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Harris County Hospital District Foundation celebrated its Jubilee of Caring gala on Oct10th with the eighth presentation of the Ben Taub Humanitarian Award. 

The honorees were long-time Houston philanthropists Don and Sidney Faust.  Over the years the Fausts have been supporters of Texas Children’s Hospital Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Harris Health System, and other Texas Medical Center institutions.  They established a program of regular retreats for young TCH cancer patients and their families at Squirrel Creek, the Faust family ranch in west Texas.  Sidney Faust commented, “The Squirrel Creek cancer retreats mean so much to Don and me.  Seeing the good it does for the families who have a child stricken with cancer gives us a purpose-filled life."  She continued, "Don and I are honored to receive the Award named after a great humanitarian, Mr. Ben Taub, who gave so generously to Houston."

Emceed by television personality Lisa Malosky, the 2013 gala featured presentations by Dr. Kenneth Mattox, Baylor Distinguished Service Professor and Chief of Staff at Ben Taub General Hospital, Dr. David Poplack, Director of Texas Children’s Hospital Cancer Center, and County Judge Ed Emmett, who presented a County Proclamation declaring October 10th Don and Sidney Faust Day throughout the County.  A video presentation profiled the work of Chief of Medical Oncology, Department of General Oncology, Division of Cancer Medicine, Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital, Dr. Alyssa Rieber.  Dr. Rieber is also a cancer survivor.

Entertainment was provided by Grammy-nominated recording artist Tamar Davis and musicians from the Richard Brown Orchestra.   The 2013 Jubilee of Caring was organized by Jubilee of Caring volunteer chairs, Lavonne Cox, Debby Leighton, and Mary Ann McKeithan.

The presentation of the Ben Taub Humanitarian Award to the Fausts was made by HCHD Foundation Board Chairman Henry J.N. Taub II together with Foundation Co-President, Denis DeBakey.  Proceeds from the gala will support cancer care programs at Harris Health’s Ben Taub and LBJ General Hospitals.  Specifically, these funds will be used by the Harris Health Child Life Department to provide cancer care support services to children and families to help them cope with the challenges of hospitalization, illness and disability.  

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Previous Ben Taub Humanitarian Award Honorees

Gerald Hines ~ 2011
Mayor Robert Lanier ~ 2009
Liz Love in Memory of Ben Love ~ 2008
Ned Holmes ~ 2006
Evans Attwell ~ 2003
Dr. Michael DeBakey ~ 2001
Ginni & Richard Mithoff ~ 2000





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