The Arthritis Foundation‘s signature costume gala the 2014 Houston Bone Bash raised more than $260,000 on Saturday, October 25 at Hotel Derek.
The gala, emceed by KPRC’s News Anchor Courtney Zavala and Sara Davenport, was described as one of the most fun and exciting parties in Houston. Attended by 350 of Houston’s most philanthropic and influential, Arthritis Foundation delighted guests at Hotel Derek with a haunted casino, enchanted forest, dancing and a live auction with some of the most unusual and novel auction items.
The live auction featured items such as a beautiful peacock, a two-day-old donkey appropriately named “Basher,” a dove hunting trip in Argentina and much more raising more than $50,000 alone.
Dr. William Jay Bryan, prominent orthopedic surgeon at Houston Methodist Hospital, was honored as this year’s Medical Honoree, and Houston philanthropist Dr. Carolyn Farb, h.c. was awarded the inaugural Ötzi Hero for Healing award.
As the finale, the Arthritis Foundation showed a touching video featuring the life of Tucker Beau Hyatt and children like him. Tucker Beau Hyatt is a six-year-old boy who was diagnosed with severe arthritis at the age of two and Houston’s Child Face of Arthritis. As a toddler with little understanding of arthritis, he would tell people he had “monstritis.” He fantasized a world where Batman helped him fight the painful “monstritis.”
The event’s crowning moment was a sea of blue lit by the Batman signal for help shining brightly through. Tucker Beau stood proudly in a Batman costume telling people that “kids need Batman’s help.” Then, the real Batman, Dynamos player Mike Chabala dressed in a full Batman costume, entered the room and joined Tucker Beau Hyatt onstage. Batman told Tucker Beau that he came that evening to help him fight arthritis. Tucker Beau’s face said all that needed to be said. He thanked Batman for helping to fight “monstritis.”