Friday, November 19, 2010

Pat and Emmitt Smith Honored with 2010 Folsom Leadership Award

A reception was held at the home of former President and Mrs. George W. Bush on November 3, 2010 for major donors to the 2010 Methodist Health System Foundation Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award. Shown here (l to r): April Box Chamberlain, president and CEO Methodist Health System Foundation; Daryl Johnston, 2010 Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award event co-chair; former President George W. Bush; former First Lady Laura Bush, 2008 Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award recipient; Pat and Emmitt Smith, 2010 Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award recipients.

By Froswa' Booker Drew, Dallas/Fort Worth Contributor
A reception was held at the home of former President and Mrs. George W. Bush on November 3 for major donors to the 2010 Methodist Health System Foundation Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award. President Bush started the evening by welcoming everyone stating, “Laura and I are privileged to be a part of this special occasion to honor Pat and Emmitt Smith as the recipients of the 2010 Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award. Without a doubt, they exemplify the great legacy of Bob Folsom.”

The foundation presented the 2010 Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award to Pat and Emmitt Smith on November 11, during a dinner held at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. Established in 2005, the award recognizes individuals whose demonstrated commitment and excellence in community leadership emulates the achievements of former Dallas Mayor Robert S. Folsom.

April Box Chamberlain, President and CEO of Methodist's Foundation expressed her thanks to President Bush. “Your generous support of the 2010 Folsom Leadership Award has allowed us to spotlight the significant responsibility Methodist fulfills in Dallas by serving one of the most diverse and vulnerable populations in the Metroplex. It is noteworthy that Pat Smith serves on Methodist Dallas Medical Center’s advisory board. And we could not have an event honoring the Smiths without the involvement and support of their good friends, Troy Aikman and Daryl Johnston.”

Event Co-Chairman Daryl Johnston said, “The Smiths have always done things behind the scenes and have asked for no notoriety and no praise. They’ve touched the lives of so many children. They have asked that the funds raised from this year’s Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award event to go to help provide care to indigent patients at Methodist Health System.”

Pat and Emmitt Smith added, “Our connection to Methodist is that our parents have been treated there. They received intense love, support and kindness, and we want others who may not be able to afford healthcare to receive that type of care. Last year, Methodist provided nearly $91 million in charity care.”

Methodist Health System is a nonprofit organization. More information is available at www.MethodistHealthSystem.org/Folsom.

Photo: Methodist Health System/Source: Press release

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