Ninety-two year philanthropic partnership to be honored at annual art auction, gala

March 7, 2016

HOUSTON — It takes a lot to take care of a city as big as Houston. More than two million people live and work in and around the city, and many of them struggle to access the resources, care and support they need. At the historic heart of Houston philanthropy, two organizations began caring for the less fortunate back when Calvin Coolidge was president and a ticket to the movies was just 25 cents. 

Today, San José Clinic and United Way of Greater Houston still stand strong together to support Houstonians in need. With 92 years of partnership accomplished and decades more to go, they are ready to celebrate on Saturday, April 16, at Art with Heart 2016. 

At the annual gala, San José Clinic will honor United Way of Greater Houston with the Portrait of Compassion in recognition of their continual support, dedication and resources. Bob Harvey, president and CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership and United Way of Greater Houston board member, will serve as honorary event chair. 

"It is through the support of United Way of Greater Houston that San José Clinic has been able to become the health home for those in need which it is today," Paule Anne Lewis, San José Clinic president and CEO, said. "We are proud to honor United Way for their vital work transforming lives, strengthening our community, and helping millions of Houstonians." 

San José Clinic's annual fundraising event, Art with Heart brings together more than 600 of Houston's most generous benefactors to help raise important operating support for the clinic. It also supports the local artist community by promoting their work and providing a venue for them to display their talent. It will feature artwork from artists including Patrick Palmer, dean of the Glassell School, and Brother Cletus Behlmann SM, director of the St. Mary's University Art Center in San Antonio. The event will be held at the TMCx Accelerator, located at 2450 Holcombe Blvd. in Houston. The TMCx Accelerator is a gateway for entrepreneurs and start-ups to the facilities, resources and network of the world's largest medical center. 

In addition to recognizing United Way of Greater Houston, the evening will include cocktails, plentiful hors d'oeuvres, silent auctions of art and jewelry, and a big board auction. The evening's emcees will be Michael Garfield, the High-Tech Texan, and Haley Hernandez of KPRC Local 2. Proceeds from Art with Heart will help support San José Clinic's mission to provide quality healthcare and education to those with limited access to such services in an environment which respects the dignity of each person. 

For more information about sponsorship opportunities for Art with Heart 2016, contact Donna Nisenson at To learn more about San José Clinic, visit