Mayor Parker and Gala Chairs will Recognize the 25th Anniversary of Bering Omega Community Services Dental Clinic Honorees

Houston, TX—Bering Omega Community Services gala co-chairs Jared Lang, General Manager of Momentum Audi and president of Fashion Houston, and Jeff Gremillion, Editor-in-Chief of Houston Magazine along with honorary chairs Hank Coleman and Kathryn King Coleman announced that Houston Mayor Annise Parker will participate and make remarks at the 18th Annual Sing For Hope gala. The September 15, 2012, gala will recognize the 25th Anniversary of the Bering Omega Community Services Oral Health Clinic and will present the distinguished Camille Zamora Award to Bering Omega Dental Clinic’s founding dentists, which includes Dr. Sam Adams (deceased), Dr. Edwin Cordray, Dr. Mark Nichols, Dr. Michael Sell, Dr. Bruce Smith, and Dr. Tim Hastings (deceased).

“I am honored to be a part of Bering Omega’s prestigious annual Sing For Hope Gala,” said Houston Mayor Annise Parker. “There is no more worthy cause than caring for our community, and I hope this year’s event will raise awareness and even more financial contributions for Houstonians in need.”

The September 15 gala entails an evening of fine dining, musical performance and celebration of Bering Omega’s community supporters via:

Act I – Cocktails and an elegant Prelude Dinner at The Houston Club
Act II- Post -dinner musical performances staged at the Wortham Center, Cullen Theatre. Luxury shuttles will transport guests from Houston Club to the Wortham Center.
Act III- Encore! Champagne and dessert reception with the musical artists on stage at the Wortham Center, Cullen Theatre
Act IV – The Bering Omega Sing For Hope After-party also at The Houston Club

Tickets and sponsorships are available via Bering Omega (www.beringomega.org or 713.529.6071).

“Bering Omega is honored to again host Mayor Annise Parker as our special, honored guest, alongside 2012 chairs Jared Lang, Jeff Gremillion, and Hanh and Kathryn King Coleman, as we recognize the founders of the dental clinic and the essential health service providers who have selflessly served the Gulf Coast for two and a half decades,” said Dan Snare, Bering Omega President. “The funds raised at this gala directly support health and wellness services for many who have no other health care options, and Bering Omega provides top notch care in a comfortable, respectful manner.”

About Sing For Hope:

The Sing For Hope gala was founded in 1994 by internationally renowned opera singer and Omega House volunteer Camille Zamora to raise awareness and critical financial support for one of the Gulf Coast’s most important and effective HIV/AIDS service providers. Sing For Hope brings in world-recognized opera and musical professionals who volunteer and donate an evening of musical performance to raise funds for Bering Omega’s critical community service programs, including Bering omega’s hospice care center, Omega House, the dental clinic, and more.

About the Camille Zamora Award:

The Camille Zamora Award, an annual award, recognizes extraordinary dedication and commitment of Bering Omega supporters. Zamora, the recipient of the eponymous 2011 award, created the annual Sing For Hope initiative and continues to play an integral role with Bering Omega. The award recognizes outstanding volunteer commitment to Bering Omega Community Services. The 2012 award will recognize founding dental clinic physicians for their selfless service to Bering’s care recipients.

About the Bering Omega Community Services Dental Clinic:

Bering Omega Community Services Oral Health Clinic was founded in August 1987 by Dr. Sam Adams (deceased), Dr. Edwin Cordray, Dr. Mark Nichols, Dr. Michael Sell, Bruce Smith, and Dr. Tim Hastings (deceased). These dentists and others volunteered time and medical expertise to assist patients diagnosed with HIV/AIDS who had been turned away by dental practices that were unwilling or unsure of how to treat them. The current Bering Omega dental team, led by Dr. Mark Nichols, employs medical protocols that treat the oral manifestations of HIV/AIDS, such as severe oral ulcerations, oral Kaposi’s sarcoma lesions and Human Papilloma viral infections (HPV). The clinic, based in Montrose, serves thousands of clients per year.

Bering Omega endeavors to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of clients and patients through its Network of Care, and focuses on four core programs: oral health care, residential hospice, day treatment, and housing.
Bering Omega is a recognized international model for helping people affected by HIV/AIDS.