MD Anderson Presents “A Conversation with a Living Legend”

On November 12, 2013, over 700 guests gathered at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC for MD Anderson Cancer Center’s “A Conversation With a Living Legend” celebrating the Honorable James A. Baker, III.

CBS News Anchor, Bob Schieffer interviews former Secretary of State, the Honorable James A. Baker, III at MD Anderson Cancer Center’s “A Conversation with a Living Legend” event.

MD Anderson’s mission is to eliminate cancer through their outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, as well as education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public. Proceeds from the evening will benefit MD Anderson’s Moon Shots Program, the most comprehensive assault on cancer ever undertaken at a single institution. Launched a year ago, this program will speed the conversion of scientific discoveries into clinical advances that significantly reduce cancer deaths and improve quality of life for patients and survivors. MD Anderson hosts “Living Legend” events throughout the country, but this was the first D.C. event. The event was co-chaired by Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Gibbens and Mr. and Mrs. W. Thomas Johnson. With the help of a strong leadership committee, the event raised over $4 million.

Special Correspondent for NBC News, Tom Brokaw and wife, Meredith, pose for a photo with former Secretary of State, the Honorable James A. Baker, III and his wife, Susan, in the Eisenhower Theater green room at the Kennedy Center.

The guests were welcomed to the Eisenhower Theater by Tom Brokaw, a special correspondent for NBC News, who guided the first half of the program which included remarks by David Rubenstein, Chairman of the Kennedy Center, and Ronald DePinho, M.D., President of MD Anderson. Bob Schieffer, CBS’ chief Washington correspondent, then led a conversation with Secretary Baker, who was introduced by the Honorable Henry Kissinger, former U.S. Secretary of State and former National Security Advisor. The evening concluded with a surprise performance by the Princeton Roaring 20, Princeton’s acapella group from Secretary Baker’s alma mater. The crowd then moved upstairs to the Kennedy Center’s Atrium and Nation’s Gallery for a lovely three-course meal.

Guests enjoyed dinner and networking at the Kennedy Center’s Atrium and Nation’s Gallery after the show in the Eisenhower Theater.

The Webster Group team worked to support MD Anderson with comprehensive project management support, which included developing creative and inspirational ideas for the theme, message, timing and format of the event program, managing all aspects of production, including calling the show. Our team also handled the seating and registration for both of the evening’s events.