The Kenny Houston Hall of Fame Dinner hosted over 500 guests Thursday at the Methodist Training Center.
The dinner featured a group of NFL Hall of Fame football players and celebrities from across the United States including Lynn Swann, Leroy Kelly, Gale Sayers, Paul Hornung and Mel Renfro.
Other famous faces from outside the world of football also made appearances including Rollie Fingers and Calvin Murphy.
One of the highlights of the evening was a unique and interactive panel discussion moderated by ESPN's Sean Salisbury. Guests dined on a fantastic buffet dinner provided by Cordua, while bidding on auction items from across the world of sports
Two amazing non-profit groups, The Houston Texans Foundation and the Methodist DeBakey Heart Center, benefited from the proceeds of the event.
Heart disease is a leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States and former professional athletes can find themselves at an increased risk once they retire from a life of vigorous training. Research is vital to understanding, preventing and treating this disease.
Proceeds from this event will benefit cardiac research at the Methodist DeBakey Heart Center, one of the most experienced and comprehensive cardiac centers in the United States. Several of the athletes who attended the dinner will also benefit from a healthy heart screening at the heart center during their stay in Houston.