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Grant-A-Starr Reaches Milestone with 3rd Annual Cure for Tomorrow Gala - A night of a million Starrs

GASF surpassed $1 million in donations to save children's lives through early diagnosis at fundraising gala.

Houston, Texas (15 December 2016) – On November 10, 2016, the Grant-A-Starr Foundation (www.grantastarr.org) hosted the cure for tomorrow gala – a night of a million starrs, which resulted in the foundation reaching a major milestone of raising $1 million in donations since 2006 to save children's lives through early diagnosis.

One of the Grant-A-Starr Foundation's key fundraising events, the annual Cure for Tomorrow Gala is a special evening and dinner benefiting medical research focusing on pediatric diagnostic testing at texas children's hospital and children's memorial hermann. now in its third year, the 2016 gala was the foundation's most successful to date raising more than $68k in contributions.

"Thanks to our generous event sponsors and donor family the Foundation was successful in fulfilling our milestone of raising more than $1M in donations since 2006," said Mike Ball, Managing Director of the Grant-A-Starr Foundation. "The Grant-A-Starr Board extends a sincere thank you to everyone that participated and made this gala a great success."

Hosted by the Cordua Family and their flagship restaurant Artista, the Gala took place at the Founders Club on the Mezzanine level of the Hobby Center for Performing Arts in downtown Houston. Executive Chef David Cordúa, ranked one of the top ten chefs in Texas, presented the menu, which included a trio entreé of smoked lamb, churrasco and scallop.

The event was emceed by Ms. Jacquie Baly, President of BalyProjects LLC and leader in Houston region's business and policy communities. Leading research doctors - Dr. Versalovic, M.D., Ph.D., from Texas Children's Hospital and Dr. Hasbun M.D., M.P.H., from Children's Memorial Hermann - spoke to guests about their life-saving medical research supported by the foundation. All proceeds from the event go directly to these research projects for life-saving advancements in diagnostic testing to detect early childhood diseases.

A highlight of the evening was a live painting by Houston's leading artist, Edgar Medina, which was auctioned as the grand finale with the sales proceeds donated to the Foundation. A live auction conducted by Shorty Yeaman also took place, which included items donated by Cordúa Restaurants, Edgar Medina, Stages Repertory Theatre, Alira Spa, Flawless Studio, Café Azur, and 10MinuteWill.com.

Sponsors of the 2016 Fundraising Gala included Texas Children's Hospital, Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital, TGS, Rod and Dolores Starr, Mike Ball and Gary Rodriguez, Kenny and Neice Lang, Sam and Terri Wang, William and Cynthia Kwan, and Amy Sun, Schlumberger, HexaGroup, Guillermo and Anne Marie Ponce de Leon, Hank and Tonya Hamilton III, Polarcus, Larry and Virginia Li, James and Irene Keay, Leah Yeglin, Kim and Karen El-Tawil, Julie Colwell, and Gary and Kim Womack,
For more information about the Gala, please contact Mike Ball, Managing Director of GASF at mball1958@gmail.com, or 713-819-3449.

About Grant-A-Starr Foundation

Since 2006, the Foundation has been raising money to support world-class medical research projects at Texas Children's Hospital and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital, each focusing on research for the advancement of diagnostic testing to detect early childhood diseases. To learn more about Grant-A-Starr Foundation, visit www.grantastarr.org. to support the foundation by donating for the advancement of pediatric diagnostic testing, click here.