On Friday November 13, 2015, nearly 400 guests gathered at the Royal Sonesta Hotel to take a walk through The Women’s Home’s history with our 2015 Landmarks and Legacies Gala. This year our honorees were eight individuals whose support and dedication have shaped the history of The Home. This year’s honorees, JoAnne King Herring our Hall of Fame Honoree, Jane Cizik, Adele and Ber Pieper, Bette Stead, Kay and René Joyce, and Mandy Kao, exemplify the compassion and dedication that has enabled The Home to grow into the successful organization it is today.
Honorees were all in attendance as the evening began with the premier of this video, narrated by none other than JoAnne King Herring herself, in which each honoree spoke of the impact of The Home and wove together the narrative of our history.
Guests bid on fabulous silent auction items coordinated by gala co-chair Tracy Faulker, whose hard work alongside co-chairs Harry Faulkner and Fran Fawcett Peterson ensured the evening would be unforgettable. The hall was decorated in brilliant fall colors courtesy of Linda McInvale from Memorable Events. Deborah Duncan, Mistress of Ceremonies, led guests through the evening program, partnering with Morton Auctioneer and Appraisers’ General Manager Angus Adam who put on his best British charm for the crowd during the paddle raise.
After dinner and the program, guests danced the night away to the Richard Brown Orchestra accompanied by the electric vocals of Deborah Duncan. Among the crowd were familiar and new faces alike including Karina Barbieri, Marie Bosarge, Donae Chramosta, Scott and Michelle Ensell, Jenna and Brendan Gilbert, Yasmine Haddad, Janice and Charlie Hall, Staci and Dr. Quang Henderson, Anika Jackson, Ryan Korsgard, Gina Li, Beth Madison, Lisa Maloskey, Miya Shay, Evin Thayer, Tammy Tran Nguyen, Jim and Elaine Turner, Sue Trammel Whitfield, and Margaret Alkek Williams. The Women’s Home Young Professionals showed up in force, representing the bright future of The Women’s Home. Together, guests raised $320,000 in support of The Women’s Home programs and mission.