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Kelli Ford and Gerald J. Ford

Kelli and Gerald J. Ford, Nancy Ann and Ray L. Hunt, and Lottye Brodsky and Bobby B. Lyle will serve as event co-chairs of the 2016 Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award dinner benefiting Methodist Health System on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. 

R. Gerald Turner, PhD, president of Southern Methodist University, philanthropist, and education and community leader, will be honored with the Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award, which will be presented at the dinner. Established in 2005, the award recognizes individuals whose demonstrated commitment and excellence in community leadership emulate the achievements of former Dallas Mayor Robert S. Folsom. 

“The commitment by these transformational leaders to Methodist Health System will change the lives of the individuals we serve. As co-chairs of this year’s Folsom dinner, Kelli and Jerry, Nancy Ann and Ray, and Lottye and Bobby will bring their passion, expertise, and long-standing friendship with Dr. Turner, to raise important funds for the programs and services we provide to the Dallas community,” said April Box, Methodist Health System Foundation President and CEO.

Since 2005, the Folsom Award events have netted more than $14 million to benefit Methodist Health System’s programs and services. This year, Dr. Turner and his wife, Gail, asked that the proceeds from the event support the programs offered through the Methodist Dallas Golden Cross Academic Clinic. Located across from Methodist Dallas Medical Center, the clinic uses the services of medical residents and fellows to care for uninsured and underinsured patients who are in need of primary care and struggling with chronic diseases.

For those interested in supporting the Folsom Award, Leadership Circle underwriting begins at $10,000. This level of sponsorship includes invitations to an exclusive patron party. For more information, please contact Methodist Health System Foundation at 214-947-4555 or More information is available at

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