With 500 supporters filling the Grand Foyer of Wortham Theater Center, Legacy Community Health Services celebrated not only its astonishing successes Tuesday, but also two couples who have contributed monumentally to the non-profit and to the community beyond.
The 10th annual fall luncheon saluted Melissa and Michael Mithoff and Melanie Gray and Mark Wawro with Mayor Annise Parker presenting city proclamations naming Sept. 18 their special day in H-Town. Their contributions chronicled in video, the honorees were applauded by luncheon chairs Rosemarie Johnson, Ginni Mithoff and Monsour Taghdisi. While Taghdisi introduced the Mithoffs, Nancy and Neal Manne introduced Gray and Wawro.
KPRC Ch. 2 meteorologist Frank Billingsley served as emcee.
The event continued the agency's decade of successful fundraising, bringing in more than $300,000 for programs that in this past year served 45,000 men, women and children. Legacy CEO Katy Caldwell, development director Chree Boydston and friends of the non-profit Claire Cormier-Thielke, Cyndy Garza Roberts and Martha Turner participated in the program that spotlighted Legacy's monumental growth since its founding 31 years ago in Montrose, basically as an AIDS clinic.
Today, five clinics, a dental bus and expansion in the Baytown and Beaumont areas, serving low-income and uninsured clients, are all part of the work covered in Legacy's $46 million annual budget.
Stepping out in support of Legacy were Rocky Mafrige, Jackson Hicks, Milton Townsend, Phoebe Tudor, Judge Vanessa Gilmore, Regina Rogers, Trini Mendenhall Sosa and Frank Sosa, Alison Leland, Judith Oudt, Sabiha Rehmatullah, Henry Richardson, T. Ray Purser and Alton LaDay.