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Honorary Chairs Bela Cooley, Lisa Cooley and Ciara Cooley.

Family and Friends Join Together in Support of KidneyTexas, Inc.        
KidneyTexas, Inc. The Runway Report 2018 Luncheon and Fashion Show  Theme Transforming Lives Honorary Chairs and Beneficiaries Announced


Lisa Cooley, Ciara Cooley and Bela Cooley, Honorary Chairs
 Annalee Aston, Luncheon Chair | Anna Bland “AB”  Aston, Co-Chair
Therese Rourk, Underwriting Chair | Lauryn Gayle White, Luncheon Advisory

Mary Lee Cox, President

KidneyTexas, Inc. luncheon chair Annalee Aston, and her co-chair and mother Anna Bland "AB" Aston; along with Mary Lee Cox, president of KidneyTexas, Inc. and her daughter Therese Rourk, Advisory Board chair and luncheon underwriting chair, along with dear friend Lauryn Gayle White, Luncheon Advisory; announce Lisa Cooley, her daughter Ciara Cooley and daughter-in-law Bela Cooley as honorary chairs of the September 27, 2018 Fashion Show and Luncheon  themed Transforming Lives at Brook Hollow Golf Club.  It's a family and friends affair for sure!

          Since its founding in 1999, KidneyTexas, Inc. has provided more than $3.5 million in local funding to help in the search for a cure, to promote research, enhance treatment and support quality renal care in our community.

          This year's beneficiaries are:
*        Baylor Health Care System Foundation, $28,955 for a Program Coordinator;

*        Children's Medical Center Foundation, $26,000 for a Nephrology Child Life Specialist;

*        Camp Reynal, $19,500 for campers and counselors;

*        Methodist Health System Foundation, $30,000 for a Kidney Transplant Study;

*        Parkland Health & Hospital Foundation, $30,500 for a Kidney Dialysis Unit;

*        Texas Health Resources Foundation, $10,943 for a Hemodialysis Unit;

*        UT Southwestern Medical Center, $10,950 for PKD drug research.


Each and every year, more people die from kidney disease than from breast cancer or prostate cancer and thousands more, including both children and adults, are profoundly affected by the tremendous physical, financial and emotional toil brought on by kidney disease. 

Thanks to the efforts of everyone involved in KidneyTexas, Inc., along with underwriters, supporters, community and business leaders, this organization is Transforming Lives. North Texans living with kidney disease and the diseases this research impacts have reason to hope for a better life. 

One of the first major fashion shows and luncheons of the fall season, fashion show sponsor TOOTSIES works hand-in-hand with the fabulous Jan Strimple who produces a fashion show with surprises that consistently hits everyone's Insta and FB immediately. 

Media sponsors are Modern Luxury Dallas, The Park Cities News/The Waters Family and

Underwriting begins at $2,500 and is available at levels up to $50,000. Table host, sponsor and underwriter benefits include preferred seating, special program visibility and more. A limited number of $250 seats are available. Patron Individual seating tickets are at $500 and $1,000.

For more information, visit the web site at, email or call 214-891-0896.


Now is the time to join KidneyTexas, Inc. and get in on the ground floor of this year’s exciting private events, including teas and parties at private homes and Fashion Show and Luncheon announcements.

Membership in KidneyTexas, Inc. is open to the public and offers many benefits. Men are invited to join in their own special category, Men of Kidney. There is also a special Young Adult membership level for those from 21 – 35 at a discounted rate. Sign up through the website at at, contact 214-891-0896 or email         


Mission Statement: The purpose of KidneyTexas, Inc. is to provide funding to improve the methods of treatment, the search for a cure and prevention of kidney disease and other kindred or contributory diseases; and to develop more adequate provision for the care of persons suffering from such diseases.


Statistics: Debilitating kidney diseases impact approximately 20 million people in the United States today. Groups at high risk include African Americans, Hispanics, senior citizens and people with diabetes. In Texas, there are over 30,000 people on dialysis and 4,000 on a transplant list. The number of patients on dialysis is anticipated to double this decade.


History: Since 1999, the dedicated volunteers of KidneyTexas, Inc. have worked in tandem with our generous underwriters to raise over $3.5 million for local efforts to improve the ability to diagnose and manage kidney disease. 


Each fall KidneyTexas, Inc. hosts its Fashion Show and Luncheon in an effort to raise money for designated beneficiaries and awareness for a disease that affects millions of people each year. The success of this event depends heavily upon the contributions and dedication of our Dallas business and community leaders, and we're asking for your support.   


About TOOTSIES: Housed in a vast 20,000 square foot space in the Plaza at Preston Center, Tootsies is a modern full line specialty store offering the very best dresses, denim, ready to wear, shoes, handbags and jewelry.  We are a one stop shop known for exceptional service and on site personal styling in addition to our curated collection of designers including A.L.C.  Aquazurra, Brandon Maxwell, Cinq a' Sept, Self Portrait, Ulla Johnson and Veronica Beard.  

* Photos by Dana Driensky

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