Houston Society & Philanthropy – June


The Big Brunch

Chef Chair David Cordua, Susannah and Chris Watt

Chef Chair David Cordua, Susannah and Chris Watt

CHILDREN AT RISK and Attack Poverty kicked off spring with The Big Brunch – A Bridge to the Future. Over 400 guests joined chairs Tracy and Harry Faulkner, Joy Winkler Chapman, Theresa Hildreth, Fallon Huff, Carie Lawson, and Chef Chair David Cordúa, at one of the most stylish brunch parties of the year. Guests were treated to an epic food throwdown, featuring the trendiest tastes in the city and the hottest chefs in H-town. Partygoers arrived dressed to impress in support of CHILDREN AT RISK and Attack Poverty whose mission together is to bridge the gaps for our children and ensure that all children in Houston and Texas have a bright future. Guests bid on auction items and enjoyed libations and an assortment of bites from Kiran Verma of Kiran’s Restaurant; Dominick Lee of Poitín Bar & Kitchen; Brandon Silva of Wooster’s Garden; Brandi Key, Kelly Laudadio & Jorge Valencia of LMN Hospitality; David Skinner of Eculen; and Rebecca Masson of Fluff Bake Bar.

Chair Joy Winkler Chapman, Yelena Grinina, Chair Tracy Faulkner, and Rachel Fischer   Photo by CharlesDante Photography

Chair Joy Winkler Chapman, Yelena Grinina, Chair Tracy Faulkner, and Rachel Fischer
Photo by CharlesDante Photography

Houston Pets Alive! announced a big pupdate

Attention - all pet lovers, Houston Pets Alive! is moving locations! Located at 2800 Antoine Dr. Houston, TX 77092, the new facility has a fantastic area for their surgery center and clinic, it is much better suited for animal care, and there are various additional rooms that will provide opportunities they haven't had before.

In addition to announcing our new location, I'd like to welcome Houston Pets Alive!'s new Executive Director, Sharon Cosimano. Sharon comes to HPA! from the Rural Outreach Center where she developed and implemented the adult and children’s programming structures, linked outcomes to National County Health measures, and increased funding from all sources. Prior to the ROC, Sharon worked as a strategic communications consultant developing the entire corporate structure and increasing revenue 800% over 15 years. She has also worked developing messaging and media for AT&T and Paul Allen, among others.

Safe at Home Success for the Astros Foundation

Joe Smith, Twila Carter and Max Stassi  Photo by Jacob Power

Joe Smith, Twila Carter and Max Stassi
Photo by Jacob Power

The Astros Foundation hosted the inaugural Safe at Home Luncheon and Style Show on
Thursday, May 9th at Union Station. The event which raised over $200,000 will benefit the Astros Foundation and its domestic violence awareness and education efforts. 320 guests mingled and visited with 16 partner agencies whose mission is to provide resources to help victims of domestic violence and programs to prevent it from occurring.

The luncheon was emceed by Astros AT&T SportsNet sideline reporter, Julia Morales Clark. Guest speaker Judge Lincoln Goodwin shared his own personal story as a child of domestic violence and the critical need to help anyone a woman, child, or man be safe. The room erupted in cheers to greet the Astros wives, girlfriends and children as the fashion show by Tootsies was presented. Models included Nina Altuve, Kara McCullers, Erin Hinch, Kat Rogers, Gina Luhnow, Michele Kemp, Amy Cole, Allie Smith, Daniella Rodriguez, Lianet Gurriel, Alli Spivey and Katy Miley.

Executive Director of Astros Foundation, Twila Carter spoke of the ongoing involvement of the Foundation in the need to shed the light on domestic violence. Supporting organizations that not only shelter victims and protect, help them regain their lives, and programs that teach skills to promote respectful non- violent relationships and make a change in our society. Astros Owner and Chairman, Jim Crane concluded the day thanking everyone for attending and their support of this important cause.

Latin Women’s High Energy Success

LWI Board of Directors   Photo by Daniel Ortiz

LWI Board of Directors
Photo by Daniel Ortiz

Luncheon Chairs Michele Leal Farah and Maritza Gonzales and the Board of Latin Women’s Initiative (LWI) welcomed a sell-out crowd of 700 fashionistas to the 17th annual fashion show, luncheon and marketplace held at the Hilton Americas on May 17th.

Tootsies presented the fashion show highlighting Latin Designers including Alexis, Borgo De Nor, Carolina Herrera, PatBO, Oscar de la Renta, Robert Rodriguez, Silvia Tcherassi, and Casa de Novia. President of LWI Daisy Mendoza announced to the lively crowd over $3 million of financial support LWI has provided to women and children in Houston’s Latino community from the luncheon proceeds. Honorary Chair Trini Mendenhall was applauded by the guests, saying how close to her heart LWI is because of their mission to help women, children and families.

Emcee Jacob Rascon with KPRC Channel 2 led the day. A Latin power lunch unlike any other, raising over $300,000 with proceeds being distributed to Bayou City Blessings in a Backpack, Chinquapin Preparatory School, L.I.F.E. Houston, The Kid’s Reading Room, Undies for Everyone, UH Center for Mexican American Studies-Academic Achievers Program.