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SOLUTIONS ISSUE #1 2017 Funding initiatives with the

power to help physicians create a healthier future for all Texans


Deborah A. Fuller, MD President

Leslie H. Secrest, MD Vice President

Mary Love (Bitsy) Henderson Secretary

James A. Prentice, MD Treasurer

Angie Donahue

Executive Committee Member-At-Large Jessica Best, MD

Medical Student Section Representative

Carlos J. Cardenas, MD TMA President Elect Matthew L. Edwards

Resident & Fellows Section Representative Jedidiah Grisel, MD

Shannon Hancher-Hodges, MD

Young Physician Section Representative Patrick Hearn

Isabel V. Hoverman, MD Gregory R. Johnson, MD Milla Perry Jones Robert W. Jones David Landry Robert Michelin

Lee Ann Pearse, MD Susan M. Pike, MD

Rajam Ramamurthy, MD

Eldon Stevens Robinson, MD Kate Rogers

Michael E. Speer, MD

Charlotte M. Stelly-Seitz, MD Daniel V. Vijjeswarapu, MD E. Linda Villarreal, MD D’Anna Wick

Behold the Infinite Galaxy at TMAF’s 24th Annual Gala SCHEDULE FOR THE EVENING

Touch down in Space City for TMA’s TexMed and

What’s inside

Donors Envision a Healthier Texas in 2017 .......................2

Record Number of Donors Recognized .............................4

Child Health Initiatives Win TMAF Award................................5

SOLUTIONS is published semi-annually by

TMA Foundation, the 501 (c) (3) philanthropic arm of Texas Medical Association.

Executive Director: Lisa C. Stark Walsh, MA

(800) 880-1300, ext. 1666 or (512) 370-1666 or

Fax (512) 370-1642

the TMA Foundation gala, BLAST OFF!, on May 5 at the Marriott Marquis Houston.

The heavenly evening features silent and live auctions, an elegant dinner with a spirited game of Heads or Tails and dancing in the glow of the cosmos! Find more information, a list of current sponsors, plus previews of the silent and live auctions, at

Reserve your spot by purchasing your VIP tickets at $260* each (you get early bidding on silent auction items and extra recognition) or regular-price tickets at $210.* For tickets or a table of eight, contact TMAF at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1466, or (512) 370-1466,, or

*Ticket prices increase to $235 for general guest tickets and $285 for VIP guest tickets after April 28, 2017.

Early Bird Check-In Reduce your wait! 5 to 6 pm

Pre-Launch Festivities Silent auction bidding, hors d’oeuvres and open bar, and live auction preview 6:30 to 7 pm VIP Guest and Sponsor Reception 7 to 8 pm General Guest Reception

Lift-Off! Dinner, live auction and dancing to The Matchmaker Band ( 8 to 10:30 pm

Re-Entry 9:15-10:30 pm Auction check-out

(continued on page 8) Historic Campaign Exceeds Goal

The TMAF Endowment for Innovation Campaign (EIC) has raised $1 million in its first phase, which ended Dec. 31, 2016.

“More than 100 TMA and TMA Alliance members and other donors gave generously in their belief that they could do something extraordinary to improve the health of all Texans,” remarked Deborah A. Fuller, MD, TMAF president. Donors to the campaign were recognized at the TMA Winter Conference on Jan. 28 in Austin where the campaign results were announced.

The second phase of the campaign continues in 2017 with the goal of raising an additional $250,000 by year’s end.

“The EIC was launched in the Fall of 2015 to build the TMAF General Endowment to provide a new stream of funding for bold initiatives with more widespread and visible impacts and secure TMAF’s operational capacity,” stated Susan M. Pike, MD, TMAF board member and Development Committee co-chair.

In 2015, the General Endowment had approximately $900,000 in net assets, which included the lead campaign gift of $50,000, donated in 2014. The overall campaign goal is to more than double these net assets to more than $2 million.

At the completion of the campaign, the investment income from the General Endowment will provide a new stream of funding to support a strategic approach to grant making and elevate proven efforts by making grants that replicate, scale, leverage and expand.

Thank you if you have already donated to the quiet phase of the EIC. If you’ve not yet donated to the EIC and would like to learn more or make a gift, please contact our executive director, Lisa Stark Walsh, at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1666, or

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