Friday, May 6, 2016

Nora's Home Gala

Tonight, along with more than 600 others, I had the pleasure of attending the annual Nora's Home Gala at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. The party, with its Kentucky Derby-inspired theme, was fabulously festive and fun! 
Guests showed up dressed to match their moods. Some wore black tie attire; others showed up as if attending tomorrow's big event at Churchill Downs. The mix of styles contributed beautifully to the magical night.
I especially appreciated the presence of so many beautiful, wide-brimmed hats and fascinators, worn by the most theme-loyal female supporters.

The evening started with cocktails and casino games and the lively music of the David Caceres Band. From time to time, one could hear the solo sounds of a trumpet and the roar of the appreciative crowd.

A special Mint Julep was offered and eager was I to enjoy some tasty sips. (I can't remember the last time I had a Mint Julep, so this was a delightful treat). 
Next came an elegant dinner, dancing and the much-anticipated live auction.
Nora Gaber
There were, as we say, lots of "moving parts" to the Nora's Home Gala, and credit for the success of all goes to the Nora's Home staff and volunteers: Brigitte and Bahir Kalai, the event chairs: and the Boudwin and Bono families, the special honorees. Together, they did an amazing job!
The biggest nod of appreciation, though, must go to Doctors Osama and Lillian Gaber, who in 1989, established Nora’s Gift Foundation in memory of their daughter, Nora, who was killed in a tragic automobile accident. Nora’s legacy did not end with her death. Her organ donations helped several critically ill children and fueled the creation of Nora’s home, an enduring gift to those in need.
Nora’s Home offers transplant patients and their families an affordable place to stay where they can find support and share experiences with others, in the comfort of a home-like environment.
Nora’s Home is a free-standing facility near the Texas Medical Center, located at 8300 El Rio. Built with the specific needs of transplant patients and families in mind it includes: 16 private bedrooms and baths, a fully equipped kitchen, a great room, a chapel, a community room, an education center and free shuttle services to the medical center.
Several years ago, at a Rotary Club meeting, I heard Dr. Osama Gaber speak about his dream of building Nora's Home. He spoke with a passion that I have never forgotten. 
Tonight, I saw that same passion in hundreds of others, many who have worked long and hard to make Nora's Home the blessed haven - and eternal tribute - it is today.


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