Nora’s Home Gala

Gala History

To launch the mission of Nora’s Gift Foundation in Houston, an inaugural gala was held in 2011. Spring boarding off the success of the gala, a successful capital campaign secured the funds necessary to finally realize the vision of building a standalone hospitality home that serves any patient from the solid organ transplant centers in the Texas Medical Center. Nora’s Home opened its doors with 16 family suites in 2013 and expanded to 32 suites in 2018 due to the high demand for patient lodging.

The home has proved an invaluable resource to transplant patients and their families. Subsequent galas continue to provide the necessary funds in supporting theses families by alleviating their financial burden through the Adopt-A-Family program. This ensures no guest is ever turned away due to inability to pay. Nora’s Home would simply not be possible without the support, commitment, and endorsement from our incredible gala chairs and our Nora’s Home Family.

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2011

There’s No Place Like Home

Joana Rose (Daughter), Ben & Pat Bono

Chairs
Ben & Pat Bono

Honoring
The late William B. Reily, III
Alice Fanto
Cade Alpard

2013

Home, Sweet Home

The Debaghis

Chairs
Caroline & Dr. Salim Debaghi

Honoring
Laura & George Pontikes
Sierra Beeching

2014

Cabaret

The Woods, M. Skelly, & A. Whitlock

Chairs
Anne Whitlock & Michael Skelly
Kathleen & Pat Wood

Honoring
Paula Hern & Tom Barbour

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2015

Spotlight on Nora’s Home

The Beechings & Richards

Chairs
Lisa & Rudy Beeching
Anita & the late Tom Richards

Honoring
Judy & Ron Girotto
Diane & Ellis Tudzin

2016

Nora’s Home at the Kentucky Derby

The Kalais

Chairs
Brigitte & Bashar Kalai

Honoring
The Bono & Boudwin Families

2017

Giving Back to the Future

The Khuranas

Chairs
Dr. Sippi & Ajay Khurana

Honorary Chair
Margaret Alkek Williams

Honoring
Lynda & the late David Underwood

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2018

The Best is Yet to Come

The Smithers, Langleys, & Johnsons

Chairs
Paige & Todd Johnson
Ashley & Curt Langley
Ann & John Smither

Honoring
Linda & the late Jerry Strickland

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2019

We Are Family

The Massads

Chairs
Nick & Vicki Massad

Honoring
Carole & Jim Looke
Paula & Rusty Walter

Press Coverage

202o

The Sky’s the Limit

Chelsea & Susie

Chairs
Susie Cunningham
Chelsea Cunningham McDermott

Honoring
Million Air

Press Coverage

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2021

Nora’s Home: Homecoming

Honoring
10 Years of Gala Alumni

2022

Heroes Among Us

The Looke Family

Honoring
Dr. Eric Boerwinkle & UTHealth School of Public Health
Dr. Marc Boom & Houston Methodist Hospital
Dr. Paul Klotman & Baylor College of Medicine

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To donate directly to the Adopt-A-Family Program, please use the below link. Gifts can be made in honor of our Gala Chairs, Honorees, or the Drs. Gaber.

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