by | July 10, 2019 | Society
Sarah Moore and Tracy Williams

Sarah Moore and Tracy Williams


Texas Biomedical Forum Gala

The Night They Invented Champagne, was the theme for this year’s annual gala chaired by Whitney Solcher Miller, co-chair Cynthia Kerby and gala assistant Whitney Schones. Held at The Argyle, this group celebrated its 48th annual gala with fine dining, entertainment by Doc Watkins and his Orchestra, dancing and of course plenty of bubbles!  After popping the bubbly, guests were encouraged to attend, Late Night at Maxim’s for more celebration.

The mission of the Texas Biomedical Forum is to support the Texas Biomedical Research Institute through community relations, volunteer services, and fundraising. Since 1971, the members of the Forum have been organizing and hosting San Antonio’s premier spring

Gala co chair Cynthia Kerby president Jody Lutz and co chair Whitney Solcher Miller

Gala co-chair Cynthia Kerby, president Jody Lutz, and co-chair Whitney Solcher Miller

formal fundraiser in support of the Texas Biomedical Research Institute. Each Gala has its own theme, carefully selected by the volunteer chairs. The event, historically held the first Saturday in May at The Argyle, attracts over 500 attendees. The Forum presents the event proceeds to Texas Biomed, which funds research scientists’ pilot study grants.

Hayley Conger and Courtney Conger

Hayley Conger and Courtney Conger

Amy Swaney and Emily Sytsma

Amy Swaney and Emily Sytsma


Ethics in Business Luncheon

For more than a decade, Ethics in Business San Antonio has been fostering an environment where ethical business practices are recognized and shared for the benefit of the workplace and our community. The Center honored the Ziegler family for being an exemplar of ethical commitment and civic engagement. They recognize the importance of ethics-based leadership and have experienced the longevity that comes with it. For five generations, the Zieglers have stood for dependability, integrity and providing the best possible service for this city that they love.

Lahourcade Award was presented to the Ziegler Family

Ziegler family: Valerie Ziegler, Will Ziegler, Haley Conger, Mary Conger, Brent Conger, Lori Conger, Thad M. Ziegler, Thad W. Ziegler, Lynn Ziegler, Max Schenker, Barbara Schenker, Thad C. Ziegler, and Anna Ziegler.


The Center also honored Valero for creating a business environment where ethics-based leadership paves the way for substantial economic support for our South Texas communities. Valero is a model of integrity and ethical leadership for businesses around the world.

Winners of the Lahourcade Award for excellence in ethical decision-making were bestowed upon Valero and the Ziegler family.  Mr. Mark Schmeltekopf– Chief Accounting officer at Valero served as the keynote speaker.

Carolyn Johnson Barbara Wood and Ellen OGorman

Carolyn Johnson Barbara Wood and Ellen O Gorman

Proceeds for the event support the education, counseling and wellness programs at The Ecumenical Center, which is dedicated to healing and growth in our community.


Rebecca’s Wish Wild for Wishes

Rebecca’s Wish is a 501©(3) charity launched by Rebecca Taylor in 2018.  Rebecca is a teen who founded this nonprofit as a result of her chronic pancreatitis and related complications.

Founder Rebeccas Wish Rebecca Taylor

Founder Rebeccas Wish Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca is one of the few children in the world now living without a pancreas. Rebecca’s body started shutting down almost a decade ago because of an unknown autoimmune disease that eventually attacked her pancreas.  She suffered for years in agonizing pain until receiving a lifesaving surgery that removed her pancreas. Every day, she is still fighting for her life, as opposed to wallowing in self-pity, Rebecca decided to fight for the thousands and thousands of children diagnosed annually with pediatric pancreatitis, a disease for which there is no known cure.

Cece and Brent Given with Jessica Berg

Cece and Brent Given with Jessica Berg

When the Make-A-Wish Foundation heard about Rebecca and approached her to make her dreams come true, Rebecca sidestepped the ordinary and shot for the extraordinary. She asked for a medical philanthropist to help her start a non-profit so that she could help children just like herself, suffering from this tortuous disease.

Rebecca’s 2nd Annual Gala, Wild for Wishes, took place at the San Antonio Zoo and included generous culinary donors DUNKIN’ Bowl & Barrel, My Chef Meals, Two Bros. BBQ Market, The Rustic, Papa Johns, Snowflake Donuts, and Scooters who passed out samples, and when not snacking, guests could pet the boa constructors, ride the Merry Go ‘Round, bid on the silent and live auctions, and dance the night away with the Klocks!

Guests, sponsors, family and friends included president, Rebecca’s Wish Christyn Taylor, chair Tracee Feik, and husband John Feik, David and Lucy Peveto who created a one-of-a-kind acrylic painting, Jessica and Ryan Berg, Vanessa Hurd, Cece and Brent Given, San Antonio Zoo CEO Tim Morrow, Lori Coiner, Jeff Goldblatt, Dr. Sandeep Patel, Sharon and Kenny Wilson, Julia and Greg Mann, Kristi Koehler, Amy Garcia, and Kerry and Joe Mims.



Save The Date

July 13

Believers Inspiring Survivors for Hope Foundation Music Festival


6:30 – 10:40 PM

This will be the 9th year for the Believers Inspiring Survivors for Hope Foundation Music Festival. This is a free event but donations are accepted at the doors, with the donations going towards cancer research. There will be live bands, a silent auction, raffle and live auction to raise money for cancer research.


September 7

11th Annual Starry Night Camp Gala


6 PM

The Children’s Association for Maximum Potential (CAMP) is hosting its 11th annual gala and celebrating 40 years of helping those with medical or special needs, and those who care for them. CAMP provides resources, care, education, awareness, and financial assistance for those in need. More than 400 local leaders, business owners, and community members attend this event.


September 19

2019 Ranch Chic Fashion Show



5:30 – 9 PM

This unique fashion show is an opportunity to view the best Ranch Chic gear before the big Cattle Baron’s Gala while raising awareness for cancer. Strutting down the runway will be professional models and cancer survivors. In addition to the fashion show, there will be plenty of delicious food, by Don Strange and a raffle of great items. 2019SanAntonioCattleBaronsGala/RanchChicFashionShow/


September 14

35th Annual San Antonio Zoo Run


8:30 AM

Lace-up your sneakers and round up 3 of your friends for this relay race supporting the San Antonio Zoo. This is an event for adults and children to participate in!


By Leslie Foley

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