(March 25, 2009)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073

Annual Chaplaincy Event to Honor Centenary Alumnus and Wife

Jess Moore \'79 and his wife Beth Sanders Moore

SHREVEPORT, La.—An alumnus from Centenary College of Louisiana and his wife will be honored for bringing attention to the importance of spiritual care to cancer survivors during the 15th Annual Loving Hearts Caring Hands awards dinner in Houston, April 30.

Jess Moore '79 and his wife Beth Sanders Moore will receive the 2009 award during the event benefiting the Department of Chaplaincy and the Pastoral Education at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. The Moore's are the youngest recipients to be honored and receive the award.

The event recognizes M.D. Anderson's 24-hour in-house spiritual support program, and celebrates the department's more than 500,000 pastoral visits to patients, caregivers and employees during the past three decades.

Beth Sanders Moore and Jess Moore join a prestigious group of individuals previously honored by the Loving Hearts Caring Hands event, including President George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush, James A. Baker, III and Susan Baker, Bob and Mica Mosbacher, Katie Couric, Kay and Bob Onstead, Nellie Connally, Sam and Jan Donaldson, Anne Mendelsohn, Rabbi Samuel Karff, Jack S. Blanton, Sr., Bishop Joseph Fiorenza, Julie and Ben Rogers and others.

For her 50th birthday in January 2005, breast cancer survivor Beth Sanders Moore, received a unique gift; the nation's first comprehensive educational and research program for young breast cancer survivors.

Jess Moore surprised his wife at a ceremony in which M. D. Anderson announced the creation of the Beth Sanders Moore Young Breast Cancer Survivors Program, while also announcing that its undiagnosed breast clinic would be named the "Beth Sanders Moore Undiagnosed Breast Clinic" as a tribute to her courage in fighting the disease and longstanding efforts to educate others.

Beth learned she had breast cancer through the undiagnosed breast clinic just days before her 46th birthday. As a daughter of a breast cancer survivor, she was an advocate for breast cancer education and research long before her diagnosis, having served as director of development for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation's national headquarters in Dallas early in her professional career

After moving to Houston, on a volunteer capacity, she served on the board of the Komen Foundation's Houston Chapter and later as its president. Beth spearheaded the campaign to fund M. D. Anderson's first mobil mammography van which provides low-cost mammograms to underserved populations in Houston. She is a member of the executive committee of M. D. Anderson's advisory board, the Board of Visitors, and serves on the advisory board of the M. D. Anderson's Blanton-Davis Ovarian Cancer Research Program, as well as the advisory councils of Susan G. Komen For the Cure and Pink Ribbons Project.

The event takes place on Thursday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Houstonian Hotel. For more information, call 713.862.8482.

About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and is regularly rated as one of the top colleges in the South. In 2008 Centenary College celebrated 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.