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FOOD | ARTS | COMMUNITY | STYLE+LEISURE SCENE SCENE EVENT: HATS, GLOVES AND BOUTONNIÈRES FORT BEND SPRING BRUNCH WHERE: FORT BEND CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY CENTER EVENT: MEMORIAL KIDS FOR THE CURE WHERE: CITYCENTRE PLAZA The 14th Annual Hats, Gloves and Boutonnières Fort Bend Spring Brunch raised nearly $51,000 (more than double its goal!) during an exciting and colorful occasion. In an effort to raise funds and awareness for the fight against childhood cancer, the Le family of Houston hosted a lemonade stand on Sunday, June 11, in the plaza at CITYCENTRE in Houston. The Memorial Kids for the Cure lemonade stand is during Alex’s Lemonade Days, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s (ALSF) national fundraising campaign. The festive fete, chaired by Fort Bend County residents Susie Goff and Susan Novasad, took place on May 8, at the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center, a very special project of the Children’s Museum of Houston and the beneficiary of the fundraiser. Hien Le’s family also volunteers for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Inspired by bringing joy to children with severe illnesses, oftentimes cancer, the family wanted to further their impact. They discovered ALSF and how raising money through lemonade stands was funding childhood cancer research, making lemonade out of lemons. Inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, New Hampshire, FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology and engineering. EVENT: LBJ MORAL COURAGE AWARD DINNER WHERE: MARRIOTT MARQUIS HOUSTON The Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award dinner honored Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center and its Chairman Avner Shalev on May 23 at 7pm. Senator Joe Lieberman was the keynote speaker. Just as the evening was about to end, Lester and Sue Smith surprised the audience and the Museum by donating $1 million to the Museum’s capital campaign. What a great surprise! Photography by Priscilla Dickson and Wilson Parrish More than 200 guests attended the event which is known for its extravagant and ornate hats. The Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center was recently ranked among the “Top 10 Best Things to Do in Sugar Land” by TripAdvisor. Founded by Alex Scott (1996–2004) in 2004, Alex’s Lemonade Days is a national event that grew out of Alex’s front yard lemonade stand. Held every June, an estimated 10,000 volunteers host over 2,000 Alex’s Lemonade Stands around the nation making a difference for children with cancer. Photography by Fort Bend Children's Discovery Center Photography provided by the Le Family EVENT: GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY FOR NORA’S HOME TRANSPLANT HOSPITALITY FACILITY EXPANSION WHERE: NORA'S HOME Nora’s Home, Houston’s haven for organ failure and trans- plant patients receiving care in the Texas Medical Center, celebrated its recent facility expansion announcement with a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, June 9. The expansion will double the existing lodging capacity and will allow the home to provide an additional 10,800 lodging nights per year to organ transplant patients and their families Dr. Osama Gaber, founder of Nora’s Home, acknowledged the legacy of his daughter Nora Gaber, the inspiration behind the home who tragically passed away after an automobile accident, and her lasting effect on the lives of thousands of transplant patients across the country. Gaber thanked capi- tal campaign supporters and presented service recognition awards to Nora’s Home board members Ellis Tudzin and Jerry “Babu” Patel for their perseverance and passion to make the second phase of construction a reality. Nora’s Home is dedicated to providing all patients and fam- ilies in the Texas Medical Center with the necessary support and resources they require for a successful transplant. The home’s expansion will help fill the housing void and is currently the only hospitality-housing program in the Gulf Coast region to address the specific needs of transplant patients. Photography by Nora's Home 72 L O C AL | july 17 july 17 | L O C A L 73