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Luncheon Raises $1 Million

One-hour charity luncheon scores big, raises more than $1 million

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Dan and Mary McCulloch at the Brookwood luncheon April 2014
Brookwood luncheon chairs Dan and Mary McCulloch. Photo by Temple Webber
Yvonne Streit, from left, Paul Pressler and Brady Lum at the Brookwood luncheon April 2014
Yvonne Streit, from left, Paul Pressler and Brady Lum. Photo by Temple Webber
Frank Tucker, from left, Stephanie and Brad Tucker and Brady Lum at the Brookwood luncheon April 2014
Frank Tucker, from left, Stephanie and Brad Tucker and Brady Lum. Photo by Temple Webber
Belinda and Louis Jones at the Brookwood luncheon April 2014
Belinda and Louis Jones. Photo by Temple Webber
Anne Csorba, from left, with Paul and Anne Pressler at the Brookwood luncheon April 2014
Anne Csorba, from left, with Paul and Anne Pressler. Photo by Temple Webber
Handbell Choir at the Brookwood luncheon April 2014
The handbell choir performs at the Brookwood luncheon. Photo by Temple Webber
Dan and Mary McCulloch at the Brookwood luncheon April 2014
Yvonne Streit, from left, Paul Pressler and Brady Lum at the Brookwood luncheon April 2014
Frank Tucker, from left, Stephanie and Brad Tucker and Brady Lum at the Brookwood luncheon April 2014
Belinda and Louis Jones at the Brookwood luncheon April 2014
Anne Csorba, from left, with Paul and Anne Pressler at the Brookwood luncheon April 2014
Handbell Choir at the Brookwood luncheon April 2014

What: The Brookwood Community benefit luncheon.

Where: Hilton Americas-Houston.

The 411: It's not often that a charity luncheon in H-Town hits the seven-figure mark but that was exactly the good news when Brookwood brought in $1,025,000. Those funds are earmarked to aid the non-profit's finances and obligations that include tuition, enterprise revenues and allocated return from its endowment. (Located in Brookshire, Brookwood is a residential facility providing vocational programs for adults with disabilities.) Applause, applause for chairs Mary and Dan McCulloch and honorary chairs Judy and Marc Herzstein and Nancy and Paul Pressler III. Their children, Hayley Herzstein and Paul Pressler, who participate in Brookwood, welcomed guests and led the invocation, respectively. Also serving as honorary chairs were Belinda and Louis Jones and Kelli and John Weinzierl

Close to 1,000 attended and listened closely as Houstonian J. Brady Lum talked of his experiences as president and COO of Special Olympics International. Brookwood founder Yvonne Strait received a standing for her work while noting that adults with special needs is one of the fastest growing populations in the world.

Who: Melinda and Sam Stubbs, Jeanie Kilroy Wilson, Danny and Klaes, Domitille and Dr. Patrick McCulloch, Anne and Les Csorba, Kay and Howard House and Jim McIngvale.

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