Socially Speaking with Lori Gunn,
July 2016

| July 1, 2016




Photo-Rebecca Zilenziger

Brookwood Proud, Texas Proud

The Brookwood Community hit an all-time record in fundraising of $1.5 million at its recent biennial Benefit Lunch featuring Governor Greg Abbott as the keynote speaker. Close to 700 attendees enjoyed lunch at the “Brookwood Proud, Texas Proud” themed event held at the Omni Houston Hotel to benefit adults with disabilities that live and work at the Brookwood Community.

The biggest surprise of this year’s event was the announcement that the $750,000 that was raised for the lunch would be matched with a $750,000 donation made by the Robert and Janice McNair Foundation and the Houston Texans Foundation. The lunch was executed with an impressively low 8 percent expense to revenue ratio, resulting in 92 percent of the funds raised going directly to support the Brookwood Citizens.

Stephanie and Brad Tucker, Nancy and Steve Beasley, and Melinda and Sam Stubbs served as Co-Chairs for the fundraising event. Doris and Terry Looper and Paula and Rusty Walter were recognized as Honorary Co-Chairs. Former news anchor Steve Smith emceed the luncheon and the talented Brookwood Handbell Choir provided the entertainment. Charlie Stubbs, a day program Citizen at Brookwood, gave the invocation. Other notable attendees included First Lady of Texas Cecilia Abbott, State Senator Lois Kolkhorst, former First Lady Barbara Bush, Susan Baker, Cal and Hannah McNair, Ruth Smith, Holly Alvis, Jim and Linda McIngvale, Deborah Duncan, Mindy Hildebrand, Tony and Cynthia Petrello, Yvonne and David Streit, Kelli Weinzierl, Patty Biggio, Ginger Blanton, and Mike and Gracy Hall.

Initially started by Brookwood’s Volunteer Association, the Benefit Lunch is in its 16th year and has raised millions of dollars for the Brookwood Community over the years. As a nonprofit organization, Brookwood Community relies on the support of events like this to fund the work programs and residential homes that serve the over 225 disabled adults.

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1) Brookwood staff members Sylvia Patton, Nancy Cathey, Johnna Hamilton

2) Citizen Austin Hanson and Belinda Hillhouse

3) Co-Chair Melinda Stubbs with her son Citizen Charlie Stubbs

4) Citizen Jeff Joplin, Brookwood staff member Jennifer Tiedt, Citizen Chris McClung

5) Governor Greg Abbott

6) Co-Chairs Steve and Nancy Beasley

7) Deborah Duncan and Brookwood staff member Karin Beard

8) Helen and Will Bernard

9) Janice McNair, Bob McNair, Barbara Bush

10) Founder and author Yvonne Streit with the book team

11) Sam Tucker, Frank Tucker, Brad Tucker, Ben Tucker, Stephanie Tucker, Governor Greg Abbott and his wife Cecilia Abbott

12) Texas State Senator Lois Kolkhorst, Ileene Robinson and Sherry Kitchell



Friends For Wishes Annual BBQ Cookoff

Friends for Wishes’ Third Annual BBQ Cookoff was held on April 29 and 30 at the Waller County Fairgrounds. This team knocked it out of the park and raised over $100,000 to grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions at Make-A-Wish®. The event included a NFL Play 60, Kids Que, Live and Silent Auction and live music by CMT artist Macy Mekenzie Martin. Mark your calendar to attend this annual event next year on April 28-29. Check out their website

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1) Former Houston Texan Amobi Okoye with Wish kids Christiania Byrd, Luke Thomas, Eden Green, Roy’Unique Young, and Tayden Y’Barra.

2) Eden Green, Macy Martin, and Make-A-Wish granter Jim Andrepont.

3) Make-A-Wish® kid Roy’Unique Young and Norman Walker from Friends for Wishes

4) Friends for Wishes Executive Board members Alan Higginbotham, Norman Walker, Chaille Voelkel and Lynn Smith at the BBQ Cookoff

5) Kyler King, Noah Wills, Jaxen Bilbray, MaryKatheryn Dunbar, Julia Scott and Grant Dibala, and Chaille Voelkel



Arc Of Katy Spring Prom
“A Night In Paris”

This year the wonderful women of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, along with the lovely ladies of the NCL Star Chapter, joined The Arc Social Committee and hosted the first Arc of Katy Spring Prom. This special evening was held on May 14 at the YMCA’s gym, which was decorated by volunteers. The fabulous event featured melodious tunes and dancing.

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1) Sarah Brown

2) Susan Bode

3) Ben Palen and NCL friend, Maya

4) Kevin Dale (dressed for the French theme)

5) “Cowboy Mike” with NCL friends Ava and Casey

6) Eddie Hall with NCL friends Mary and Mady

7) Nicolas Rodriguez and Susan Bode

8) Star Lathrop


Socially Speaking with Lori Gunn, July 2016


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