The Partnership for Baylor College of Medicine’s 2018 gala, “Texas on My Mind,” celebrated Baylor’s 75 years in Houston and raised more than $2.7 million to support mental health programs at the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. The McIngvale family, owners of Gallery Furniture, also were honored for their mental health advocacy and for their contributions to the Houston community and to Baylor. 

The event, chaired by Penny and Paul Loyd, welcomed more than 400 guests on April 20 to the new Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston to enjoy the evening’s festivities, including dinner, dancing and musical performances by Jack Ingram, Bruce Robison and John Baumann.

With more than 700 members, The Partnership is Baylor College of Medicine’s largest volunteer civic and philanthropic organization. Funds raised through the Texas on My Mind celebration will support groundbreaking research that will allow patients of all backgrounds access to tailored treatments that prevent, cure or alter the course of psychiatric illness.

“The Texas on My Mind funds will help the department fulfill its goal of discovering new and better treatments for mental disorders through cutting edge bench-to-bed research that can, over time, benefit the wider community,” said Dr. Wayne Goodman, professor and chair of the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor.

The honorees of this year’s gala, the McIngvale family, are especially worthy of recognition. As the floodwaters began to rise during Hurricane Harvey, Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale made the decision to open his Gallery Furniture locations to hundreds of displaced Texans. Already a Houston icon for his entrepreneurship and philanthropy, Mattress Mack’s heroic efforts made him the most recognizable face of Houston’s strength and resiliency during Harvey. The family’s passion for helping people also has extended to Baylor as they have given generously to support the psychiatry department’s obsessive compulsive disorder research.     

“Jim McIngvale and his family are terrific role models for giving back to the community. It is not a sometimes thing with them, it is all the time,” said Dr. Paul Klotman, president, CEO and executive dean of Baylor College of Medicine. “The McIngvales stepped up immediately in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and have always showed strong support to our mental health programs. It is so fitting that we honor them at this year’s Partnership gala.”

Deborah Duncan emceed the evening’s program, welcoming Mary Fischer, president of The Partnership, Dr. Goodman and Penny and Paul Loyd.

“Our goal with this year’s gala was to raise funds and awareness for mental health, especially following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, and to honor an incredible family, the McIngvales,” Paul Loyd said.  

“We are overwhelmed and so thankful for the support of members of The Partnership and the Houston community who joined us for Texas on My Mind and helped to make it such a successful evening,” Penny Loyd said. “Our community has come together after a challenging year, and what better way to celebrate the College’s 75 years of serving Houston than to give back!”

Other gala attendees included Lester and Sue Smith; Gay Nord, president of Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center; Harris County Judge Ed Emmett; Tony Gaglio, interim president and CEO of the Menninger Clinic; Dr. Eric Storch, senior faculty in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; and Jim Digan, senior vice president for institutional advancement at Baylor College of Medicine.

Visit The Partnership's website to learn more about their advocacy, volunteerism and philanthropic support for the College.