Nonprofit Raises Nearly $1M at Annual Gala

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Friends of Nora’s Home boogy the night away at disco-themed soiree

Nora’s Home hosted its 8th annual gala, We Are Family, celebrating the gift of life at The Post Oak Hotel recently. This year’s gala raised $950,000, which will allow Nora’s Home to continue to provide a safe, affordable, and comfortable place for transplant patients and their families to stay so that they can focus on what really matters, the health and recovery of their loved ones.

As guests arrived, they enjoyed a groovy cocktail reception where they were able to test their luck with lively casino games before being seated to enjoy a delicious dinner of filet mignon and salmon. Event chairs Nick and Vicki Massad, along with their daughter, Taylor, gave a heartwarming testimony, sharing the story of how Taylor was a perfect match and donated her kidney to her father, Nick. The burst of a confetti cannon kicked off the appeal to get the party started, and attendees participated in a lively auction for items like a Texas-sized hog hunt, a live painting by Taft McWhorter, and a pair of puppy brothers.

In addition to raising funds to assist organ failure and transplant patients in receiving treatment at the Texas Medical Center, this year’s event also celebrated the grand opening of its recent expansion by honoring Houston philanthropists Carole and Jim Looke and Paula and Rusty Walter. This special family, consisting of brother and sister Carole and Rusty, as well as their spouses, has continued to generously support Nora’s Home from the beginning and has helped ensure that transplant patients have a place to call home during their greatest time of need. To finish out the evening after an incredible program, The Grooves took the stage and guests broke out their moves and danced the night away.


To learn more about the Houston nonprofit, visit

COURTESY: Anna Bailey, PHOTOS: Daniel Ortiz

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