Houston City Scope May 2015
MD ANDERSON HOSTS FUN IN THE SUN AT THE SHELL HOUSTON OPEN
MD Anderson and the PGA TOUR Wives Association hosted Fun in the Sun at the Shell Houston Open – a special event for patients and families from MD Anderson’s Children’s Cancer Hospital and Proton Therapy Center. Patients and families from the Cancer Center enjoyed a a luau-themed event held at the Open. The party provided a fun getaway to MD Anderson’s Strike Through Cancer Pavilion near the No. 18 green. To learn more about the official cancer center of the PGA TOUR, visit MakingCancerHistory.com/pgatour.
THE SUFFERS MAKE TV DEBUT ON LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN
Houston’s award-winning 10-piece ensemble The Suffers recently made their national television debut on Late Show With David Letterman. The band performed “Gwan,” which originally released off of their new Make Some Room EP on Jan. 20.
Established in 2011, The Suffers’ lineup was curated by bassist Adam Castaneda and vocalist/keyboardist Pat Kelly, who brought on trumpet player Jon Durbin, trombonist Michael Razo, guitarist Kevin Bernier, percussionist Jose “Chapy” Luna, and drummer/vocalist Nick Zamora. Jazz saxophonist Cory Wilson and guitarist/vocalist Alex Zamora filled out the rhythm section, while frontwoman Kam Franklin topped off the group with soaring vocals.
In a short time, the band has progressed from packing Houston venues to accepting invitations for featured performances at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience 2014, SXSW 2015, Dallas’ Index and Homegrown Festivals, Houston’s Free Press Summer Festival, Untapped Festival, and CMJ Music Marathon 2014. The Suffers have since joined the ranks of Red Bull Sound Select and have remained a local favorite, accepting 11 Houston Press Music Awards in three years. Recently, the band supported Lee Fields & The Expressions and performed at Big D NYE – the largest New Year’s Eve celebration in the Central Time Zone. This year, The Suffers are set to play Hangout Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Free Press Summer Festival and Neon Desert Music Festival , following an East Coast tour. For more information, go to thesuffers.com.
UHD GATOR MURAL MAKES A SPLASH IN DOWNTOWN HOUSTON
Noted French artist Sebastien “Mr. D” Boileau recently swiped the first brush strokes on a building-sized mural of the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) mascot – Ed-U-Gator – on the north side of a storage facility on campus, adjacent to student parking at Main Street and I-10.
The alligator mural is a creation of Boileau’s creative art company, Eyeful Art Murals and Designs, which is known for crafting individual artistic environments that reflect the vision and personality of its clients.
Houstonians can follow Boileau’s creation on social media using the hashtag #UHDgatorwall and by visiting uhdgatorwall.com.
“It’s a fun and fascinating landmark for all of Houston to enjoy and a pleasure for METRORail riders headed southbound toward downtown Houston,” said Diane Summers, executive director of university relations at UHD.
Boileau notes that the mural’s design is symbolic of students going out into the real world following their college graduation. “There’s a meaning behind it,” he said. “The gator is pictured bursting through the wall, representing UHD students who are preparing to break out into their professional careers.”
The University will place a second mural of the UHD logo and tagline, “Major Opportunity,” on the south side of the building, which faces I-10.
Boileau is known for his large-scale murals, many of which are popular spots for residents and tourists to take photos.
MOODY GARDENS GOLF COURSE AMONG TOP IN STATE
With its stunning views, green fairways and gulf breeze, Moody Gardens Golf Course has become one of the most popular municipal golf courses in Texas. Since undergoing a $16 million renovation in 2008, the island course has earned numerous honors, including “Recommended by TripAdvisor” status. GolfNow also ranked Moody Gardens as the third-best course in the Greater Houston area earlier this year.
When Moody Gardens took over management of the Galveston Island Public Course, the elevations were raised, new irrigation and drainage systems were added and it was reseeded in paspalum, a salt-tolerant grass. It was the first course in the continental United States to be seeded with paspalum, and uses effluent water from the City of Galveston to water the grounds as a part of the conservation efforts that are a part of the Moody Gardens mission.
“Recommended by TripAdvisor” stickers are only given to attractions with greater than a three-star rating on the popular website. Since 2011, Moody Gardens Golf Course has an average rating of 4.5 stars on TripAdvisor, which averages more than 50 million unique visitors a month and features more than 60 million reviews. Among the reviews, Moody Gardens Golf Course was called “Beautiful,” “Top Notch,” and “The Best Muni in Texas.”
For more information or to book a tee time, call 409-683-4653 or visit moodygardensgolf.com.
THE BUILDING OF HOPE LODGE
Hope Lodge is coming to Houston, and Campaign Chairs Robert and Janice McNair, former President George and First Lady Barbara Bush, and the great people of Houston are helping to make it a reality.
The American Cancer Society plans to build Hope Lodge Houston, the largest facility of its kind in the U.S., to provide free lodging and support for those traveling to Houston for cancer treatments.
The goals of Hope Lodge Houston are to allow patients to have a comfortable place to stay throughout the entire course of their treatment, to promote recovery by providing a safe and emotionally supportive environment and to ease the extraordinary financial burden cancer places on families.
