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Houston Energy Industry Raises $365,000 to Help Support the Search for a Cure

August 13, 2013

Energy Giving Back 2013

Brad James, event chairman, and Craig M. Johnson, event honoree and president and CEO of Stallion Oilfield Services, share a laugh as they welcome guests to the fourth annual Energy Giving Back event.

Guests of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Texas Gulf Coast Chapter’s fourth annual Energy Giving Back event raised $365,000 to help support the mission of the Foundation.

The event, held June 27 at the Petroleum Club of Houston, salutes the energy industry for its benevolence to the community, and brought together 175 guests for an evening of celebration and philanthropy.

Guests heard an emotional plea from Shannon Dudman, the adult daughter of Bryan Dudman, who helped found the event. Shannon has cystic fibrosis and was too ill to attend the gala, but delivered an emotional Bid for the Cure speech via her cell phone, which was broadcast to attendees.

Melissa Eades, whose two children have CF, thanked guests for their steadfast support to the city of Houston, the CF Foundation and families like hers.
“My children are able to do things they never before thought possible, thanks to a tiny pill that treats the underlying cause of CF in a small group of people with the disease,” Eades said. “But there are many more families who are still waiting for the next lifesaving breakthrough. That’s why your continued support is more important than ever.”

Standing Ovation

Another highlight of the evening came during the event’s live auction. The last item up for bid was a large assortment of toys for the CF wing at Texas Children’s Hospital, to be donated in honor of the highest bidder.

“When the auctioneer explained that children with CF are not allowed to play in the common play room or play with toys from that room because of potentially deadly bacteria, the bidding became fierce,” said Sissy Boyd, Executive Director of the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter. “The toys went to the two highest bidders for a collective total of $120,000. Guests erupted in an emotional standing ovation in support of the bidders.”

The Texas Gulf Coast Chapter would like to thank:

  • Bryan Dudman, founder of the event
  • Brad James, event chair
  • Jim Looke, committee member
  • Pat Bond, committee member
  • Mike Caswell, committee member
  • Scott Sigurdson, committee member
  • Craig Johnson, event honoree

And its corporate sponsors:

  • 4-D Guest Ranch
  • Ainsworth Trucking
  • Caskids Operating Company
  • Ensco Incorporated
  • Halcon Resources
  • Hercules Offshore
  • Linn Energy
  • Murphy Exploration & Production Company
  • Noble Drilling
  • Orca Assets, G.P., LLc,
  • Rathole Drilling, Inc.
  • Schulmberger
  • Stallion Oilfield Services
  • Stellar Oilfield Rentals
  • TNT Crane & Rigging, Inc.
  • Walter Oil and Gas Corporation

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is an accredited charity of the Better Business Bureau.