Spirit of Spring

Surprise half-million dollar gift wows crowd at benefit luncheon featuring top designer

Surprise $500,000 gift wows crowd at luncheon featuring top designer

News, shelby, Children's Assessment Center luncheon, May 2015, Monica Blaisdell, Lela Rose, Joanna Marks, Hannah McNair,
Monica Blaisdell, from left, Lela Rose, Joanna Marks and Hannah McNair. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Children's Assessment Center luncheon, May 2015, Elaine Stolte, Sheriff Adrian Garcia
Children's Assessment Center executive director Elaine Stolte and Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Children's Assessment Center luncheon, May 2015, Stan and Amanda Abiassi
Stan and Amanda Abiassi. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Children's Assessment Center luncheon, May 2015, Crickett DeWalch, Kathleen Zinn, Claudine Hartland, Kate Stukenburg
Crickett DeWalch, from left, Kathleen Zinn, Claudine Hartland and Kate Stukenburg. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Children's Assessment Center luncheon, May 2015, Beth Muecke, Diane Caplan, Elaine Stolte
Beth Muecke, from left, Diane Caplan and Elaine Stolte. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Children's Assessment Center luncheon, May 2015, Bruce Padilla, Donae Chrasmosta
Bruce Padilla and Donae Chramosta. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Children's Assessment Center luncheon, May 2015, Devon Anderson, Sunni Mitchell
Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson, left, and Sunni Mitchell. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Children's Assessment Center luncheon, May 2015, Beth Muecke, Amy Lee, Jennifer Brown
Beth Muecke, from left, Amy Lee and Jennifer Brown. Photo b Priscilla Dickson
News, shelby, Children's Assessment Center luncheon, May 2015, Gina Gaston, Dominique Sachse
Gina Gaston, left, and Dominique Sachse. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Children's Assessment Center luncheon, May 2015, Christopher and Laurie DeClaire
Christopher and Laurie DeClaire. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Children's Assessment Center luncheon, May 2015, Sasha Joseph Neulinger, Gail Davis
Guest speaker Sasha Joseph Neulinger and Gail Davis. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, shelby, Children's Assessment Center luncheon, May 2015, Stephen C. Lewis,
Stephen C. Lewis, from left, Michelle Smith, Alicia Smith and Bruce Padilla. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Children's Assessment Center luncheon, May 2015, Ruchi Mukerjee
Ruchi Mukherjee, left, and Nicole O'Brian Lassiter. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Children's Assessment Center luncheon, May 2015, Tena Lundquist Faust, Tama Faust
Tena Lundquist Faust, left, and  Tama Lundquist. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, shelby, Children's Assessment Center luncheon, May 2015, Karen Wildenstein, Cheryl Byington
Karen Wildenstein, left, and Cheryl Byington. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Children's Assessment Center luncheon, May 2015,Mary Trainer, Christopher Mitchell, Caroline Frantz
Mary Trainer, left, Christopher Mitchell and Caroline Frantz. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Children's Assessment Center luncheon, May 2015, Kathy Revis, Lisa Malosky, Annette Disch, Elaine Gartrell
Kathy Revis, from left, Lisa Malosky, Annette Disch and Elaine Gartrell. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Children's Assessment Center luncheon, May 2015,Kelly Silvers, Loretta Horowitz, Neekie Kashani, Ashley Baxter
Kelly Silvers, from left, Loretta Horowitz, Neekie Kashani and Ashley Baxte. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, shelby, Children's Assessment Center luncheon, May 2015, Monica Blaisdell, Lela Rose, Joanna Marks, Hannah McNair,
News, Shelby, Children's Assessment Center luncheon, May 2015, Elaine Stolte, Sheriff Adrian Garcia
News, Shelby, Children's Assessment Center luncheon, May 2015, Stan and Amanda Abiassi
News, Shelby, Children's Assessment Center luncheon, May 2015, Crickett DeWalch, Kathleen Zinn, Claudine Hartland, Kate Stukenburg
News, Shelby, Children's Assessment Center luncheon, May 2015, Beth Muecke, Diane Caplan, Elaine Stolte
News, Shelby, Children's Assessment Center luncheon, May 2015, Bruce Padilla, Donae Chrasmosta
News, Shelby, Children's Assessment Center luncheon, May 2015, Devon Anderson, Sunni Mitchell
News, Shelby, Children's Assessment Center luncheon, May 2015, Beth Muecke, Amy Lee, Jennifer Brown
News, shelby, Children's Assessment Center luncheon, May 2015, Gina Gaston, Dominique Sachse
News, Shelby, Children's Assessment Center luncheon, May 2015, Christopher and Laurie DeClaire
News, Shelby, Children's Assessment Center luncheon, May 2015, Sasha Joseph Neulinger, Gail Davis
News, shelby, Children's Assessment Center luncheon, May 2015, Stephen C. Lewis,
News, Shelby, Children's Assessment Center luncheon, May 2015, Ruchi Mukerjee
News, Shelby, Children's Assessment Center luncheon, May 2015, Tena Lundquist Faust, Tama Faust
News, shelby, Children's Assessment Center luncheon, May 2015, Karen Wildenstein, Cheryl Byington
News, Shelby, Children's Assessment Center luncheon, May 2015,Mary Trainer, Christopher Mitchell, Caroline Frantz
News, Shelby, Children's Assessment Center luncheon, May 2015, Kathy Revis, Lisa Malosky, Annette Disch, Elaine Gartrell
News, Shelby, Children's Assessment Center luncheon, May 2015,Kelly Silvers, Loretta Horowitz, Neekie Kashani, Ashley Baxter

Of all the things that the ladies might have expected from the Children's Assessment Center's annual "Spirit of Spring" fashion show and luncheon, it wasn't Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia delivering a check for $500,000, monies secured from the sheriff office's Asset Forfeiture Fund. But that's exactly what occurred.

Garcia delivered the larger-than-life check, the funds earmarked for CAC's capital campaign, and earned a standing ovation from the 460 supporters filling the ballroom of the Royal Sonesta Hotel.

That was icing on the cake for the event that raised $330,000 for CAC's role in healing children who are victims of sexual abuse. While the luncheon had its serious tone, including a speech by Sasha Joseph Neulinger on his victimization by family members, there were high notes as well.

It was a sister act for chairs Joanna Hartland Marks, Hannah Hartland McNair and Monica Hartland Blaisdell. The beautiful trio led luncheon leadership that included auction chair Diane Caplan, emcee Dominique Sachse, auctioneer Stephen C. Lewis and CAC executive director Elaine Stolte.

Entertainment highlight of the luncheon was the Neiman Marcus fashion presentation, introduced by NM GM Bob Devlin, of designs by Dallas native Lela Rose, who flew in from New York for the show and the pop-up shot of her feminine fashions in the ballroom lobby.

Lending their support were Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson, Lisa Malosky, Heather Crosswell, Amy Lee, Beth Muecke, Vivian Wise, Ericka Bagwell, Kate Stukenburg, Elizabeth Petersen, Megan Sutton-Reed, Brady Crosswell, Cricket DeWalch, Rebecca Hixon and Amanda and Stan Abiassi.