Shortly after Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands opened its doors, nearly 600 guests gathered in a lavish tent on the hospital grounds for a Grand Opening Gala last April. The highlight of the evening was a stunning performance by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, Jewel, who entertained the crowd by performing some of her famous hits, including “You Were Meant For Me.” She also shared the inspiration behind her music, personal details of her life and her gratitude for the work being done at Texas Children’s.
Co-chaired by Tracey and Sean O’Neal and Johnna and Ryan Edone, the event raised nearly $900,000 for Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands. During the evening, guests were also treated to stunning décor and delectable delights by A Fare Extraordinaire, followed by a rousing live auction. Guests bid on exotic beach vacations and exclusive behind-the-scenes Hollywood tours donated by Brenda and Bill Bannerman, Marchita and John Cook, Kathy and George Bishop, and others. The auction alone brought in more than $300,000 to support The Woodlands Hospital.
Jewel visits Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands – photo by Paul Vincent Kuntz
Earlier in the day, Jewel paid a special visit to the hospital and was given a guided tour of Texas Children’s newest full-service community hospital by Dr. Charles Hankins.
Their first stop was the audiology suite in the outpatient building, where she was able to see firsthand the state-of-the-art audiology booth named in her honor and in recognition of her generous personal gift to support the hospital. Jewel then went room to room on the acute care floor of the inpatient facility talking with patients and families about their experiences. She also played board games in the hospital’s playroom and gave a special performance, which brought lots of smiles to the children’s faces!