The 7th annual MainStreet America Gala, chaired by Shirley and Ralph Alexander, was held at the spectacular MainStreet America. The 230 guests enjoyed a 3-course seated dinner, both a live and silent auction, inspiring speakers, and out of this world décor. The theme was inspired by Houston’s moon landing 50 years ago to serve as a reminder that even the loftiest goals are not impossible.
Renowned scientist and Director of the NRI, Dr. Huda Zoghbi, gave an update on The Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute and Mike Feigin spoke about the strides made in the past seven years while recognizing much work remains ahead.
Barbara and Mike Feigin, Design Tech Homes Founders, created the gala event seven years ago in order to honor Mike’s father. Dr. Ralph Feigin was one of the most renowned and distinguished figures in pediatric medicine and an avid advocate for children’s health. Dr. Feigin served as Physician-in-Chief at Texas Children’s Hospital and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine for over 31 years.
The Feigin’s nephew, Jacob Sukin, was diagnosed with an incurable and extremely rare disease. Mike and Barbara knew that they had to do absolutely everything that they could in order to help raise awareness and promote research. More than $2,000,000 has been donated to the NRI for research since the event started.
This year, guests were blown away by a full moon afloat in a field of dazzling stars. Gorgeous white orchids floated on each table, which were sprinkled with moon dust and star glitter. Many emotional moments were felt during each speakers’ passionate message. Guests left feeling inspired by the progress that has been made in the past 7 years, yet driven for a mission complete by finding cures for childhood neurological and neuropsychiatry diseases.
For more information about the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, please visit: http://www.mainstreetamerica.com/gala/nri.html
Texas Children’s Hospital is a not-for-profit health care organization that is committed to creating a healthier future for children and women throughout the global community. Texas Children’s is ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas and is among the top in the nation. The hospital includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, the Feigin Center for pediatric research, Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a community hospital in West Houston, and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands. The organization also created the nation’s first HMO for children and has the largest pediatric primary care network in the country. Their global health program is channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. For more information, go to www.texaschildrens.org.