The weather was made to order Thursday night for the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children‘s 17th Annual Treasure Street. But that’s sorta typical for anything associated with TSRHC. It always seems to be magically perfect. Whether it’s the smell of popcorn as you enter the hospital or the never-charge-for services policy, TSRHC seems to be the place where magic, medicine and miracles happen.
But Thursday night it was the grounds surrounding the pediatric medical center that were the center of attention with 1,300 guests raising around $1M. With Co-chairs Susan and Stephen Butt and Betsy and Richard Eiseman Jr. looking on, the park’s sculptures and playground became a glamorous
party land with tents filled with silent auction items, a Rolls Royce lounging near the stage of Chef Chair Dean Fearing, Houston Chef Robert Del Grande (Café Annie), The Barb Wires and Texas music legend Robert Earl Keen.
Speaking of Dean, he was also responsible for rounding up some of Texas’s tops chefs — Julian Barsotti (Nonna and Carbonne’s), Anthony Van Camp (SĒR Steak + Spirits), Bruno Davaillon (Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek), Paula Lambert (Mozzarella Company), Monica Greene
(Monica’s “Nueva Cocina”), Jim Severson (Sevy’s Grill), Janice Provost (Parigi), Eddie “Lucky” Campbell (The Chesterfield), Robert Del Grande, Fort Worth’s Molly McCook (Ellerbe Fine Foods), Austin’s Larry Guilbeau (Central Market) and San Antonio’s Bruce Auden (Biga on the Banks) and Jason Dady (Tre Tratttoria & Bin 555) — to serve up food throughout the night.
Dean’s involvement in the annual fundraiser is due to, “My son [Jackson Fearing] was diagnosed with dyslexia at Scottish Rite when he was in the third grade. He’s now in the eighth grade, at the Winston School. Having him diagnosed at Scottish Rite was the best thing we ever did–once we got over the shell-shock!”
Highlights of the night included mixologist Eddie Campbell’s creating a “Treasure Street Smash” with bourbon, two custom-made hunt buggies auctioned off at the live auction for $70,000, and Richard Eiseman taking home the painting by local artist Christopher Martin and TSRHC patients for $9,000.