Out To Lunch

Top comedian shares story of his son's life with cerebral palsy at The Center's 15th annual luncheon

Comic shares story of son's life with cerebral palsy at Center lunch

The Center luncheon, Feb. 2016, Mary D'Andrea, Paul Reiser, Gina Bhatia
Mary D'Andrea, Paul Reiser, Gina Bhatia. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
The Center luncheon, Feb. 2016, Christina Sacco, Kiki Wilson, Angie Holloway
Christina Sacco, Kiki Wilson, Angie Holloway. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
The Center luncheon, Feb. 2016, Pam Lewis, Christy Galtney, Tricia Streitmann
Pam Lewis, Christy Galtney, Tricia Streitmann. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
The Center luncheon, Feb. 2016, David Baldwin, Ronny Cuenod
David Baldwin, Ronny Cuenod. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
The Center luncheon, Feb. 2016, Eva Aguirre, Wayne Johnson
Eva Aguirre, Wayne Johnson.  Photo by Roswitha Vogler
The Center luncheon, Feb. 2016, Jim Woods, Jeanette Woods
Jim Woods, Jeanette Woods. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
The Center luncheon, Feb. 2016, Julie Black, Ana Maria Salas
Julie Black, Ana Maria Salas.  Photo by Kim Coffman
The Center luncheon, Feb. 2016, Judge Emmett
Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
The Center luncheon, Feb. 2016, Mary D'Andrea, Paul Reiser, Gina Bhatia
The Center luncheon, Feb. 2016, Christina Sacco, Kiki Wilson, Angie Holloway
The Center luncheon, Feb. 2016, Pam Lewis, Christy Galtney, Tricia Streitmann
The Center luncheon, Feb. 2016, David Baldwin, Ronny Cuenod
The Center luncheon, Feb. 2016, Eva Aguirre, Wayne Johnson
The Center luncheon, Feb. 2016, Jim Woods, Jeanette Woods
The Center luncheon, Feb. 2016, Julie Black, Ana Maria Salas
The Center luncheon, Feb. 2016, Judge Emmett

What: The Center's 15th annual luncheon.

Where: River Oaks Country Club.

The scoop: Award-wining actor, comedian and author Paul Reiser shared laughs and seriousness as he told the story of his grown son Ezra, who has cerebral palsy. (Reiser is best known for starring in the '90s hit TV comedy, Mad About You, and the classic movie, Diner, and was voted one of one of Comedy Central's “Top 100 Comedians of All Time.")

Spencer Tilman served as emcee of the luncheon that included a discussion between Center resident Allison Rosenberg and her dad Richard Rosenberg.

Gina Bhatia and Mary D'Andrea chaired the event that raised $221,000 for the program that promotes growth and independence for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Who: Hilda Curran, Julie Oliver, Valerie Dieterich, Allison Thacker, David Baldwin, Joella Mach, Yolanda Green, Ronny Cuenod, Kiki Wilson, Angie Holloway, Paula Paine, Linda Bates, and Wayne Johnson.