A Two Million Dollar Surprise for Texas Children’s Hospital

THE BLUE BIRD CIRCLE ENDOWS A TWO MILLION DOLLAR CHAIR IN PEDIATRIC NEUROLOGY AND NEUROSCIENCES AT TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Blue Bird Circle members, their families, neurologists and staff from the Blue Bird Circle Clinic at Texas Children’s Hospital gathered for an event billed as “Fall-En Love with a Blue Bird”. It was promoted as a fall evening of socializing and shopping at the Blue Bird Circle Resale Shop at 645 West Alabama and a chance for prospective new Blue Birds to meet some members

It certainly turned out to be an evening to fall in love with the Blue Birds. A surprise announcement awaited the crowd of 150 at 7:00 pm when the Blue Bird President Pat Edwards first thanked Ellen Stough, First Vice-President for planning the party as well as Maggie Austin and Sharon Baker for leading the shop transformation and the decorations.

“Service is the rent we pay for the space we occupy,” said Edwards. “Our service has grown tremendously with our clinic workers whose volunteer hours equate as much as three hospital employees and our wonderful shop that stimulates this community and helps provide funding for our children with neurological conditions.”

The she called up Dr. Mark Kline, Physician-in-Chief of Texas Children’s Hospital, Dr. Gary Clark and Dr. Robert Zeller and Mr. John Scales to join her. Then she announced a gift of two million dollars to establish The Blue Bird Circle Endowed Chair for Neurology and the Neurosciences. The gasps of surprise from the crowd were audible.

“ it will be only one of three endowed Chairs in pediatric neurology in the entire nation,” said Dr. Robert Zeller, Director of the Blue Bird Circle Clinic for Pediatric Neurology. “

The endowed chair will provide funding for the department of pediatric neurology in perpetuity. The two million dollar gift from the Blue Bird Circle will be invested to generate 5% or $100,000 each year for use by Dr. Gary Clark, the Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Texas Children’s Hospital and his future successor’s.

“ I can’t think of a better person to manage the money,” said Dr. Mark Klein,Physician in Chief of Texas Children’s Hospital.