen Mansfield Photo by Scott Hagar
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Clifton Forbis performed his tribute parody "Bobby B" at the Folsom Award dinner. Photo by Scott Hagar
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Lottye Brodsky and Bobby Lyle participating in the tribute song fun. Photo by Scott Hagar
Joyce Belofsky, Selly Belofsky, Margaret Jordan, Folsom Award
Joyce Belofsky, Selly Belofsky, Margaret Jordan Photo by Scott Hagar
Jan Hegi, Marsella Fults, Marla Boone, Folsom Award
Jan Hegi, Marsella Fults, Marla Boone Photo by Scott Hagar
Nicole Tong, Pamela Sieja, Heather Johnson, Folsom Award
Nicole Tong, Pamela Sieja, Heather Johnson Photo by Scott Hagar
Stacey Malcolmson, Carolyn Miller, Folsom Award
Stacey Malcolmson, Carolyn Miller Photo by Scott Hagar
Heather Hunt, Damon Spencer, Folsom Award
Heather Hunt, Damon Spencer Photo by Scott Hagar
Dotti Reeder, Lamar Roberts, Amy Roberts, Folsom Award
Dotti Reeder, Lamar Roberts, Amy Roberts Photo by Scott Hagar
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Carolyn and David Miller, Mitch and Linda Hart, Bobby Lyle, Nancy Ann Hunt, Ray Hunt, April Box Chamberlain, Dr. Stephen Mansfield, Folsom Award
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Joyce Belofsky, Selly Belofsky, Margaret Jordan, Folsom Award
Jan Hegi, Marsella Fults, Marla Boone, Folsom Award
Nicole Tong, Pamela Sieja, Heather Johnson, Folsom Award
Stacey Malcolmson, Carolyn Miller, Folsom Award
Heather Hunt, Damon Spencer, Folsom Award
Dotti Reeder, Lamar Roberts, Amy Roberts, Folsom Award

Just when you think you know what to expect during an awards dinner in Dallas, someone goes and brings a live monkey onstage.

Such was the case during Methodist Health System Foundation’s 2014 Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award dinner honoring Bobby Lyle. His old pal Mitch Hart, event co-chair along with wife Linda and David Miller, used the monkey to represent an inside joke that dates back more than 20 years, when a monkey fell out of a tree due to Lyle’s golf shot.

As you can imagine, this tickled the crowd of more than 800, who came to the Hilton Anatole to celebrate Lyle, whose demonstrated commitment and excellence in community leadership emulate the achievements of former Dallas Mayor Robert S. Folsom.

Every Folsom Award ceremony is personalized to the recipient, and this year’s was no exception. In addition to the monkey business, Lyle’s friend Lt. Colonel William Mockabee of the Salvation Army served as master of ceremonies, and Dr. William Lawrence, dean of SMU Perkins School of Theology and another friend of Lyle’s, gave the invocation.

Following dinner, Mockabee introduced Clifton Forbis, chairman of the voice department at SMU, who provided even more laughs. Because Lyle is a huge supporter of SMU Meadows School of the Arts, Forbis performed a parody of the Beatles song “Let it Be,” titled “Bobby B.”

Then Mockabee and Methodist Health System Foundation president and CEO April Box Chamberlain presented the Folsom Award to Lyle, who graciously accepted.

“I met Bob Folsom when I was a 29-year-old at SMU’s Cox School of Business,” Lyle said. “Bob was a friend, an investor, a role model, so this award is something I will treasure.”

Because of Lyle’s commitment to education, he designated that the $1.5 million in funds raised this year go to support medical education at Methodist, including residency and post-graduate fellowship training for physicians.

Lyle joins an impressive list of past recipients, including Robert S. Folsom (2005), Nancy Ann Hunt (2006), Troy Aikman (2007), Laura Bush (2008), the late Norman Brinker (2009), Pat and Emmitt Smith (2010), Trevor Rees-Jones (2011), Mike Boone (2012), and the Rev. Mark Craig (2013).