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Community Immunity Spring Luncheon

Susan Feigin Harris, Dr. Peter Hotez, Dr. Paul Klotman, Anna Dragsbaek. Photo by: Omar Mejia

Susan Feigin Harris, Dr. Peter Hotez, Dr. Paul Klotman, Anna Dragsbaek. Photo by: Omar Mejia


Community Immunity Spring Luncheon

 Surges Forward to 

Keep Texans Free of Vaccine Preventable Diseases


HOUSTON, TX (April 16, 2012) – More than 320 Houstonians filled The Junior League of Houston for the third annual “Community Immunity Spring Luncheon” and awards ceremony, on April 12.  The esteemed Judge Ed Emmett and wife Gwen served as honorary chairpersons, while Kim and Scott David were co-chairs. The event raised a record-breaking $151,326 which will be used to safeguard children and families from vaccine-preventable diseases.  Roseann Rogers served as emcee for the fundraiser.

Dr. Peter Hotez, professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology and Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine, chief of a new Section of Pediatric Tropical Medicine and founding dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, was the keynote speaker.  He engaged the audience with a presentation that covered neglected tropical diseases in developing countries where people do not have access to vaccines or adequate healthcare. Through his research and the efforts of the Sabin Vaccine Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital, he is helping to develop life saving vaccines.

Anna C. Dragsbaek, president and CEO of The Immunization Partnership, and board members honored Dr. Hotez with the prestigious Ralph D. Feigin, M.D. Award for Excellence in recognition of his research and tireless efforts in saving hundreds of thousands of lives around the world, while protecting against disease through immunizations. 

Houston Community College’s Coleman Campus received the Boettiger Award for Community Partnership, for their support in implementing best practices to keep Texas children up-to-date with their immunizations. The Boettiger award, formerly known as the Community Partnership Award, was renamed in memory of the late John Boettiger Jr., ASA, CFA, CMC, former board member of The Immunization Partnership (TIP). Boettiger, through his work with TIP and other organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America, embodied the spirit of community partnership.

Following the awards presentation, St Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities surprised Dragsbaek and The Immunization Partnership with a check in the amount of $50,000 for their commitment to eradicating vaccine preventable diseases through public and private partnerships, education, advocacy and public policy.  

Guests dined on grilled chicken with risotto, mixed vegetables, and pecan ball with ice cream for dessert.


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