The sixth annual MainStreet America Gala held last spring benefited the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (NRI) at Texas Children’s Hospital. The event raised more than $520,000 through sponsorships, a live auction and generous donations — bringing the six-year total to more than $1.5 million in support.
The brainchild of Mike and Barbara Feigin, CEO and CFO of MainStreet America, the event was created to support the mission of the NRI: advancing research that will one day lead to better treatments and better lives for the hundreds of millions of individuals across the world living with neurological disorders.
The Feigins epitomized the theme of the evening — Changing Lives, Building for the Future — when even Hurricane Harvey didn’t dampen their spirit. They remained determined and dedicated to their mission of raising funds and awareness for the NRI and were able to repair their event space in time to host the gala.
In addition to the Feigins, guests at the gala included Dr. Huda Zoghbi, director of the NRI; Debbie and Steve Sukin; Cynthia and Tony Petrello; Shirley and Ralph Alexander; Melinda Stubbs; and Abby and Christopher Venegas.
The Third Annual Dinner for a Cure
Last September, Shirley and Ralph Alexander hosted the third annual Dinner for a Cure, which also supported the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (NRI) at Texas Children’s, directed by Dr. Huda Zoghbi. This event brought in $50,000 of the total amount raised through the MainStreet America Gala.
The five-course, seated dinner was exquisitely prepared by Austin Simmons, executive chef of concepts TRIS, Cureight and The Kitchen in The Woodlands, and Lawrence Fogarty, executive chef of MainStreet America and the Main Course Cooking School in Spring. The elaborate dinner was coordinated by Brooke Schmitt and Shirley Alexander.
The night’s expenses were generously underwritten by the Alexanders and by Wells Fargo Private Bank.