KHOU anchor Len Cannon was emceeing and legendary TV journalist Dan Rather was there to share his "colorful Texas Dan-isms" with the audience. The American Red Cross of Greater Houston's Wrapped in Red luncheon on Thursday, March 23 at Hilton Americas Downtown didn't lack for journalistic star power.
Over a lunch of chicken and cheesecake, donors were indeed treated to old-fashioned humor, including his response to his flattering introduction, which he attributed to Abraham Lincoln: "Never take time to deny it. The audience will find out the truth soon enough." Instead, Rather inspired attendees with his thoughts on his childhood hometown, calling Houston "a truly great city," "a can-do city" and "a city with a big heart."
Rather was not the only notable to take the stage. Elizabeth Ghrist may not have the same name recognition, but she was recognized as Community Honoree for her many years of civic volunteerism and dedication to serving others through the Red Cross. The Texas Medical Center (TMC), represented by Holcombe Crosswell, chairman of the TMC Board of Directors, was named Corporate Honoree for its ongoing support of the Red Cross. Winell Herron, H-E-B Group Vice President of Public Affairs and Diversity, was recognized for her civic leadership and role as honorary event chair. Houston city council member Amanda Edwards proclaimed March as Red Cross Month in honor of all who help the Red Cross advance its humanitarian mission. As Rather put it, Red Cross' work is "the epitome of the American ethos of willingness of heart."