Rendezvous of the Century

On November 14, 2019, 2500 guests descended upon the field of Minute Maid Park in celebration of Houston Methodist’s 100th anniversary, Rendezvous of the Century, where we recognized the exemplary contributions of those who propelled our legacy of leading medicine.

Marquee Honorees were recognized in six areas:

Faith – Bess and Bishop A. Frank Smith (award accepted by Meg Smith Koestenblatt)

Physician – Michael E. Debakey, MD (award accepted by Denis DeBakey and Michael DeBakey)

Partner – Houston Astros (award accepted by Whitney and Jim Crane)

Leadership – John F. Bookout

Philanthropy – Paula and Joseph C. “Rusty” Walter III

Centennial – Ella and Walter Fondren and Family (award accepted by Rob Fondren, David Underwood and Laura Baird )

Chairs, Ann H. and John F. Bookout III and Honorary Chairs, Neil and Maria Bush (for the Family of President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush) welcomed guests to celebrate our 100 year history and the more than $9.5 million raised for the evening.

The emcee for the evening was “the voice of CBS Sports” and founder of the Nantz National Alzheimer Center at Houston Methodist, Mr. Jim Nantz. Guests were also treated to a special performance by the Houston Symphony and surprise appearance by Broadway and television star, Leslie Odom, Jr.

Despite chilly 45 degree temperatures inside Minute Maid Park during the evening, the celebration, love and recognition of those that helped propel Houston Methodist to 100 years and beyond, warmed the hearts of all who were in attendance.

Faith Marquee Honorees Bess and Bishop A. Frank Smith

Partner Marquee Honoree Houston Astros

Leadership Marquee Honoree John F. Bookout

Physician Marquee Honoree Michael E. DeBakey, MD

Centennial Marquee Honorees Ella and Walter Fondren and Family

Philanthropy Marquee Honorees Paula and Joseph C. Walter III