The Insite made a quick stop at this event – details to follow and here are the pictures I snapped:
Thanks to Ricky Raven for being such a great host of this event!
The international law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP will host a major fundraiser benefiting the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation on Thursday, April 12, at the Houstonian Hotel. Donations from the event will help complete and operate the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital in Kinshasa. The 300-bed facility, named for the late mother of the Houston Rockets star center, is currently under construction in the capital of The Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Organizers from Thompson & Knight hope to raise more than $100,000 at the by-invitation-only event, which will be attended by firm clients and their guests, as well as many of Mr. Mutombo’s teammates and other sports and business personalities, including Houston Mayor Bill White. Former president George H.W. Bush will greet attendees with videotaped comments, followed by a silent auction of donated items ranging from airline tickets to jewelry to numerous items signed by professional athletes.
“I am very honored and humbled by the support from Thompson & Knight and their guests to help us complete this dream for the people of Kinshasa,” says Mr. Mutombo, an eight-time All-Star regarded as one of the greatest defensive players in NBA history. “We are well on our way to making this dream a reality.”
The hospital will include inpatient beds, advanced diagnostic and surgical suites, an outpatient clinic, an emergency department and a pharmacy to help serve the capital city of 8.9 million residents. Mr. Mutombo’s home country is the third largest in Africa, with one of the world’s highest rates of infant mortality, primarily due to preventable diseases such as measles and polio. Malaria is the most prevalent disease and is believed to be responsible for almost half of the reported deaths of children under age five.
“Through this event we will be able to help many individuals and ultimately help save the lives of many less fortunate people,” says Ricky Raven, a partner at Thompson & Knight. “Dikembe has been working toward this goal for almost a decade, and our firm decided that the hospital exhibited a need and cause we wanted to support.”