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Grammy winner Steve Tyrell speaks out at MS luncheon

Amber Elliot, Houston Chronicle
Published 12:51 pm, Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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  • Deborah Duncan, from left, Leisa Holland-Nelson, Annette Pearson and Steve Tyrell Photo: Dave Rossman, Freelance / Freelance
    Deborah Duncan, from left, Leisa Holland-Nelson, Annette Pearson and Steve Tyrell Photo: Dave Rossman, Freelance

 

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The National Multiple Sclerosis Society's On the Move luncheon helped kicked off spring's social swirl at the River Oaks Country Club.

Chairman Franelle Rogers welcomed a sea of pastel-clad attendees to honor Penny Loyd and Frost Bank, the event's 2014 Person on the Move and Company on the Move, respectively.

Over lunch and a custom assortment of bites by Nothing Bundt Cakes, guests listened to keynote speaker and Houston native Steve Tyrell's account of the effects of Multiple Sclerosis. KHOU's Deborah Duncan interviewed the Grammy-winning musician, who revealed on-stage that his daughter, Tina, was diagnosed with the disease several years ago.

Duncan meanwhile shared that her own 8-year-old son also holds MS close to his heart. He pledged to run laps at school for a peer who suffers from the condition, telling his mother "that boy's legs don't work like mine, Mom."

In addition to purchasing "surprise" gift bags featuring items by local merchants such as Kendra Scott, attendees bid on a Tootsies shopping spree, a guided wine tasting at the Nice Winery and one very exclusive prize: Joyce Brass, whose daughter Katie has MS, offered to host a private dinner at her home with Tyrell as the guest of honor. The 18 dinner seats were priced at $300 each and sold out in less than 10 minutes.

The luncheon raised more than $160,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Amber Elliott is a freelance writer in Houston.