Wine and Roses Gala was a Success!

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A sold out crowd of 500 was on hand for the American Diabetes Association’s Wine & Roses Wine Auction and gala on Friday May 3, at the Houston Hilton Post Oak. Gala chairs Carla & Mark Russell and Mary Elizabeth Mecom Hahnfeld, along with honorary chairs Martha Turner and Glenn Bauguss,  hosted a lively event, raising almost $450,000 to benefit the American Diabetes Association.

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Honored at the May 3 event were Philamena & Arthur Baird for their Generosity to Mankind, Dr. Brian R. Tulloch as Physician of the Year, and Service Corporation International for their outstanding Corporate Support to the ADA and the fight to stop diabetes.

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Highlights of the evening included the opening statements from Andrea Faulk, whose daughter Morgan is 16 years old, a students at Memorial High School and lives with type 1 diabetes.

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Honoree Authur Baird addressed the crowd and told the crowd the story of how diabetes played a role in the creation of Mrs. Baird’s Bread.  In the 1900’s, Authur’s grandfather William , was ill with diabetes. As his health worsened , it became impossible for him to continue working. It was also  clear that Ninnie Baird needed to find a way to help support her family, so she established Mrs Baird’s Bread.

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Applause, applause for the 2012-2013 ADA Sweethearts, presented by their dads at the event. More than 100 young women from 13 are high schools were honored for their yearlong commitment to volunteer with the Association.

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