“The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation committed a $1-million gift early on in the (capital) campaign. Now, the Foundation is extending a 2-to-1 challenge to the American Cancer Society for an additional $4 million!” said Joanie Haley, executive director, The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation. This 2-to-1 match means the American Cancer Society will raise $8 million, and the McNairs will donate $4 million.
“With these funds, we will meet our goal for our groundbreaking this year. We are asking the Houston community to be part of this great project by making a donation. Please know, no donation is too small. All donations will help us make Hope Lodge a reality,” said Sandy Biggers, director, Major Gift Campaigns, American Cancer Society, Houston.
“Janice and I are honored to co-chair the American Cancer Society’s capital campaign to build a Hope Lodge Houston,” said Robert McNair. “The fight against cancer is something we have experienced firsthand, and one that nearly everyone will encounter at some point in their lives. The Hope Lodge will allow patients and their families to put the stress and worry of finding a place to stay out of their minds and focus on the most important goal – defeating this dreadful disease. We encourage anyone who has been impacted by cancer to help provide hope to those who may be affected in the future by joining in this campaign.”
“Hope Lodge Houston will enable more families to stay together during treatments, that is important on so many levels, including sparing families an added expense. It is truly one of the kindest things we can do as a community – makes us even prouder to be Houstonians and friends of Bob and Janice McNair,” said President George and First Lady Barbara Bush.
Amenities of the five-story, 76,000 square-foot Hope Lodge Houston will include 62 patient rooms, each with a private bath and television; shared kitchen and dining spaces; help-yourself pantry with pots and pans; daily access to fresh linens and laundry facilities; resource library with computer station; family recreation rooms; outdoor patio and healing garden; free on-site garage and surface parking; and free daily transportation to and from treatment centers. Hope Lodge Houston will also house the American Cancer Society’s staff and volunteers.
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center provided land for the project in the Texas Medical Center at 7505 Almeda Rd., between Holcombe Blvd. and the 610 Loop.
“It only makes sense to have a Hope Lodge in Houston due to the thousands of people that come here every year for cancer treatments. Families often mortgage their homes to get to Houston to save a loved one’s life. So to have a place for these families where they do not have to pay for hotel rooms is a true blessing, and it is our honor to be able to help provide relief for them in this way,” said McNair.
Hope Lodges are located across the country in 21 states and Puerto Rico.
“This is probably biased in our view, but this terrific Lodge is coming to Houston because we are widely recognized as one of the global capitals in the fight against cancer – and because of the steadfast leadership and remarkable generosity of Bob and Janice McNair. It seems Houston has always been blessed to have true Points of Light like the McNairs who recognize the importance of giving back and helping others,” said President Bush.
To make a donation, contact the American Cancer Society, 6301 Richmond Ave., Houston, Texas 77057, call 713-706-5640, or visit cancer.org. For Houston Ground Angels email HGA@HoustonGroundAngels.org or call 832-301-2816.
MD ANDERSON EXPANDS CANCER PREVENTION THROUGH PARTNERSHIP WITH PGA TOUR
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, through a newly announced relationship with the PGA TOUR, is expanding its efforts to reduce cancer risk among the golf community and the general public through educational efforts. As the Official Cancer Center of the PGA TOUR, MD Anderson will initially focus on sun safety and sharing cancer prevention messages through TV, online and print media, as well as on-site activations at several tournaments this year. Over the next three years, this relationship will reach millions of people, and public messaging will expand to include education on cancers caused by smoking and tobacco use.
Ranked as one of the nation’s top two hospitals for cancer care for the past 25 years in U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Hospitals” survey, MD Anderson has one mission: to end cancer through patient care, research, prevention and education. The Houston-based institution has treated 1 million patients since 1944. It pioneered the multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatment, bringing experts from many disciplines together to prepare treatment plans for its patients. Many of the treatment protocols developed at MD Anderson are considered the standard of care worldwide.
“MD Anderson recognizes the importance of public education in our mission to eliminate cancer,” said Tom Buchholz, M.D., executive vice president and physician-in-chief at MD Anderson. “Through this new relationship with the PGA TOUR, our goal is to increase public awareness of sun safety habits so people can act to reduce their risk of skin cancer, among other diseases. Nearly 5 million people receive treatment for skin cancer in the U.S. every year. Since skin cancer is the most common malignancy – and is the most preventable – public knowledge is essential to ending this disease.”
Throughout the next three years at select PGA TOUR and Champions Tour events, MD Anderson will provide spectator enhancements, including free sunscreen stations and shaded areas throughout the courses where fans can take reprieve from the sun. Spectators will also receive interactive educational materials, SPF 30 lip balm and sunglasses. The signature element of this collaboration, MD Anderson’s Strike Through Cancer Wall, will be featured at select tournaments, empowering people to show support for cancer survivors or their loved ones by signing their names and messages of hope.
“We are extremely pleased and proud to announce this relationship with the premier cancer center in the world and to give MD Anderson a new platform to inform fans and viewers about cancer prevention and detection,” said Tom Wade, chief commercial officer of the PGA TOUR. “The PGA TOUR takes great pride in enriching the lives of others, and this relationship with MD Anderson provides us a wonderful opportunity to partner with its 20,000 cancer fighters on the important work they do every day.”
MD Anderson will begin its on-site activation at Houston’s two area Tour events, the Shell Houston Open and the Champions Tour’s Insperity Invitational in The Woodlands (April 27-May 3).