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HOUSTON, TEXAS – Internationally accomplished philanthropist, author and art patron Dr. Carolyn Farb, hc and Blue Cure Foundation Founder and President, Gabe Canales, co-chaired The Fred and Mabel R. Parks Inaugural Lectureship Series event. The luncheon and silent auction took place on Friday, September 27, 2013 at the Hotel ZaZa Houston. NBC KHOU News Anchor Dominique Sachse did a masterful job as Mistress of Ceremonies. The program flowed smoothly and enjoyably.
Dr. Rod Paige received the Inaugural Blue Cure Foundation Award for his extraordinary service to our country as one of the finest individuals who began his brilliant career as a classroom teacher, advancing to become Houston Independent School District Superintendent, and serving as the 7th United States Secretary of Education. Henceforth, the annual Blue Cure Award will be named in honor of Dr. Rod Paige, who is a member of the Blue Cure Foundation Board and a prostate cancer survivor. At the event, guests wished “Happy Birthday” to Dr. Paige on the occasion of his 80th birthday.
Gabe Canales, also a prostate cancer survivor, introduced guest speaker Dr. Margaret Cuomo, MD, author of A World Without Cancer, who provided a look at how profit, personalities, and politics obstruct real progress toward prevention, cure of the disease, and what individuals can do to live a cancer-free life.
Blue Cure educates families and their loved ones with the knowledge of healthier dietary and lifestyle habits to significantly become proactive in the war against all cancers- especially prostate cancer. Today in the United States, one out of two men is diagnosed with cancer; one out of three women is diagnosed with cancer; and one out of four Americans die due to some form of cancer. Yet, according to the National Cancer Institute, more than half of all cancers are preventable. Blue Cure’s mission is to prevent cancer before it begins and to reach a younger generation with the life-saving message of prevention.
Some of the guests and supporters in attendance were fashion designer Jonathan Blake, Mary and Tony Gracely, Vern Montross of Bernstein Global Management, Reverend and Mrs. Joe Samuel Ratliff of Brentwood Baptist Church, Jonathan Pursch of Frost Bank, Deborah M. Colton, Betty Hrncir, Minute Maid’s Fred Arnold, Ben Hall III and Saundra Hall, Beth Wolff and Ed Wolff, Dr. Robert Ivany, Maidie Ryan, Dr. Jack Christie, Lily and Charles Foster, Sylvia and Gordon Quan, Jose and Daphne Rincon, David and Alviz Sierra, Jim McClellan of the Fred and Mabel R. Parks Foundation, Peter Remington, Brad Deutser, Elizabeth and Glenn Howard, Winell Herron of H-E-B, Brandon and Cindi Coleman, Thomas and Anna Au of Poung Au Design, and Lee Slataper. Contributions were made in honor of Dr. Paige from the Edythe and Eli Broad Foundation, Richard Weekly, and the Fant Foundation.
Magic happened when Judge Eric Andell stopped in to auction the singular Live Auction item- a three-night, four-day all-inclusive trip for two to Merida, Mexico, at the Presidente Intercontinental Merida Hotel (including golfing, green fees, and round-trip airfare from Aeromexico, donated by Patricia Herrera in memory of her late husband, Rafael, who lost his brave battle to prostate cancer). Initially, George Mickelis of the iconic Cleburne Cafeteria was the high bidder on the package at $4,000 and generously passed it back for re-auction; then Elizabeth Howard won it for $3,500 and also passed it back; the final winning bid of the package went to MD Anderson urologist, Dr. John Papadopoulos, who bid $3,000, bringing the grand total to $10,500.
Auction items included, a photograph by Jay Rusovich, donated by Deborah Colton Gallery. Other items included: “Blue Cure Boot” painting by artist Billy Miller, two personally inscribed copies of Decision Points by President George W. Bush; four tickets to the Houston Texans vs. New England Patriots game donated by NFL Texans Pro Bowl Player Chris Myers and wife Jenny; a Corner Table three-course dinner for 10; a Q Clothier custom made sport coat; and a Billy Reid canvas tote bag, among others. High-bidders Damian and Jessica Garza were delighted to take home the BellaVetra Van Gogh hand-cut mosaic tile of Armand Roulin.
In a letter written to Dr. Rod Paige by President George W. Bush in Blue Cure’s tribute and read aloud by co-chair Carolyn Farb, the President thanked everyone for their efforts to increase prostate cancer awareness, prevention and promote healthy living.
Guests lunched on a specially created menu from ZaZa Chef Jeff Axline - divine and healthy – punctuated by a chocolate flourless cake with a Chambord-raspberry coulis sprinkled with berries. In true Carolyn Farb style, no detail was overlooked from the enchanting pale blue hydrangeas in crystal bowls donated by Kroger to the black chiavari chairs and linens by Distinctive Details.
Dr. Carolyn Farb stated, “I became involved with the Blue Cure Foundation when I met Gabe Canales. He is an amazing individual and prostate cancer survivor who has almost single handedly created thislifestyle prostate cancer movement which focuses on prevention, education, and support. The generous outpouring of support from our community has given this young organization the wings to fly and touched hearts.”
Gabe Canales asserted, “There is a difference between raising awareness and changing the way people think. We’re empowering and educating men (and the women that love them!) with life-saving information.”
For more information please visit www.BlueCure.org.