Houston Philanthrophy


Making a Difference for El Centro de Corazón

Susan Sarofim, Christina Morales, Steve Pemberton, Marcie Mir,  Roxann Neumann, Leisa Holland Nelson

Susan Sarofim, Christina Morales, Steve Pemberton, Marcie Mir,
Roxann Neumann, Leisa Holland Nelson

270 supporters made a difference for the low-income, medically underserved children, adults and families living in Houston’s East End community and the greater Houston area on Thursday, February 21st for the 12th Annual Making a Difference Luncheon benefiting El Centro de Corazón (El Centro). The event was held at Hotel ZaZa Museum District. Chairpersons for the event, Christina Morales and Cyndy Garza Roberts were thrilled with the results of close to $150,000 raised. Leisa Holland-Nelson and Leila Perrin were the Honorary Chairpersons. Gina Gaston of KTRK ABC13 emceed the occasion.

The 2019 Community Honorees were Susan and Fayez Sarofim for all of their philanthropic works throughout the community. Susan Sarofim accepted on behalf of the generous couple. Corporate Leader Honoree was presented to Anheuser-Busch/Silver Eagles Distributors and accepted by Roxann Neumann, Senior VP of Corporate Affairs for Silver Eagle Distributors. Access to quality health care services remains a challenge for low-income families and El Centro is committed to providing accessible and affordable health care to Houston’s residents. Keynote speaker Steve Pemberton, Chief Human Resources Officer at Globoforce, the leading social recognition provider for companies worldwide and author of the 2012 best-selling memoir, A Chance in the World had the complete attention of the crowd. Pemberton spoke about his childhood when he was a ward of the state. His experience has led to his tireless advocacy for the disenfranchised, which has earned him numerous accolades. His dedication to public service and personal and professional achievement have earned him many honors. A standing ovation greeted his remarks.


Photo credit: CJ Martin

Photo credit: CJ Martin

This past Monday, March 4th, golfers and philanthropists across Houston joined JDRF Houston Gulf Coast Chapter for the 27th Annual Tee Up to Cure Diabetes golf tournament. This year, local legend, PGA member and coach to two time Major Championship winner Angel Cabrera, Charlie Epps, joined in on the fun as the keynote speaker. The cold didn't stop the guests from enjoying a day of golf including food provided by BraeBurn Country Club. When all was said and done, the even raised over $134,000 for JDRF.

SocietyJana Phillips