Century Celebration

October 23, 2014

Guests at the Children's Medical Center Gala were treated to a night to remember, with festivities including top musical performers and heartfelt reflection on the many accomplishments of an organization that 100 years later has remained true to its original mission - to make life better for children.

Appropriately named the "Celebration of Our Century," the Children's Medical Center Gala culminated our 100-year anniversary celebration on Nov. 2, 2013, at the Omni Dallas Hotel. Janelle and Larry Friedman co-chaired the event.

Alliance Data was presenting sponsor of the event. Centennial Partners included Bank of America, Carol and Steven Aaron, Cassidy Turley, the Corrigan-Goddard Foundation, ExxonMobil, the Friedman & Feiger Foundation and the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation. Golden Gala Sponsors were Capital One Bank, the Hamon Charitable Foundation and Southwest Airlines.

Alliance Data promised a "100th birthday party unlike any other," and the black-tie event delivered on that promise, featuring Oscar and Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson, three-time Grammy winners The Pointer Sisters, and the Starlight Orchestra & Singers. Rounding out the evening was a cocktail reception and a seated dinner.

The brightest stars of the evening were undoubtedly in the audience, which included more than 800 prominent Children's donors, leaders and friends, along with leaders from Children's principal partner, UT Southwestern Medical Center, and other medical and civic dignitaries. Together, they reminisced about the accomplishments of the institution's first century and looked ahead to the achievements of its next 100 years.

"I am humbled and honored to join you tonight to celebrate Children's 100-year anniversary," said Children's CEO Christopher J. Durovich. "It is truly overwhelming to consider the lives we've touched. For the last century, we have impacted millions - more than 5 million children, to be exact.

"I have to wonder what Nurse May Smith [who led a group of nurses that launched the Dallas Baby Camp, which later became Children's] would think about us today. While the buildings, the technologies and the techniques may have changed since 1913, the aspiration and mission - to make life better for children - lives on. What hasn't changed is the fact that each day, children and families bestow upon us the sacred trust and privilege of providing them health care.

"It is my highest aspiration, my sincerest hope, and my daily resolve that when history takes measure of our work, our stewardship will be worthy of the memory of our founders. I believe it will."


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