June Society & Philanthropy


Team Up For Kids and K9s Was a Home Run

Donna and Norman Lewis and Family with Jose Altuve and Lance McCullers   photo by Jacob Power

Donna and Norman Lewis and Family with Jose Altuve and Lance McCullers
photo by Jacob Power

Top Houston Astros players teamed up Thursday, June 13 in support of causes close to their hearts and hosted a one-of-a-kind event at Tootsies. World Series Champion Pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. and 2017 American League MVP, José Altuve teamed up to serve as hosts for the casual night benefiting various children’s and animal organizations across the Houston community that raised nearly $400,000.

The hottest team in the majors turned out in full support of McCullers’ and Altuve’s charitable efforts as well as National Baseball Hall of Fame members Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell. Guests bid on a variety of live and silent auction items including one of the most sought-after items—a dinner at B&B Butchers with Kara and Lance McCullers Jr., and Jose Altuve. Custom artwork pieces of Jose Altuve, Lance McCullers, Justin Verlander, Carlos Correa and Craig Biggio by renowned artists Michael Vahl had the players on stage to promote their individual paintings entertaining the guests and adding to the success of the evening. Ben Berg of B&B Butchers received rounds of applause for the dinners he donated to the event. A pop-up store by men’s clothier Robert Graham had many of the players and guests purchasing the latest styles.

BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions brought along precious pups available for adoption. Funds raised from the evening will benefit charitable causes that the hosts are passionate about, including Kara and Lance McCullers’ focus on animal rescue efforts through the Lance McCullers Jr. Foundation, and Giannina and José Altuve’s passion for helping children suffering from cancer through The Sunshine Kids Foundation. Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP) was also a donor to the amazing event and their supporters came to encourage others to help rescue the animals.

Junior League of Houston Presents 
Sara Houstoun Lindsey Award to Outstanding Member

Brenda Hackedorn (honoree's mother), Katie Hackedorn (honoree), Mary Lee Wilkens (honoree's sister), Richard Wilkens James Wilkens   photo credit: Claire O’Malley Shisler

Brenda Hackedorn (honoree's mother), Katie Hackedorn (honoree), Mary Lee Wilkens (honoree's sister), Richard Wilkens James Wilkens
photo credit: Claire O’Malley Shisler

The Junior League of Houston, Inc. was proud to present the 2019 Sara Houstoun Lindsey Award to Kathleen “Katie” Hackedorn. This annual award honors an outstanding active League member with a minimum of five years of service who exemplifies the Junior League’s mission, both within the organization and in the community at large. League member Amanda Hanks says that it was an obvious choice to nominate Hackedorn for the organization’s distinguished title. “I have had the immense pleasure of volunteering alongside Katie for the past five years and was immediately struck by her thoughtfulness and awareness of the needs of the Houston community,” Hanks said. “She is doing what she loves professionally and is also making an impact. It did not take me long to realize that Katie was the epitome of the definition of a League volunteer – something and someone I aspire to be.”

Volunteering was an important family tradition growing up, as Katie watched her parents and grandparents support their community in a number of ways. Hackedorn has volunteered with the Junior League in a variety of roles, working as a Kids’ Meals volunteer and Tea Room server and assisting as both a transfer mentor and transfer advisor. She has also served in numerous administrative placements including Nominating Committee Member, Ad Sales Chairman, Membership Training Chairman, Charity Ball Decorations Chairman, Publishing Chairman and Strategic Planning Study Chairman for Publishing.

Hackedorn is also involved in the Houston community, serving as a volunteer with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for over ten years. Other organizations that Hackedorn has donated her time, services and resources to include The Walk for Children’s Awareness, The American Heart Association, The Children’s Fund, Children’s Museum Houston, St. Luke’s Hospital and Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart. Hackedorn owns and operates a full-service stationery store, Katie & Co., which collected arts and crafts supplies during Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath to support the League’s efforts with the children’s area at Baker Ripley’s shelter at NRG Center.

10th Annual Community Immunity Luncheon Raises over $160,000 and Reminds Houstonians that Vaccines Save Lives

Jacquelyn Cox and Whitney Walsh

Jacquelyn Cox and Whitney Walsh

The Immunization Partnership (TIP) hosted the 10th annual Community Immunity Spring Luncheon at the River Oaks Country Club. Diana Tully and Andrew Van Chau chaired the event, raising more than $160,000 to support vaccine awareness programs that strive to keep us healthy.

Political analyst Mustafa Tameez emceed the event which featured a dynamic and moving speech from the Honorable Ed Emmett. Emmett addressed the measles outbreak and implored attendees to take action and ask legislators to pass immunization laws that will help stop the spread of diseases.

Susan Feigin Harris presented the Ralph D. Feigin, MD Award for Excellence to Kelsey-Seybold Clinic for its commitment to education, advocacy and research in preventing vaccine-preventable diseases. Michele Boettiger presented Peggy B. Smith, MA, PhD, with the John R. Boettiger, Jr. Award for Community Partnership for her generous and ongoing support of TIP.

Allison Winnike, J.D., President and CEO of The Immunization Partnership, shared a video of the organization’s work, and graciously thanked honorees, chairs and board members for their continued support of the statewide nonprofit.