Whitney Cortner – Guest Contributor
Nov 4 2014
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Baylor Nursing School students and Judge Ken Starr Judge Ken Starr, 14th President and Chancellor, Baylor University poses with some of the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing students that volunteered to help with the event.

Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) hosted its second annual PRE Gala VIP reception on November 3 at 7 p.m. at the Belo Mansion in Dallas. This event continued the tradition of spotlighting championship efforts to help raise scholarship funds for student nurses.

The evening was generously hosted by Baylor Scott & White Health to support the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing. Welcoming over 160 distinguished guests was Dr. John B. McWhorter, III, Senior VP, Baylor Health Care System and President, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, in addition to Joel T. Allison, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer, Baylor Health Care System and Baylor Scott and White Health. Extending thanks on behalf of LHSON and sharing the convocation was Dr. Shelley F. Conroy, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE, Dean and Professor, LHSON and Inaugural Dean of the new Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences, Baylor University.

Giving a short keynote address was Bill and Tammy Simon who were the events honored guests and are Baylor parents. Bill was U.S. CEO of Walmart from 2010-2014 and Tammy is a former Clinical Nurse Specialist in Obstetrics and Cancer survivor. The VIP reception included closing remarks by Judge Ken Starr, 14th President and Chancellor, Baylor University and Alice Starr, Baylor’s First Lady. In addition, a special video about the importance of nursing and nursing student scholarships was shown that included a message from Robert Lee Griffin III (RG3), NFL Quarterback for the Washington Redskins and Baylor University 2011 Heisman Trophy winner. RG3 will give the keynote address at LHSON’s 4th Annual 2015 Going for the Gold Gala on Saturday, February 28 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. Gala sponsorship opportunities will be available soon and individual tickets will go on sale in early 2015.

The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing in Dallas is passionate about preparing exemplary nurses for the 21st Century and the key to doing that is recruiting and retaining outstanding students. Past Going for the Gold Galas featured champion athletes such as: America's gold medal legend Mary Lou Retton in 2014; former Dallas Cowboy running back Emmitt Smith in 2013 and Baylor's championship-winning women's basketball coach Kim Mulkey who joined former Dallas Cowboy quarterback Troy Aikman at the inaugural gala in 2012. Over the years the three gala have raised more than $1.7 million for student scholarships.     

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