Texas NF Foundation to stage city-wide fundraiser at Houston’s best restaurants2008 Houston HighlightsLast night, Lou and I attended a special committee meeting to help plan and execute a fund-raiser to help those with NF in the Houston area. The fund-raiser will be held on Tuesday, April 22, 2008, at the Hotel Derek, in the Galleria area of Houston.

I am proud to be Honorary Chairman of this important event and I hope all of my friends can join me in this very worthy cause! Below is a letter from our Houston Highlights Chairman, Ishma Blackwell, detailing the event. It’s going to be a lot of fun!

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“Please join me in participating in the 10th Annual “Houston Highlights, Celebration of the Chefs.” We have over 25 chefs participating in the event. Becoming a sponsor or table host gives you the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Texas children and their families who struggle with neurofibromatosis every day.

As a sponsor or table host, you will enjoy a four-course dinner for 10 at one of the area’s finest restaurants. Your meal includes an appetizer, salad, entree and dessert, with both, red and white wine.

It is my privilege to be this year’s chairperson for Houston Highlights. As a mother of a child with neurofibromatosis, I know firsthand how this disorder can affect the family. My son, Tyrese, struggles with facial tumors, a common manifestation, coupled with the fact that there is no treatment or cure, has been hard to bear. However, the Texas Neurofibromatosis Foundation has been a godsend in our hour of need. I cannot express my gratitude to you for making a difference in the lives of more than 8,000 patients throughout Texas who are afflicted with this disease.

By joining us as a sponsor or table host, you will be invited to attend the pre-party on Tuesday, April 22, 2008 at the Hotel Derek. The night will feature silent and live auctions, samplings from a few participating chefs, entertainment and spirits. Please take this opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Texas children and their families.

For further details regarding this event, please contact Carolyn Reber, Program Coordinator at 972-868-7943 or email her at carolyn@texasnf.org.

Best regards,

Ishma Blackwell

2008 Houston Highlights Chairwoman

154 thoughts on “Texas NF Foundation to stage city-wide fundraiser at Houston’s finest restaurants

  1. It was great to be with so many passionate and compassionate people last night! Kudos to Cindy, Susan, Ishma, Elizabeth, Reggie and others behind the scenes for making this fundraiser a realty.

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  2. I wish I could go to things like that – there is absolutely nothing related to NF around here. My husband and I were talking about where we would move once he gets out of the Navy and I did mention all the wonderful resources that Texas seems to have for people with NF – maybe you’ll get a new neighbor soon, lol.
    Yes Lou, thats right, I might move next door to you, and then I could harrass you constantly, you could never escape. And I’ll make my boys harrass you too. We’d be the neighbors from hell. BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

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  3. Anyone having a Super Bowl party tonight? I dont think we will even watch it, we’re not big NFL fans.
    Oh and by the way, I’m eating a piece of triple chocolate cheesecake. Be very jealous. LOL

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  4. Well, I am back from Galveston, started out good, MIL taught me and my friend a new dice game we have played SO many games in the past, we love to play games, then we got her “99” year old neighbor, amazing woman to come over and sit with her, we went down to the Mardi Gras for a few hours to get “beads” every thing was fine, then that night things tood a turn for the worst, she got up to go to the rest room and fell down, she did not break any thing but she is back in the hospital. We think the meds are messing with her made her very in coherent, it was a very bad morning starting about 3 am, I am back home but my husband is at the hospital. Last week the little bil stayed this week my husband will stay. She was really do good sat. day, then she was’nt,.

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  5. They don’t watch TV anymore, they just sit out on their front porch and watch what’s going in at my house. All night parties, drug busts, cops, drag queens, farm animals, etc.

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  6. I am always going for the under dog!!!! Maybe it is because, I was picked on all the time. I just always go for the the under dog.

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  7. I am suppose to find out today, if I am having a granddaughter or a grandson, I wished that the damn phone would hurry up and ring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. Now I can start buying baby things, start on a baby blanket, she is pass that 3 month mark and we know what she is having she has a name. Robert something or other I am going to spoil that baby, I am not going to tell that baby NO like I told her no, than I will send him HOME. HA HA HA Granparents revenge is SWEET!!!!!

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  9. Patricia, were you asking if I’m gay? Just because a man hangs around drag queens and animals, it does not necessarily mean he’s gay. Extremely open-minded, perhaps, but not gay!!! Unless, of course, he looks like Antonio Banderas or something.

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  10. hey everybody whats going on oh and Reggie and Shelley I am going to the Dr again this Thursday to get the shot in my back then I will be back in good shape

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  11. Hi Brian,

    good to see you here. I have been kind of busy around and not been here as much as I want. Keep us updated on your doctor’s visit. I’m getting ready for nine next month. MRI and Doctor’s visit.

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  12. What about me? I’ve been feeling kind of tired and rundown lately. But no, you’d rather pick on me. And I quote:

    “Poor Lou, WE, always pick on him, but he picks on us too, so it is ok, Right???? πŸ˜€

    Comment by Patricia | February 5, 2008 | Edit”

    When is it ever right to pick on your fellow man?!! Well, unless, of course, it’s Reggie then it’s ok.

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  13. Good morning everyone! Sorry I was MIA for the past couple of days, its been a little busy around here.
    So is anyone else getting crappy weather for the next week or is it just me?! Its a mix of rain/snow every day for almost the next 10 days in the forcast. Blah!

