Picture a Cure
May 11, 2007
After a week of torrential rain, and much optimism on the part of the planners, the Northeast Texas Chapter–Tyler Office’s 65 Roses Gala: Picture a Cure—with its New Orleans Garden District theme—was dry and fragrant with the scent of magnolia blossoms and hundreds of locally grown Tyler roses.
Co-chairs Patrick & Jennifer Deen and honorary co-chairs Sue & Jan Garrett took in the fresh smell of homegrown Tyler roses during the 65 Roses Gala.
On May 5, Dr. and Mrs. Jan H. Garrett opened their home and garden to 350 guests who mingled and danced to the music of Edwin Holt and the Conspiracy Band. Many went bid for bid against each other to win the much sought-after tickets to the Foundation’s Ultimate Golf Experience in October and a special deer hunt at the Caiman Ranch in Central Texas during the auction.
The evening also included a captivating video of Evan Bell, Maci Drewry and Grace Knight, three children doing what most children do: bouncing on a trampoline, riding a horse, taking ballet and playing a violin. It also showed the three in their lives as CF patients, doing what most children don’t: taking medications, doing breathing treatments, being in the hospital. The contrast was poignant and vivid.
After the crowd viewed footage of Grace playing the violin, the 9-year-old told all those gathered, “Whoever finds a cure for CF will be my hero.” By the end of the night, $124,000 was raised to fund critical CF research.
Special thanks go to the entire 65 Roses Gala committee, in particular, honorary co-chairs Jan and Sue Garrett and co-chairs Patrick and Jennifer Deen. In addition, the event’s success would not be possible without its generous corporate sponsors, including Watson W. Wise Foundation; Cavender’s Boot City; The Robert M. Rogers Foundation; Azalea Spine Surgery—Mike Russell, M.D. and Todd Raabe, M.D.; Southside Bank; The Hampton’s at Greenridge; The Hoeffner Foundation—Rex-Hide Industries; Bank of America; and Merrill Lynch.