The Women’s Home 2013 Gala – A Sentimental Journey

gala 2013On a beautiful Friday evening, November 15, 2013, The Women’s Home welcomed 285 guests to the majestic ballroom of The Corinthian for our annual end-of-year gala. The night’s theme: “The Supper Club at the Shamrock – A Sentimental Journey”, came to life with magnificent chandeliers, crystal-bordered tables, orchids and white roses in statuesque vases, and the classic elegance of black and white décor. The long and grand main room of The Corinthian was anchored on each end by the musical talents of the Richard Brown Orchestra, featuring “torch singer” (and local favorite) Sharon Montgomery, along with Todd Honeycutt. Attendees of the event – some long-time supporters of The Home and some brand new friends – mingled and danced the night away, looking lovely in their gorgeous gowns and dashing suits.

Mistress of Ceremonies, Lisa Malosky, expertly guided the evening’s events, which included wonderful music and food, a successful live and silent auction, and a dance floor packed with smiling faces. Special moments included the moving (and always hilarious) words from this year’s Honoree, Brené Brown, Ph.D., and an exciting $200,000 grant announcement by Bank of America’s, David Ruiz. In the end, the gala was much more than a night of fun. It was – thanks to the generosity of those who attended – an event that brought in $306,000 in crucial funds…dollars that will help The Women’s Home to continue providing the programs and services necessary to help women in crisis.

Many thanks to all involved in making this year’s gala a success. Without you, our work would not be possible.

Special Thanks To:

Honorary Chair: Joanne King Herring
Gala Chair: Rebecca McDonald
Dinner & Décor Chair: Philamena Baird
Honoree: Brené Brown, Ph.D.

Auction Item Donors

Leigh A. Evans
Heida Thurlow
Karen & Joe Redden
Brené Brown, Ph.D. & Philamena Baird

Underwriters

Cork Club:
Targa Resources Corporation

Kit Kat Lounge:
Mr. & Mrs. George Bishop / GeoSouthern Energy Corporation
John P. McGovern Foundation

Rainbow Supper Club:
Rebecca McDonald
Sue Trammell Whitfield

Cotton Club:
Admiral Transfer & Rigging, Inc.
Asset Management Advisors, Inc. / Lynn Mathre
Bristow Group Inc.
Capital One Bank
Chantal Foundation
DOAR Litigation Consulting LLC
Karen & Larry George / Irene Liberatos & Michael Westergren
Janice & Charlie Hall / Kristen & Steve McDaniel
Harriet & Truett Latimer
J’Anne & Jeff Rawson
Reed Smith LLP
Brenda & Jim White
Williams
Mickie Winborn

Hep Cats and Kittens:
Bristow Group Inc.
Mary Lynch & Scott Enger

Urban Leasing & Realty Food Drive Stocks Pantry

ULRIn the fall of 2015, our friends at Urban Leasing & Realty (ULR) stepped up in a BIG way. The community food pantry at Jane Cizik Garden Place (JCGP) – The Women’s Home’s permanent supportive apartment complex in Spring Branch – was running very low on food and toiletries in October. Realizing the great need we were facing, especially with the Holiday season approaching, Jessica St. John, Owner/Broker at Urban Leasing & Realty and an active supporter of The Home, suggested a food drive to her fellow agents. As expected, they wholeheartedly embraced the idea.

“Hearing that the pantry was nearly empty really hit me hard,” said Jessica. “I knew something had to be done and even though I have never organized a food drive, I really wanted to spearhead a collection effort.”

In late October / early November, Jessica designed reusable bags and flyers – to not only provide receptacles for collection, but also to raise awareness for The Home. ULR agents went door-to-door in the Cherryhurst, Park Civic, and Vermont Commons neighborhoods, dropping off the donation bags and passing on information about The Women’s Home. Residents were asked to place any donated items in the bag on their porch, to be picked up by volunteers the morning of November 11. Some wonderful area businesses offered to be community “drop-off” points as well, helping to increase collections in the food drive.

“My personal goal was 500 items,” Jessica stated. “In the end, there were cans and bags piled high in our office. I was so excited that I counted every item, already thinking about how we could make next year’s collection even better.”

And what was the final tally? A whopping 1,437 canned goods and non-perishables were donated! From canned soups and vegetables to paper towels and toilet paper, ULR, together with a deeply generous community, was able to bring an almost empty pantry to full capacity. To say we are grateful for their efforts would be a huge understatement. This drive allowed the residents at JCGP to have the “fall back” supplies they often need. It’s one less thing to worry about and one pantry full of reasons to move forward and believe that together, anything is possible.

“We are still so amazed at the support from the community and the incredible generosity of everyone involved,” said Jessica. “For every bag that was dropped off at our office, and every can that was picked up, the entire ULR team became even more energized. But nothing prepared us for the feeling of walking into a nearly empty pantry, then personally stocking the shelves until they were full. It warmed our hearts more than words can describe.”

In addition to all of the area homeowners and tenants that donated during the drive, Urban Leasing & Realty and The Women’s Home would like to send a huge thank you out to some of the individuals and businesses that helped to make the food drive such a big success, including: THRiVE, Aqua Hand Car Wash & Detail, Mark Rafail, James Ward, Macaron by Patisse, Inventure Design, Southern Star Inspections, LLC, and Marie Flanigan Interiors. Big thanks also to The Home’s Bethany Fields for all of her support and for the tour of the JCGP facilities.

“What most people don’t stop to think about is that a home is much more than just brick and mortar,” Jessica stated. “As a Realtor helping people find homes every day, I understand that home is a place you go to feel comfortable and secure. The Women’s Home does such an incredible job of helping those without a home find that security and comfort through their programs. We just feel blessed to have been able to lend a hand.”

From everyone at The Women’s Home, we appreciate the efforts of all involved in coordinating and donating to the ULR food drive. For 60 years, the generosity of this community has allowed us to provide the programs, services, and housing that help women in crisis get the help they so desperately need. If you are interested in volunteer opportunities for your group or company, please contact our Development Manager Debra Richmond at 713-328-1950 or drichmond@thewomenshome.org.