Mark Bohanan — owner and executive chef of Bohanan’s Prime Steaks & Seafood, and driving force behind the San Antonio Cocktail Conference — presented a check for $75,000 to HeartGift San Antonio on Monday. This gift was a lifesaver for a little girl from China who needed heart surgery.
The donation supports lifesaving procedures for children from disadvantaged countries seeking heart surgeries at Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. This donation is from the San Antonio Cocktail Conference 2013, a four-day educational event about craft cocktails and spirits, held in downtown San Antonio from Jan. 17-20.
The presentation took place on Monday at 2 p.m. in the lobby of Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. Bohanan was joined by Marcy Doderer, vice president and administrator of Children’s Hospital of San Antonio; Charlie Deacon, chairman of the board of HeartGift San Antonio; and Leslie Davis Met, executive director of HeartGift San Antonio.
Attendees celebrated the successful surgery of patient Ziran. The evening before the conference kicked off, Ziran flew to San Antonio with her grandmother from China to begin her journey through heart surgery and recovery.
Just three days after the conference came to end, Ziran underwent surgery to repair her Tetralogy of Fallot—a procedure she would not have been able to receive had it not been for the funds raised through this year’s SACC.