Class acts

Betsy Burton Patterson received her doctorate in nursing practice from the University of Alabama on Dec. 16 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Patterson is from Woodway and attended Midway High School. She is the daughter of Carol Burton Stafford, of Woodway, and John Burton, of Arkansas.

She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Tech and her Master of Science from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Patterson is employed by Baylor Scott & White and is at the new Scott & White hospital in Marble Falls.

She and her husband, Ron Patterson, live in Leander. They have five children and six grandchildren.

Pitching in

Nearly 200 people gathered at the Waco Hippodrome Theatre Dec. 9 for Fashionably Supporting United Way, a fundraising event coordinated by Women United.

Clothes and accessories were modeled by local community leaders, including City Councilman Dillon Meek. Taina Maya, morning news co-anchor at KWTX-TV, served as the show’s emcee.

Guests enjoyed a fashion show with the latest trends from Dillard’s Michael Kors, a holiday brunch, designer raffle items and high-end silent auction. The event raised more than $15,000 for United Way of Waco-McLennan County-funded programs in education, financial security, health and essential services.

Established in fall 2017, this is the first Women United for United Way chapter in McLennan County.

Waco native Kris Kaiser Olson serves as the Women United chair for McLennan County.

“This event and the amazing women who are the core group of our Women United for United Way are an inspiration and example of what the true meaning of community service and inspired philanthropy is,” United Way of Waco-McLennan County Executive Director Barbara Mosacchio said.

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