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  14. Hi Emily
    Did you read Vanessa is having a boy too, I am so excited, I just had girls, I never had a boy, so I am very happy, boys have cooler toys, I can’t wait. she is going to domino sometime in June I still have not picked out a name for ME. She is going to name the little fellow aftet the babby’s daddy Robert something or other, which is fine but I need a name for me I do not want to be called “Gramma” that sounds too old which the way this tuesday the 12 I will be 44, omg I just can’t believe it. ugh

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  15. Patricia – Boys are great, lol, I should know since I have 3 now! I always wanted a little girl though so I could dress her up and play Barbies with her. Maybe next time! As far as your name, my mom has my kids call her “Ninny”, she’s just a couple of years older than you so its not an old-type name.

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  16. Ninny not bad, I use call my mother’s mother nana, she was a very special lady, she was not your typical granma, I remember when I was just 16 she got a 69 black stingray corvette wow it was awsome, she scared the shit out of me, she drove so fast and around other cars, she was a lot of fun I just don’t think I could ever measure up to her.

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  17. Lets see.. I’ve got two grandmothers whom I call Nanny and Gran, and my great grandmother is Grandy, my kids call my husbands mom Mammaw. I think all of those are kinda dated, lol.

    For some reason my mom kept bugging me to let my kids call her “Babushka” and I kept saying “Um we are not Russian!!”

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  18. ok, Lou what’s the story behind that one why did you call her bill?? I am not picking I really and truly want to know. πŸ™‚

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  19. I am here but going to the Dr in the morning to get the shot in my back I am ready to get it over with I hate the NO eating or drinking after midnight

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  20. yea, that sucks, but they put you to sleep and you get to sleep and then after a couple of days the pain goes away, but the best thing you get to sleep or at least the was what the best thing I remembered when I got my I had got to where I could not sleep no more 2 hours at the most if I were lucky and the pain was preety bad to πŸ™

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  21. wow, I should have your dr. my dr. did not give me that kind of pill, he gave some pills, but I still woke up even morphine would not keep me sleeping,

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  22. Okay guys, I think my house is haunted. Dont laugh, I’m being serious. What should I do? I am freaking out, my husband is freaking out, my kids are scared. I contacted a paranormal researcher, but I dont want to spend another night in this house.

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  23. Before I tell Lou off, here is what you should do. I heard the
    lady on the Montal show. She is on the show on Wednesdays. If you believe it’s a somebody you have to tell them to leave, you are dead. Sometime they don’t know that. Don’t laugh it’s true. Get some Holey water in the a glass leave it uncovered in your room over night while you sleep.

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  24. One of my aunt is a missionary, she goes down to Mexico, real deep into Mexico and she can tell some stuff that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up.

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  25. Emily what has been happening sometimes I think a Haunted house is cool like when you see stuff moving and no one is there but then on the other hand it can be very very scary

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  26. hey everybody I got the shot in my back it hurts a little but it takes a day or 2 to work but I am relieved it does not hurrt that bad anymore

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  27. Hi Brian, glad things went well, I went to a haunted hotel and did not see anything I was disappointed I had wanted to go there for a long time.

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  28. comment 131 It can be cool if you don’t mind getting the you know what scared out of you. I never want to see that. We had a good friend that passed away, 3 years ago. He would come over our house every morning for coffee. One day in front of our eyes we saw the chair at the dinning table move from the table. It was the same chair he use to sit in everyday. No joke.

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  29. Well, its too long to totally get into, but both my husband and Elijah have seen a little boy with dark hair, Elijah told me and I told my husband who got all freaked out and told me that he had seen the same thing. Now at 3am every single morning toys start going off in the playroom that my kids absolutely refuse to go into even in the daytime. And my husband always wakes up just a few minutes before it happens, every single night. And a few nights ago he said he heard what sounded like feet dragging along the carpet in our bedroom but there was nothing there. He is terrified and Elijah is scared so now I am scared. Oh when we went to bed last night the tv in the playroom was on, we always leave it on, it was on Cartoon Network. Well this morning it was off, and when we turned it on it was on the History Channel which is 14 channels away, and the volume was all the way up. Its been going on for a few weeks at least. We just went in there and closed and locked the door to the playroom, none of us want to go in there.

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  30. We rent – we live in military housing. I tried to get some information about the house from the housing office but they didnt have any. And the library didnt either. I just emailed 2 more paranormal groups in the area, I am going to get this figured out… I am so spooked right now πŸ™

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  31. Patricia – Our lease is up at the end of March, so we could move as early as then. It just depends on if we can find a place off base that we can afford and if my husband can physically handle moving our stuff since he just had surgery a few months ago.
    Reggie – I agree, thats an awesome idea.. let me just print one out and see if it does the trick!

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  32. Emily I just don’t know what to tell you. I know you don’t want to do anything to make things worse. What does your husband say about it? Do you still sleep with all the lights off?

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  33. My husband is totally freaked out by it. We sleep with the light on in the bathroom that is attached to our bedroom and with the hall light on, but we’ve always kept the hall light on in case we need to get up at night or the boys get up. So far since we shut and locked the door nothing has happened, he hasnt woken up and we havnt heard anything. I am afraid to try to open the door though! lol

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  34. Emily It’s funny I got to this comment today. I was just talking to my brother about all of this. He was freaked out. You really should talk to someone about this. There is a show called ghost hunters. I bet they will want to hear about this. Or That lady that is on the Montel Show. Silver Brown. Can tell you whats going on.

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