Huffington Center on Aging hosts annual health summit

The Huffington Center on Aging’s annual Women’s Health Summit was held on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at River Oaks Country Club. This year’s luncheon was an art of aging health symposium.

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Health Summit co-chairs Mary Ann McKeithan and Maryann Hoffer with Jane Pauley

This year’s keynote speaker, former TODAY co-host Jane Pauley, received the Anne Morrow Lindbergh Award for Living with Grace and Distinction. Pauley, interviewed by Warner Roberts, revealed bits from her personal and professional life to the crowd. She noted that the Houston crowd was not only beautiful but also driven and invested in their community. The interview ended with guests singing happy birthday to Pauley.

Before the lunch and keynote speech, guests enjoyed morning health sessions with Micki Fine, Dr. James Maas and Janet Gurwitch. Topics covered ranged from sleep for success to pursuing dreams.

Four women were recognized for their devotion to the Houston community at this year’s Women’s Health Summit. The 2014 Excellence in Bloom Award honorees were Joella Mach and Bain Pearson Pitts. The two recipients of the 2014 Spirit of Excellence Award were Penny Loyd and Reda Martin.

Attendees were able to participate in a silent auction, of which all funds raised go to Baylor College of Medicine’s Huffington Center on Aging. The silent auction featured items from luxury stores, restaurants and hotels, like Hotel Granduca, Mark’s and Armari Fine Jewelry. The event raised a few thousand short of a quarter million dollars for the Huffington Center on Aging.

Among the 350 guests were the luncheon co-chairs Mary Ann McKeithan and Maryann Hoffer, reporter Dominique Sachse, who also served as emcee, and Jan Duncan, Donna Vallone, Diane Lokey Farb, Cora Sue and Harry Mach, Jaleh Sallee, Carolyn Hamilton, Tricia Dewhurst, Joan Lyons, Mehrnaz Gill and Donatella Benckenstein.

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