Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 6:00 pm
While we’re all currently social distancing and this dinner took place in the months before the coronavirus pandemic began. We hope it will bring some joy to your reading.
That evening,?there were?appetizers?and hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m., followed by dinner.?A?neutral hued?décor,?traditional formal table?setting,?and?excellent?service?are?the norm.?This?premier, bi-level steakhouse in River North, ?named ‘Steak 48’,?is?where?prime meats?are?prepared in a glass-walled kitchen?and served with?aplomb.??
Ambient lights echoed the warm feel of the night, and?modern jazz?music pulsated softly in the background to set the mood.??
This?private evening began with a cocktail hour in which guests could mingle around.?Of all diverse communities living in America and specifically American Pakistani philanthropists, Dr. Mubashir Chaudhry, is most often referred to in Houston. The founder of Universal Surgical and its affiliates has long made headlines for his charitable donations.??
Dr. Chaudhry has always contributed in community related ventures to various nonprofits. He realizes that people who are wealthy,?owe it to the world to give?back.?Focusing on this, he established a non-profit?charity,?“Patient?Benefit Foundation.” Patient Benefit Foundation (PBF) was founded in 2013?to “Improve the quality of life for individuals who are part of American society.”??
In attendance were?the?close friends?and associates of Dr. Chaudhry,?which?included popular Houston attorneys Eric Lipper,?Melissa Sternfels,?Warren?Brown and?Garett?White, Prominent Houston?surgeon Ponce De?Leon, Dr. Chaudhry’s close friend Kershaw?Khumbatta, Mr. Anwar Qadeer, Dr.?Zeenat?Safdar,?Director of Clinical Research and Pulmonary Hypertension Program, Houston Methodist Hospital Lung Center, Talk show host Karima?Ashami, Pearl?Vuorinen?Vice President Universal Surgical Partners/ Patient Benefit Foundation?and?Asharaf?Abbassi.??
About the?dinner,?Dr. Chaudhry said, “Our?non-profit,?PBF,?has a cause which?is?close to my heart.??Our?Friends of PBF?and I?look forward every year?to increase our inner circle. It’s not often that you’re able to speak?for a genuine cause, so I think?the?community?truly appreciates?this?opportunity.”??
The guests were delighted with a special?menu featuring?crostini?with?sautéed wild mushrooms,?shisito?peppers and?crispy shrimp?appetizers. The dinner followed with?in house,?hand cut,?filet?mignon?and?domestic wagyu filets,?sides of corn?crème?brûlée,?roasted?brussel?sprouts, sugar snap peas, creamed spinach and?Chef Taylor’s au gratin potatoes.?Warm,?vanilla?caramel cake with toasted pecans?and?caramelized?apple crumble with vanilla ice cream?were?served?for dessert.?
PATIENT BENEFIT FOUNDATION – NON-PROFIT?
Nonprofit organizations play a vital role in building healthy communities by providing critical services that contribute to economic stability and mobility. They also strengthen communities in other important ways. Nonprofit leaders are the voice of the people they serve. Thanks to the combination of strong community relationships and intimate local knowledge, these organizations often understand better than anyone else their communities’ needs and the best ways to meet them.?
In an era of growing needs our government have repeatedly broken their promise to protect our healthcare, while denying an average American an access to medical coverage. We all know how expensive the coverage for pre-existing conditions are. Let’s face it, the health care system in the United States is uncoordinated and fragmented and emphasizes intervention rather than prevention and comprehensive health management with continuously increasing health care costs. In the State of Texas 92%?of?patients have no form of health insurance. Our non-profit Patient Benefit Foundation provide patients free elective surgeries.
?We strongly believe in giving back to the community.?
About Patient Benefit Foundation:?
The Patient Benefit Foundation (PBF) is governed by a volunteer board of directors that includes local business, industry, and community leaders. Day-to-day operations and administrative positions are assigned to executive volunteers from the various Universal Surgical Partners companies. These executives have years of experience in patient care and understand the patients, not just from a financial point of view, but they understand the patient’s medical necessities as well. All of this allows?Patient Benefit Foundation?to operate with the lowest overhead possible, making more funding available to more patients.
Align yourself with a cause that helps others while identifying you as a?socially conscious member of the community.
Patient Benefit Foundation 2020-21 Agenda:?
The year 2019 saw?PBF?make significant strides. The most important accomplishment of 2019 was our patients, whom we were able to help.?
- Christopher McDermott, a substitute teacher,?who could only stand for short periods due to a medial meniscus tear and was looking at the possibility of not being able to continue teaching and providing for his 5-year-old child.?
- Ronald Caesar, a barber, who was shortening his workdays before he received a much-needed hernia repair.???
These are just two examples of people whose lives are now better thanks to?PBF.?
Our focus in 2020 is?OUTREACH?and spreading?AWARNESS.??