2016 Houston Knuckle Ball

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KNUCKLE BALL…A Pitch for Life

October 20, 2016
Hotel ZaZa
Evening Emcee – Michael Pearce
Event Chairs – Natalie Niekro, Michael Pearce, and Matthew Burrus

Joe Niekro Humanitarian Honoree
Deborah Duncan – KHOU 11 and Brain Aneurysm Survivor

Joe Niekro Medical Humanitarian Honoree
Arthur Day, MD – Memorial Hermann Health System and McGovern Medical School

Host Committee
Philamena and Arthur Baird
Molly and Allen Brivic
Donae and Rob Chramosta
Staci and Dr. Quang Henderson
Dr. Sippi and Ajay Khurana
Dr. Dong Kim
Sherry and Mark Logan
Rania and Dr. Ramy Mankarious
Shelby Kibodeaux and Bruce Padilla
Dr. Monica Patel
Connie and Don Rankin
Alicia and Lance Smith
Amanda and Stephen Spielman
Leticia and Steve Trauber
Phoebe and Bobby Tudor
Julie and Miles Voss

Honorary Athlete Host Committee

Michael Bourne
Brad Branson
Harvey Catchings
Jose and Sarah Cruz, Jr.
Dawn and Bill Dawley
Lori and Jeff DeWillis
Judy and Larry Dierker
Reggie Dixon
John Egan
Sandy and Jim Foor
Carol and Phil Garner
Steve Hayes
Betty and Solly Hemus
Betty and Art Howe
Mel Huglett
Philip and Kristan Humber
Willie Mae and Kevin Loder
Joyce and Ricky Pierce
Robert and Dana Reid
Alphonso Roundtree
Howard Smith
Ollie Taylor
Dickie Thon
Nancy and Carl Warwick
DeeDee and Ellis Wyms

Thank you to all those who supported the October 20th Houston Knuckle Ball…A Pitch for Life gala, to support brain aneurysm, AVM and hemorrhagic stroke research and awareness.

Houston socialite, Michael Pearce, did an amazing job entertaining our guests while Marilyn Monroe wowed the crowd with a surprise performance of “Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend.”

Houston Knuckle Ball

Congratulations to our Joe Niekro Medical Humanitarian Honoree, Arthur Day, M.D., Professor and Vice Chair of the Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. Dr. Day, who also serves as Director of Clinical Education at the Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute, was recognized for his research and continued advancements and treatment studies of brain aneurysms, AVMs and hemorrhagic strokes.

This year’s Joe Niekro Humanitarian Honoree, Deborah Duncan is no stranger to the Houston community. Joining the KHOU 11 airwaves in 2002, Deborah has made a dramatic footprint in the Lone Star State. A ruptured brain aneurysm survivor Deborah has made a commitment to help spread awareness of this devastating condition and educate others on the importance of early detection.

The Joe Niekro Foundation is committed to supporting patients and families, research, treatment and awareness of brain aneurysms, AVM’s and hemorrhagic strokes. We provide education on the risk factors, causes and treatments of these conditions, while funding the advancement of neurological research.

Festivities featured a cocktail reception, silent auction, formal dinner, event program, LIVE auction, and a few surprises in between!

Click here to view this year’s photo gallery!


Dr. and Mrs. Mark Dannenbaum
Mr. and Mrs. Solly and Betty Hemus
Penumbra, Inc.

AVM Research Foundation – Mark and Sherri Logan
DePuy Synthes
Excel Medical Waste
Darwin and Mary Koenning
Memorial Hermann Hospital
Mischer Neuroscience Institute
Don and Connie Rankin
Ms. Deanne White
UT Health



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