Houston Society & Philanthropy
Get in the Game for Kids
“Get in the Game for Kids” chaired by dynamic duo Lara Bell and Roseann Rogers was recently held at Union Station. Over 250 guests gathered two days before the Astros’ season opener to hit it out of the park for ESCAPE Family Resource Center. Founding chairs of the celebrity waiter-themed benefit, Joan Schnitzer and Gerald Franklin, were acknowledged for three decades of support, and Occidental Petroleum was also honored. Heartfelt remarks about protecting children from abuse and neglect were given by Yanni Charalambous, vice president and CIO at OXY, and the current Board Chair at ESCAPE. The winning evening did not disappoint with wine pairings provided by Becker Vineyards and a live auction that raised over $230,000 to help end the cycle of abuse and neglect towards children.
Game Day Gala
Game Day Gala recently celebrated five years in support of Project 88. Founders Ericka and Garrett Graham joined founding chairs Hannah and Cal McNair, and Lisa and Chris Seay, at Ecclessia alongside host committee chairs Megan and Brian Cushing, Angela and Owen Daniel, Caroline and Kevin Walter and Amanda and Jon Weeks. A counselor and student gave their testimony to uproarious applause, and special first-time award recipient Hallie Vanderhider received a standing ovation. The jam packed evening was attended by many celebrities and NFL stars raising a total of $360,000. The event supports Advise TX college advisors in the city’s public schools empowering underserved students to end generational poverty.
Financial Literacy Month
Business and community leaders recently gathered in the spirit of Financial Literacy Month to raise over $300,000 for The Women’s Resource’s financial literacy programs. The funds will directly support the almost 3,000 women and girls the organization serves in the Greater Houston area every year. The luncheon was chaired by top commercial real estate executive, Edna Meyer-Nelson, and featured keynote speaker Judy Smith who was the inspiration for the hit TV show Scandal. This year, Wells Fargo was recognized as the organization’s Corporate Honoree and Jasmine Anderson was named Volunteer of the Year. Six of Houston’s top women in banking and finance were also recognized. “We are honored to have such broad reaching community support for our programs,” said Christine Powell, Executive Director of The Women’s Resource. “Thanks to the funds raised by this luncheon, we will be able to continue to grow our programs and put more women in our community on a path toward economic security and success.”
Shop with Heart
Attention shoppers! The American Heart Association and Houston Magazine gathered with over 250 guests at beloved design and lifestyle specialty store, Kuhl-Linscomb to kickoff this year’s Shop With Heart Card, presented by the Heart Guild of Houston. Partygoers enjoyed 20 percent off purchases made with the Shop With Heart Card and after-hours shopping at the carefully-curated store. Shoppers and supporters sipped libations from Decant Urban Winery, Yellow Rose Distilling and Eureka Heights Brewing and savored light bites from Bollo Woodfired Pizza, Ouisie’s Table and Ooh La La Sweets. Attendees also had the chance to win door prizes such as a $200 Kuhl-Linscomb gift card, a Coravin Wine System, and a Drunk Elephant skincare kit from retailers participating in this year’s Shop With Heart Card fundraiser. The store was filled with hits spun by a DJ provided by LG Entertainment as guests perused the retailer’s large selection of merchandise including everything from skincare to home décor, fine china, stationary, books and kitchenware all while supporting an important cause.