Some have been wondering how 2018 Celebrating Women Luncheon Co-Chairs Pat McEvoy and Michal Powell were going to top last year’s guest of honor Jamie Lee Curtis. It’s sounding like they did just that. The person they managed to land for the mega-fundraising luncheon on Thursday, October 25, at the Hilton Anatole is known for all of the following:
- Is one of Ellen DeGeneres’ fav guests.
- Is on a super-duper ratings-killer TV show.
- Has won two Emmys and four Screen Actors Guild Awards and been nominated for three Golden Globes.
- Studied at The Second City Training Center in Chicago, where Tina Fey was the teacher.
- Knows all too the ordeal of losing family members to cancer, as well as the importance of supporting research and technology.
If you’ve ever watched “Modern Family,” then you know that Eric “Cam Tucker” Stonestreet will be the featured guest on stage chatting with Baylor Health Care System Foundation President Robin Robinson.
And while there should be plenty of laughs served up, there will also be some very serious discussion about the effects of cancer on families and the progress being made in the battle against this deadly disease.
According to Eric, “My grandmother survived cancer three times. Both of my grandfathers and my favorite uncle lost their battles against the disease. Cancer has been all too close to my loved ones and was especially close when my mom was diagnosed, not once, but twice,”
Last year he joined Dallas Cowboys Dak Prescott and actor/actress Tia Mowry in the Ready. Raise. Rise. campaign saying, “When my mom was diagnosed, I didn’t know what to do first. My family and I didn’t know anything about the latest cancer research, which made it difficult when talking with doctors about the options available to us.”
Another highlight of the luncheon will be the presentation of the Lindalyn B. Adams Award to Karla McKinley, who had shown grace and courage in going through her breast cancer journey.
Since its launch in 2000, the annual luncheon has raised nearly $31M for Baylor Scott and White Health’s fight against breast cancer.
Joining Pat and Michal in the effort to raise more monies for the program are Linda Carter and her daughter Christi Urschel as honorary co-chairs and Shelle Sill as underwriting chair.