Million Dollar Lunch

Raising more than $1 million at luncheon, Neighborhood Centers expands its reach

With a $1 million luncheon, Neighborhood Centers expands its reach

Neighborhood Centers luncheon, Feb. 2016, Vic Samuels, Bobby Samuels, Ed Emmett
Vic Samuels, Dr. Bobbi Samuels, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. Courtesy of Neighborhood Centers
Neighborhood Centers luncheon, Feb. 2016, Armando Walle, Angela Blanchard
State Rep. Armando Walle, Angela Blanchard. Courtesy of Neighborhood Centers
Neighborhood Centers luncheon, Feb. 2016,David Kirp, Darren Walker
David Kirp, Darren Walker. Courtesy of Neighborhood Centers
Neighborhood Centers luncheon, Feb. 2016, Claudia Vasquez, Rodney Ellis, Gwen Emmett
Claudia Vasquez, State Sen. Rodney Ellis, Gwen Emmett. Courtesy of Neighborhood Centers
Neighborhood Centers luncheon, Feb. 2016, Gina Luna, Vic Samuels, Bobby Samuels, Darren Walker, Angela Blanchard, Jonathan Day
Gina Luna, Vic Samuels, Dr. Bobbi Samuels, Jonathan Day, Vicki Birenbaum, Bob Flexon. Courtesy of Neighborhood Centers
Neighborhood Centers luncheon, Feb. 2016, Armando Walle, Oriana Garcia, David Vasquez
State Rep. Armando Walle, Oriana Garcia, David Vasquez. Courtesy of Neighborhood Centers
Neighborhood Centers luncheon, Feb. 2016, Nancy Nunnery, Tanisha Ramey
Nancy Nunnery, Tanisha Ramey. Courtesy of Neighborhood Centers
Neighborhood Centers luncheon, Feb. 2016, Winell Herron, Anita Bates
Winell Herron, Anita Bates. Courtesy of Neighborhood Centers
Neighborhood Centers luncheon, Feb. 2016, Yolanda Green, Grace Olivares
Yolanda Green, Grace Olivares. Courtesy of Neighborhood Centers
Neighborhood Centers luncheon, Feb. 2016, Vic Samuels, Bobby Samuels, Ed Emmett
Neighborhood Centers luncheon, Feb. 2016, Armando Walle, Angela Blanchard
Neighborhood Centers luncheon, Feb. 2016,David Kirp, Darren Walker
Neighborhood Centers luncheon, Feb. 2016, Claudia Vasquez, Rodney Ellis, Gwen Emmett
Neighborhood Centers luncheon, Feb. 2016, Gina Luna, Vic Samuels, Bobby Samuels, Darren Walker, Angela Blanchard, Jonathan Day
Neighborhood Centers luncheon, Feb. 2016, Armando Walle, Oriana Garcia, David Vasquez
Neighborhood Centers luncheon, Feb. 2016, Nancy Nunnery, Tanisha Ramey
Neighborhood Centers luncheon, Feb. 2016, Winell Herron, Anita Bates
Neighborhood Centers luncheon, Feb. 2016, Yolanda Green, Grace Olivares

What: Neighborhood Centers "Heart of Gold" luncheon.

Where: Hilton Americas-Houston.

The scoop: There were several moving parts to the luncheon that raised more than $1 million for programs that provide resources, connection and education to nearly 600,000 individuals throughout Texas. Chaired by Bob Flexon, the event honored Dr. Bobbi and Vic Samuels with the Alice Graham Baker Award for their commitment to the Houston community.

Highlight of the luncheon was the discussion between Ford Foundation president and CEO Darren Walker and New York Times contributing op-ed writer David Kirp. Walker grew up just outside of Houston and is the 10th president of the foundation which is one of the largest private grant-maker organizations in the country. They talked about the value of investing in people and ideas.

Neighborhood Centers CEO Angela Blanchard announced plans for groundbreaking for the new economic opportunity center in East Aldine.

Who: State Rep. Armando Walle, State Sen. Rodney Ellis, Gina Luna, Jonathan Day, Joni Baird, Vicki Birenbaum, Mike Ballases, Townes Pressler, Gwen Emmett, Oriana Garcia, Yolanda Green, Winell Herron, and Tanisha Ramey.

ADVERTISEMENT