Once a quarter we host an Awards Banquet for our residential clients. These events are a time for acknowledging and celebrating the immensely hard work and great progress of each woman. Their families are invited to attend, and a former graduate is often present to share her own inspirational story. Graduates are also invited to speak after they receive their diplomas. This quarter’s banquet is generously sponsored by the West University Rotary Club.
On Thursday night, August 24, The Women’s Home hosted its annual reNew & reDo Fashion Show at the beautiful Ballroom at Bayou Place. Nearly 300 guests shopped the glamorous pop-up boutique (by The Home’s own Cottage Shop, a boutique resale shop in the heart of Montrose) with bags, shoes, dresses, jackets and more by Gucci, Prada, Escada, and St. John, just to name a few. Guests also enjoyed the delectable eats of Chef Ara Malekian, and VIP guests received swag bags with goodies from Tory Burch, Elizabeth Anthony, Adara Med Spa, and more.
Then the posh crowd took their seats for the highlight of the evening, the Fashion Show produced by Lenny Matuszewski and Tamara Bonar, hosted by emcee Elaine Turner. Fashion Icon Joyce Echols was honored at the event. Then the glamorous models – Kat Kearns, Mimi Irvin, Gregg Harrison, Victoria J. Hellyer, and more – took to the runway sporting fabulous looks that were all donated to The Women’s Home and were available for sale to guests after the show. Dr. Karan Sra was named the Show’s Top Model for raising the most money for The Home and its programs.
The after-party featured more fabulous shopping, delicious desserts by Seasons 52, and the music of Bradley Davis Entertainment to keep the party going.
The event raised nearly $100,000 for The Home, a 60 year-old non-profit that provides housing and individually tailored support services to help prevent and end homelessness in the Houston area.
Event Co-Chairs Mimi Irvin, Gregg Harrison, and Kat Kearns
Tom McCasland, Director, City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department
Melody Barr, Deputy Assistant Director, Public Services/Public Facilities at City of Houston-Housing and Community Development
Andrea Smith, Financial Analyst, City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department
Kathryn Turner, Loan Officer, Central Region, Corporation for Supportive Housing
Yasmin Huebinger, Vice President, Capital One, N.A.
Judge Steven Kirkland, Harris County 334th Civil Court and Board member of WholeLife Services, Inc.
Jo Lightsey and Linda Whatley of the Old Spring Branch Civic Association
The dedication of the Mabee WholeLife® Service Center will be in early 2018. For more information on how you can support the Center and help build whole lives, please contact Bethany Fields at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Women’s Home is proud to have won the 2017 Houston Business Journal Landmark Award in the area of Community Impact for our Adele and Ber Pieper Family Place Apartments complex. The awards recognize outstanding real estate projects completed in the greater Houston area between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. Finalists and the winners of all categories were announced and awarded on stage in front of the key building blocks in the commercial real estate community. The ceremony, held on April 20th, recognized commercial real estate projects and developments that create the foundation of the Houston landscape, as well as honor the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Winner, Edna Meyer-Nelson, president & CEO of The Richland Companies. We are greatly honored!
It is with joy and gratitude that we celebrate Paula Paust and her 25 years of unparalleled service to The Women’s Home. Paula’s leadership and commitment to The Home have created a solid foundation upon which the organization has flourished and expanded, and we are now able to serve more women and their families than ever before. We wish her well in her retirement and will always be grateful for her tireless, loving efforts to ensure that The Home and its clients thrive.
We are proud to announce Anna Dragsbaek as The Women’s Home’s new Chief Executive Officer. Anna brings with her many years of non-profit experience and a passion for empowering families. With a background in social work, public health and law, she believes in the power of women to build healthy families and strong communities. Anna is honored to continue the legacy of The Home, helping women in crisis regain their self-esteem and dignity. We warmly welcome her family into ours.
As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of The Women’s Home, we are in the midst of an exciting time of growth and change. With the addition of the Adele and Ber Pieper Family Place and in 2017, the Mabee WholeLife® Service Center, we are expanding into new areas of service. With the ongoing support of our community, The Women’s Home is poised to impact more lives than ever.
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