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Houston City Scope OCT. 2015

Mary Clare Pincu, Mattie Pincu, Payton Daly

Houston Girls Walk in American Girl Fashion Show

Mary Clare Pincu and Mattie Pincu of West University as well as Payton Daly of River Oaks will be strolling the catwalk for the 21st annual American Girl Fashion show. This year’s show will be held on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 15, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Junior League of Houston, 1811Briar Oaks Lane.

Girls and their families are invited to attend this showcase of historical and contemporary fashions from American Girl. The fashion show combines education, fashion and goodwill as it is a major fundraiser for HITS Theatre, a nonprofit performing arts education organization for Houston area youth.

Houston-area girls from the ages of 6 to 13 will bring the dolls to life as they walk the runway in American Girl fashions. The show will feature the American Girl Doll of the Year, Grace, as well as historical American Girl dolls. There will also be a marketplace, offering attendees a place to shop for American Girl souvenirs, have their photograph taken and buy raffle tickets for great prizes.

Adults and children are invited to attend as the American Girl dolls come to life. The show features a showcase of historical and contemporary fashions from American Girl, with a stylish array of outfits, from sleepwear to fancy dress. Individual tickets start at $50 per person and prices for party tables for 10 begin at $500 for each show.

Attendees receive a seated meal, viewing of the official fashion show, entrance to the marketplace and a gift bag for each child. Girls and their dolls can join the fun and walk the runway as a VIP Guest Model. VIP Guest Model packages are available for $150 for girls ages 4 to 13 and include an American Girl t-shirt, photo and gift bag.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit hitsfashionshow.com or contact HITS Theatre at 713-904-3777, or agfs@hitstheatre.org.



Brian Dean

Brian Dean

Brian Dean Named CEO of Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center

Memorial Hermann Health System recently announced the promotion of Brian Dean, MPH, MBA, to chief executive officer of Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC). Previously Dean served as vice president and chief financial officer of Memorial Hermann-TMC and has been serving as interim CEO since February when Craig Cordola was promoted to senior vice president and regional president for the Central/West Region for Memorial Hermann.

“Brian is a strong leader who has a great passion for people and a special talent for directing operations, ensuring financial success and advancing the health of our community,” said Cordola. “We look forward to continuing to deliver the high quality care for which we are known to the patients and families of the greater Houston area with Brian at the helm of our flagship facility.”

Under Dean’s leadership as CFO for the past two years, the hospital has encouraged clinical innovation by investing in world-class programs through the medical staff, nurses, support staff and facilities. Dean will now steer the ongoing strategic vision and plans for the campus as it continues to grow, renovate and improve through the $650-million Breaking New Ground project that launched in May.

“I am humbled and honored to have this opportunity to lead such a wonderful team of world-class clinicians and staff at Memorial Hermann-TMC that, for nearly a century, has set new standards of care in Texas and across the nation,” said Dean. “As I assume this new role, my focus will center on building upon the incredible foundation Craig established in his many years at the TMC. The qualities this campus possesses, through our partnership with UT Health Medical School, are remarkably unique. The team here works tirelessly every day to provide our patients and families with the best, safest and most advanced care available.”

Prior to joining Memorial Hermann, Dean held leadership roles at healthcare systems across the South, including Jackson Health System in Miami, University Community Health in Tampa and the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center in Lexington. He was named one of the South Florida Business Journal’s “Power Leaders in Health Care” in 2012 and is a member of several organizations including the American College of Healthcare Executives. Dean earned both his Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Public Health in health administration, from the University of Kentucky, and later received his MBA from the University of Miami.



Eight-year-old Mia Spargo shone in her role as Mira Call.

Eight-year-old Mia Spargo shone in her role as Mira Call.

Texas Children’s Cancer Center Honors Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

On Aug. 31, Texas Children’s Cancer Center patients, families, doctors and staff came together to tie 600 gold ribbons on a playground fence at the hospital to kick off National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The number of ribbons symbolize each child diagnosed with cancer in the past year at Texas Children’s. Gold is the symbolic color for childhood cancer awareness, and the ceremony, led by Dr. David Poplack, director of Texas Children’s Cancer Center, honored children and families who have been touched by pediatric cancer.

Following the ribbon tying ceremony, more than 150 guests were treated to a special Purple Songs Can Fly musical, “Journey to Hope.” The one-act musical featured six cancer survivors who were treated at Texas Children’s. Founded by Anita Kruse, Purple Songs Can Fly is a first-of-its-kind program that provides a musical outlet for the many children treated for cancer and blood disorders at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers. In an in-house studio, composers work with children and their siblings to write, record and burn songs to disc within short sessions.




A $1.2-Million Step Toward Graduation for Current

HLSR Scholars

In conjunction with the upcoming 2015–2016 school year, nearly 100 current Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo scholars received additional financial support through the Show’s Achieve­ment Scholarship Program. The program allows college students currently receiving show scholarships to apply for an additional $4,000 per semester, for up to four semesters of their junior and senior years of undergraduate studies.

The Achievement Scholarship allows each student the possibility of receiving a maximum of $34,000 in scholarships from the show.

“Our scholars continue to show their dedication and commitment to education as they reach the high educational standards of this program,” said Joel Cowley, president and CEO of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. “And the best way for us to reward these students for their hard work is through these additional scholarship funds that will help make graduation a possibility.”

To apply, existing show scholars must have been classified as a junior or senior by the conclusion of the 2015 spring semester, completed a minimum of four college semesters since their high school graduation and achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com. The 2016 show will run March 1-20.


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