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Houston City Scope September 2017

(L-R): Dr. Melanie Johnson and Jay Guerrero


The Smithsonian Institution has announced The John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science as its latest Smithsonian Affiliate in Texas. This designation makes The Health Museum in Houston the only museum in the Houston Museum District Association with a Smithsonian Affiliation.

Smithsonian Affiliations establish long-term partnerships with museums, educational and cultural organizations, to make Smithsonian collections and resources widely available. As the premier science and health interactive learning center in the city of Houston, The Health Museum was selected for its commitment to advance knowledge and education in medical science.

“We are honored to become the first Smithsonian Affiliate in the Houston Museum District, and remain committed to our core mission of making rigorous health and medical science content comprehensible for all ages and all abilities,” said Dr. Melanie Johnson, president and CEO of The Health Museum.

“The Health Museum is an exemplar of a modern museum, using technology to bring science and medicine to life,” said Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton.

A member institution of the Texas Medical Center, The Health Museum is committed to excellence in innovative and interactive health and science educational experiences through its permanent exhibitions as well as through its year-round educational programming, and its traveling exhibitions. Additionally, The Health Museum is celebrating its 21st anniversary this year.


Les Fox (left), Bad Pants Open committee member and managing director and senior portfolio manager at RBC Wealth Management, and colleagues from RBC Wealth Management/Capital Markets.


Texas Children’s Hospital patients and their families recently came together to paint plates, provided by The Mad Potter, which are awarded to winning teams at The Bad Pants Open, an annual golf tournament that raises funds to support the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Volunteers from RBC Wealth Management/Capital Markets were also on hand to help paint plates.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Texas Children’s Bad Pants Open is the original “bad pants” golf tournament that has spawned copy-cat tournaments in other cities. The best prizes are awarded for how “bad” players look, not just how well they play. Over the past 19 years, The Bad Pants Open has provided nearly $6 million to support research and advanced education for NICU providers at Texas Children’s Newborn Center – the largest NICU in the country and one of only two level 4 NICUs in the greater Houston area. Additionally, critical funds provided by The Bad Pants Open have supported the construction of a level 3 NICU at Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, which opened in April.

The plates will be awarded to players at The Bad Pants Open golf tournament on Oct. 12, at The Clubs of Kingwood.


Houston Alumnae Panhellenic Foundation (HAPF) Presidents, 1987-present: (back row, l-r): Susan Banks, Candace Turner, Joni Landon, Toni Post, Connie Zieba, Sue Brennig, Pam Staples, Sandy Lewis, Cathy Coers Frank, Pam Jarrett, Martha Hunt; (front row): Phyllis Prange, Kay Weed and Kay Newman.


The Houston Alumnae Panhellenic Foundation (HAPF) board of trustees hosted a luncheon celebrating the past 30 years of the HAPF and honoring the HAPF past presidents in the home of Pam Jarrett, Alpha Epsilon Phi, Past HAPF and HAPA president. The 2016-2017 HAPF president is Connie Zieba, Alpha Gamma Delta.

Thirty-two women attended the celebration, many of whom are HAPF past presidents. Also in attendance were Houston Alumnae Panhellenic Associa­tion (HAPA) presidents, scholarship selection chairmen, wine tasting chairmen, ways and means chairmen, and others who have held many offices for HAPA and HAPF.

For more information, visit houston-panhellenic.org.


The Chillin’ and Grillin’ event included a $150,000 check presentation to Memorial Hermann Life Flight from the Sporting Clay Shoot event proceeds.


Memorial Hermann Heroes in Health members, physicians, and the Memorial Hermann Life Flight crew celebrated summer at a recent gathering at Holler Brewery. More than 100 guests enjoyed smoked brisket, chicken and ribs cooked by Life Flight’s Smokin’ Chop­pers on their very own pit, and light bites by TacoDeli Houston. The family event featured a face painter, balloon artist, Kona shaved ice truck, and a large inflatable Life Flight helicopter for photo opportunities. The affair was the perfect way for Heroes in Health members and guests to learn more about Memorial Hermann’s trauma prevention program and enjoy the summer evening.

Following welcoming remarks, Sporting Clay Shoot event chairs Whitney and Leigh Martin presented Life Flight crew members and Dr. Lillian Kao, director of the Division of Acute Care Surgery at Memorial Her­mann-Texas Medical Center, with a $150,000 check from the event proceeds.

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