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Under the Boardwalk Gala Benefiting Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital Raises More Than $460,000

HOUSTON (November11, 2013)

Hannah Storm, easily recognizable as an anchor of ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” returned  to her adopted hometown on Saturday, November 9, to emcee the 2nd Annual Under the Boardwalk Gala benefiting Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.  Storm is also the founder of the Hannah Storm Foundation.  More than $460,000 was raised from the 2013 gala, which took place at the Bayou City Event Center.  The proceeds will establish the Hannah Storm Foundation fund within the Memorial Hermann Foundation and will be used to support children suffering from vascular birth marks and cranial facial deformities, pediatric trauma – specifically burns – and the screening and treatment for concussions.  All of these services are provided by Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Memorial Hermann–Texas Medical Center and align with the mission of the Hannah Storm Foundation.

Iggy Distefano, Susie Distefano and Giuseppe Colasurdo, MD (UT Health President)“The great thing is that children benefiting from this fund will be seen by the experts at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital,” Storm said. “This is an effort that we wanted to start now and hope to keep supporting for years to come.”

Chaired by the dynamic father/son duo Fred and Jay Zeidman, the Under the Boardwalk Gala honored The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) President Giuseppe Colasurdo, M.D.  An internationally known researcher and pediatrician, Dr. Colasurdo specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), pediatric asthma, and other lung disorders in infants and children. He previously served as McGovern Medical School at UTHealth’s chair of the department of pediatrics and as the physician-in-chief at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. 

“We were thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with Hannah Storm on Under the Boardwalk,” said Susie Distefano, CEO of Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. “The generous donations from the event will go to help many of our pediatric patients in special need.”

“We could not have been more delighted and thrilled with the outcome of the event,” added co-chair Fred Zeidman.  “It gave us the wonderful opportunity to recognize Giuseppe Colasurdo, M.D., and his incredible contributions to Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and McGovern Medical School.”

Under the Boardwalk featured carnival games, dancing to the musical stylings of Infinite Groove and gourmet boardwalk cuisine created by Tony’s. Darryl Murchison of Darryl & Co. transformed the Bayou City Event Center into a fun-filled carnival complete with a carousel and whimsical centerpieces that appeared to be giant ice cream sundaes and boxes of popcorn. More than 500 guests were in attendance including 150 young professionals.

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About Memorial Hermann Health System

An integrated health system, Memorial Hermann is known for world-class clinical expertise, patient-centered care, leading edge technology, and innovation. The system, with its exceptional medical staff and more than 20,000 employees, serves to advance health in Southeast Texas and the Greater Houston community. Memorial Hermann’s 12 hospitals include three hospitals in the Texas Medical Center, including Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, TIRR Memorial Hermann and the Texas Trauma Institute – a level I trauma center which houses the Life Flight® air ambulance. The system also operates eight suburban hospitals, a second rehabilitation hospital in Katy, three Heart & Vascular Institutes, the Mischer Neuroscience Institute, three Ironman Sports Medicine Institute locations, cancer centers, imaging and surgery centers, sports medicine and rehabilitation centers, outpatient laboratories, a chemical dependency treatment center, a home health agency, a retirement community and a nursing home. As an Accountable Care Organization, the system also offers employers health solutions and health benefit plans through its wholly owned Memorial Hermann Health Solutions. Learn more about the Memorial Hermann Health System.

About Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital

Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital is a 240-bed hospital dedicated to pediatric and neonatal care with an additional 68 beds dedicated to women’s services.  The hospital’s special compassion and healing expertise has distinguished it as one of the finest children’s hospitals in the nation. In partnership with the University of Texas Medical School, Children’s Memorial Hermann specialists provide care for more than 120,000 patient visits annually, including the tiniest premature infants, children and adolescents. Memorial Hermann takes a holistic approach to healthcare, offering programs and services that address the physical, social, psychological and spiritual aspects of well-being. An integrated health system, Memorial Hermann is known for world-class clinical expertise, patient-centered care, leading-edge technology and innovation.  The system, with its exceptional medical staff and 19,000 employees, serves southeast Texas and the greater Houston community. Learn more about Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.