The sixth annual "Have a H.E.A.R.T." benefit luncheon could have been a political conclave, so rich was the turnout of elected officials and community leaders that packed the ballroom of the Junior League of Houston. Organizers proved their prowess at drawing a heavy-hitter crowd that was due, in no small part, to the honorees.
Trial lawyers Amber and Steve Mostyn, known for their philanthropic work as well as for political interests, were recognized for their good works including the formation of a foundation that provides assistance to children with special needs and their families. That focus blends nicely with the mission of the H.E.A.R.T. Program, which provides vocational training for adults with developmental disabilities.
The luncheon served as a platform for H.E.A.R.T. executive director Jane Cummins to explain the program and to praise Papa John's Pizza, which has been a valuable resource of jobs for H.E.A.R.T. clients. In addition, nine program trainees were presented with MVP honors for their stellar work performances in the past year.
Mayor Annise Parker, who has been a supporter of the non-profit since its founding seven years ago when she was City Controller, declared it "Amber and Steve Mostyn Day" in Houston. Sheriff Adrian Garcia named the couple honorary deputies and presented Amber (Steve could not be there) with badges and an official Sheriff's Department hat, which she modeled for the applauding crowd.
At least half a dozen City Council members and a dozen judges were among the supporters that included Arthur Schechter, Roland Garcia, Kathryn McNiel, Lecia Green Ellis, Willie Alexander, Jack Bellinger, Charles Stern, Delaney Bellinger, Metro board chairman Gilbert Garcia and Housing and Community Development director Neal Rackleff.