2013 Greer Garson Gala Raises $115,000, Hosts Special Guest

DALLAS — Hundreds of community leaders attended the 2013 Greer Garson Gala in support of critical needs at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas — and one of those guests cause quite a stir.

2013 Greer Garson Gala Co-Chairs Chris and Jennifer LeLash
2013 Greer Garson Gala Co-Chairs Chris and Jennifer LeLash

Greer Garson herself addressed the crowd gathered at the Omni Dallas Hotel on April 20, thanks to a 3-D video that was made using an old black, and white video clip shot several decades ago. In the video, Garson asked the gala crowd to give generously for a great cause — and the crowd listened. A little more than $115,000 net was raised at this year’s Greer Garson Gala.

All proceeds support critical needs of Women and Infant Services at Texas Health Dallas. This year’s gala theme was “An Evening in Cannes” complete with charitable casino and French décor.

In the early 1990s, Garson, an Academy Award-winning actress and long-time supporter of Texas Health Dallas, lent her name to this signature event to help draw community support for the hospital. This year, gala Co-Chairs Chris and Jennifer LeLash thought it would be fitting for Garson to make an appearance via video.

“The appearance of our special guest, Greer Garson herself, has generated many comments,” Jennifer LeLash said. “Our older generation was heartened by the nostalgia of sharing the presence of Ms. Garson while many in our younger generations were introduced to Greer Garson for the first time and was able to appreciate the magnitude of her commitment to Presby; she continues to give to this day.”

More than 100,000 babies have come into the world at the Margot Perot Center for Women and Infants since its opening in 1983. The Margot Perot Center houses a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and a 44-bed Special Care Nursery to serve the hospital's tiniest patients. Another integral part of Women and Infant Services is The Peggy A. Bell Women's Diagnostic and Breast Center, which offers the latest medical technology for detecting breast cancer in a comfortable and warm environment.

Jennifer LeLash said she is the fourth generation female in her family who has chosen Texas Health Dallas as her hospital of choice — and for good reason.

“After my 34-year-old friend was diagnosed with breast cancer and treated successfully at Texas Heath Dallas, I knew the tides had shifted,” she said. “Technology and self-awareness does not know the age of its patient, nor should we target just one group or age range. It's all about the whole women at all stages of her life. Our goal this year was to bring an awareness to a new generation and demographic of women.”

About Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation
Through philanthropy, Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation provides support to five Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals in Allen, Dallas, Denton, Kaufman and Plano. Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation plays a critical role in continuing the mission of the Texas Health Presbyterian hospitals to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve. The Foundation strives to enhance the delivery of quality patient care by joining with committed donors to sustain the long-term fiscal viability of the hospital that are a part of Texas Health Presbyterian. Through the efforts of the Foundation, the strong tradition of community support through philanthropy enables the Texas Health Presbyterian hospitals to forge ahead in medical research and education, technology and the provision of quality patient care. For more information, visit TexasHealth.org/PresbyFoundation.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is an 898-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, having provided compassionate care to the residents of Dallas and surrounding communities since 1966. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Texas Health Dallas among the nation’s best hospitals in digestive disorders, orthopedics, and neurology and neurosurgery. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Dallas has approximately 4,000 employees and an active medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355), or visit TexasHealth.org/Dallas.