TMAF’s 22nd Annual Gala


Texas Medical Association (TMA) Foundation donors and guests helped ensure a Healthy Now and a Health Future for more Texans on May 1 when nearly 500 physicians, alliance members and guests enjoyed the foundation's A Lawn Party gala at the Hilton Austin, held in conjunction with TMA's TexMed. Event co-chairs, Drs. Michelle A. Berger and David N. Tobey, Austin, and Drs. Susan M. Pike and Harry T. Papaconstantinou, Georgetown, greeted guests and sponsors alike as they entered the pre-dinner receptions.

More than $386,000 was raised thanks to top sponsors like St. David's Healthcare/St. David's Foundation (lead sponsors), H-E-B, Texas Medical Liability Trust, Baylor Scott and White Health, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, and Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust.  More than 40 sponsors supported the event and more than 60 volunteers helped on the day of ensuring the event's success! 

The foundation honored its Austin Health Leaders for their collaborative efforts at creating a Healthy Now and a Healthy Future for more Texans. Austin physician, Celia Neavel, MD, FSAHM, was recognized as the Individual Health Leader for her founding of and continued work with the Center for Adolescent Health at the People's Community Clinic. St. David's Foundation was recognized as the Program Health Leader for its extensive collaborations to address the health needs of Austin's underserved populations. The Blue Mist Band closed the evening with its fun and funky musical stylings that kept guests grooving until doors closed.

Proceeds from the gala benefit TMA Foundation and the TMA and TMA Alliance programs it supports that champion great health including: Be Wise - ImmunizeSM, Hard Hats for Little Heads, Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching, and TMA's Minority Scholarship Program. Final results will be released later this summer.



Thank you to our event sponsors:

Manor House Patrons
St. David's HealthCare/St. David's Foundation

Grand Garden Patron

Gazebo Patron
Texas Medical Liability Trust

Rose Covered Trellis Patron
Baylor Scott & White Health 

Sack Race Patrons
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas
Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust

Garden Gnome Patron
Texas Health Resources
Universidad Autónoma De Guadalajara School of Medicine - In honor of A. Tomas Garcia III, MD
West Houston Medical Center An HCA Affiliated Hospital - In honor of A. Tomas Garcia, III, MD

 Great Lawn (Austin Area) Sponsors  
Austin Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic
Austin Geriatric Specialists, PA/Senior Care Centers - In honor of Peggy Russell, DO
Rudd and Wisdom, Inc.
Strasburger & Price LLP
TMF Health Quality Institute
Travis County Medical Society Delegation/Sarah Smiley, DO
Travis County Medical Society

 Parasol Sponsors
Baylor College of Medicine
Harris County Medical Society/Houston Academy of Medicine
Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Luther King Capital Management
The Quantitative Group at Graystone Consulting
Texas MedClinic
Texas Oncology Corporate Office
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
UNT Health Science Center
United Surgical Partners International
UTMB Health/The University of Texas Medical Branch

Dragonfly Sponsor
Regina Rogers - In honor of Mark Kubala, MD

Straw Hat Individual Sponsors
Deborah A. Fuller, MD/Lee Ann Pearse, MD & Mr. Einar Vagnes
Drs. J. Russell & Isabel V. Hoverman
Austin King, MD and the Honorable Susan King
Dr. Russell and Mrs. Cheryl Kridel
Susan Pike, MD & Harry Papaconstantinou, MD
Sharon and Steve Robinson
Texas Medical Association - In honor A. Tomas Garcia, III, MD; 2015-16 TMA President
Texas Medical Association - In honor Patty Loose; 2015-16 TMA Alliance President
Texas Medical Association - In honor of Donald W. Seldin, MD; 2015 TMA Distinguished Service Award Winner