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Toss for Texas Children's

41_toss_for_tch_sidebar_563More than 300 people pitched in from the bottoms of their hearts to make the inaugural Toss for Texas Children’s on October 23, 2013, a soaring success. The lush grounds of the Houston Polo Club were the scene for this first-ever beanbag toss tournament benefiting Texas Children’s Heart Center. The event raised $75,000 for pediatric cardiology treatment and research.

Quick! What Was It Like?

Take the easy elegance of The Great Gatsby and the camaraderie of a Southern college football tailgate party. Then combine them with a verdant field, a starry night, friendly competition and good eats from Houston’s top food trucks. The result? An outstanding evening to help heal children with dangerous heart conditions.

43_toss_for_tch_sidebar_295Benefiting Texas Children’s Heart Center

Texas Children’s Heart Center combines cutting-edge technology with compassion and a family-centered approach to pediatric cardiac care.


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Carolyn and David Anderson and Leslie and Michael Fertitta have been friends since college, but they never imagined they would become even closer because of Texas Children’s.

In January of 2008, the Andersons received the frightening news during a routine ultrasound that the baby boy Carolyn was carrying had a congenital heart defect called transposition of the great arteries, or TGA. TGA occurs when the two main arteries of the heart — the pulmonary artery and the aorta — are switched in position. Without surgery, the condition is fatal. Only five out of every 10,000 babies born in the United States each year are born with TGA. So one can only imagine the shock when two years ago, the Fertittas learned that their fourth child, John, had the same condition.

Dr. Charles Fraser Jr. operated on both babies shortly after birth and today, Hank Anderson and John Fertitta are active, thriving boys. The Fertittas and the Andersons, grateful for the lifesaving care provided at Texas Children’s, decided to combine their love for the hospital with their love of friendly competition — and Toss for Texas Children’s was born.


Kristen and David Buck

Allison and Miller Crosswell

Sally and Jason Dillee

Elizabeth and Gardner Dudley

Katherine and Doug George

Cari and John Griggs

Ashley and Michael Hanna

Jennifer and Bubba Harkins

Lizzie and Charlie Hermes

Natalie and Roy Horlock

Shelley and Billy Iglesias

Kristi and Robert Kincannon

Carrye and Kyle Krouse

Sarah and Matt Liuzzi

Alison and Jonathan Plumhoff

Amy and Mike Reeves

Beezie and Hanley Sayers

Kate and Logan Walters

Cathy and Greg Watson