Rendezvous of the Century

GALA 2019


On Thursday, November 14, 2019 over 2,400 guests joined honorary chairs, the Family of President and Mrs. George H. W. Bush, and chairs, Ann and John Bookout III, at the Rendezvous of the Century, Houston Methodist's centennial gala. This special evening recognized 100 years of Leading Medicine on the field of Minute Maid Park and garnered a record breaking $9.5 million through the generous support of more than 240 sponsors for clinical care, research, education and spiritual care at Houston Methodist.


Marquee Honorees

Faith: Bess and Bishop A. Frank Smith

Physician: Michael E. DeBakey, MD

Partner: Houston Astros

Leadership: John F. Bookout

Philanthropy: Paula and Joseph C. "Rusty" Walter III

Centennial: Ella and Walter Fondren and Family


Named as the No. 1 hospital in Texas and the Gulf Coast by U.S. News & World Report, Houston Methodist is known for leading medicine in patient care, research and education. Rendezvous of the Century will benefit programs throughout the hospital system, and publicly recognize those community leaders who have left an indelible mark upon Houston Methodist throughout its 100 years of Leading Medicine.