(Featured photo: Jamie Hermosillo and Courtney Phillips with St. Johns, host; Venise Stuart, Luncheon Chair; Nancy Greenbach, President, KidneyTexas, Inc.; Sandy Secor, Patron Party Chair.)
St. John in NorthPark honored KidneyTexas, Inc.’s The Runway Report 2023 Luncheon and Fashion Show Cultivate and Educate patrons with an Evening of Style, featuring champagne, wine, wonderful charcuterie and a percentage off sales.
Sandy Secor, event chair, first welcomed everyone to the gathering and thanked St. John’s Courtney Phillips as host. Nancy Greenbach is president of KidneyTexas, Inc.
Venise Stuart, luncheon chair, said she was honored to welcome Cindy Feld as honorary chair. Crissy Perham, Olympic champion, was the Everson Walls Legacy Award Honoree. Crissy won two NCAA Championships, broke the American Record as an individual twice, represented the United States on several National Teams including World Championships where she was part of another American Record and won a Gold Medal and won the US Olympic Trials to become an Olympian. She swam at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics where she not only was voted co-captain but also won a Gold Medal swimming butterfly on the World Record Gold Medal winning 400 Medley Relay, a Gold Medal in the 400 Freestyle Relay and a Silver medal in the 100 Butterfly.
In late January of 2022, Crissy was catching up on social media and read a post about Missy Franklin, fellow Olympian, and her father, Richard Franklin, who was in dire need of a kidney transplant. On August 24, 2022, Crissy donated a kidney to her fellow Olympian’s father, Richard Franklin. The kidney is named Olympia.
At the KidneyTexas, Inc. Luncheon and Fashion Show on September 26, Charlotte Kimberlin received the Sue Goodnight Service Award. A former president and longtime board member of KidneyTexas, Inc., Charlotte and Sue Goodnight were very close friends and worked for many years alongside each other as volunteers. A true civic leader, Charlotte’s impact resonates through her involvement in many organizations, including the Junior League of Dallas, The Bluebonnet Garden Club, Dallas Symphony Orchestra League, the Dallas Museum of Art League and more. Her leadership style is characterized by grace, compassion and commitment to education and mentorship. Her life is a testament to the transformative power of giving and leading with a heart full of purpose.
All of the funds raised at the luncheon stay in North Texas and benefit Camp Reynal-National Kidney Foundation, Children’s Medical Center Foundation, Methodist Health System Foundation and Texas Health Resources Foundation.
The luncheon included a champagne reception followed by a program and runway fashion show produced by Jan Strimple Productions featuring fashions from NARDOS DESIGN, POCKETS, Betty Reiter, St. John and TOOTSIES, which is always a fabulous event including fun surprises. There was a live auction, raffle and award presentations. It was all topped off with a delicious luncheon.
Mission Statement: The purpose of KidneyTexas, Inc. is to provide funding to improve the methods of treatment, the search for a cure and prevention of kidney disease and other kindred or contributory diseases; and to develop more adequate provision for the care of persons suffering from such diseases.
Statistics: Debilitating kidney diseases impacts approximately 35.5 million people in the United States today. Groups at high risk include African Americans, Hispanics, senior citizens and people with diabetes. In Texas, there are over 50,000 people on dialysis and 8,294 people on a transplant list. There were 2,394 kidney transplants in Texas in 2022.
History: Since 1999, the dedicated volunteers of KidneyTexas, Inc. have worked in tandem with our generous underwriters to raise over $4.6 million for local efforts to improve the ability to diagnose and manage kidney disease.
Each fall KidneyTexas, Inc. hosts its Luncheon & Fashion Show in an effort to raise money for designated beneficiaries and awareness for a disease that affects millions of people each year. The success of this event depends heavily upon the contributions and dedication of our Dallas business and community leaders. Your support is crucial to the success of our mission.
Photos by Rob Wythe/Wythe Portrait Studio
(Sharon Adams, Adams Communications Public Relations, is honored to represent KidneyTexas, Inc. and post this Philanthropy Lifestyles Scene.)