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Nora's Home at the Kentucky Derby Gala

Nora’s Home is pleased to announce the 5th Annual Kentucky Derby Gala on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Houston. The event will benefit Nora’s Home facility and programs that provide care, education, and support for transplant patients and their families. Guests are encouraged to dress in Kentucky Derby fashion or cocktail attire. 


Gala Chairs Brigitte and Bashar Kalai will welcome guests with a private casino room, live entertainment, a cocktail hour and a silent auction. Guests will enjoy a Kentucky Derby-style dinner before Nora’s Home honors two Winning Circle transplant patients and their families. The 2016 Nora’s Home gala honorees are the Boudwin and Bono families, who have continuously provided leadership and support to the Nora’s Home mission. 


Proceeds from the evening benefit the Adopt-A-Family fund which provides financial support for families who cannot afford to pay the minimal nightly fee.


WHEN:                 Friday, May 6, 2016

                              7 p.m. 


WHERE:               Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston

                             2222 West Loop South

                             Houston, TX 77027


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History and Purpose


In 1998 Doctors Osama and Lillian Gaber established Nora’s Gift Foundation in memory of their daughter Nora, who was killed in a tragic automobile accident. Nora’s legacy did not end with her death. Her organ donations helped several critically ill children and fueled the creation of Nora’s home, an enduring gift to those in need.


Patients suffering from end stage organ disease and facing the need for life saving transplant surgery must deal with many challenges. Medical care often requires them to travel far from home and many patients awaiting transplant, under-going surgery or having follow-up care must stay in Houston for many months. During this difficult time, and in addition to their tremendous medical expenses, patients and their families are burdened with the high cost of lodging, the loneliness of being away from their loved ones and the fear of losing their jobs, homes and way of life.

Nora’s Home offers transplant patients and their families an affordable place to stay where they can find support and share experiences with others, in the comfort of a home-like environment. Nora’s Home is a new, freestanding facility near the Texas Medical Center at 8300 El Rio Street. Built with the specific needs of transplant patients and families in mind it includes: 16 private bedrooms and baths, a fully equipped kitchen, a great room, a chapel, a community room, an education center and free shuttle services to the medical center.

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