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Son of foster care system shares his story of triumph over adversity with luncheon crowd

Son of foster care system shares his story of triumph over adversity

DePelchin Children's Center Luncheon
Susie Distefano, Jenifer Jarriel, Janet Balke. Courtesy of DePelchin Children's Center
Houston, DePelchin Children's Center Families for Kids Luncheon, May 2016, Winnie Simmons, Christi Fisher
Winnie Simmons, Christi Fisher. Photo courtesy photo DePelchin Children's Center
Houston, DePelchin Children's Center Families for Kids Luncheon, May 2016, Pam Brasseux, Liz Rigney
Pam Brasseux, Liz Rigney. Photo courtesy photo DePelchin Children's Center
Houston, DePelchin Children's Center Families for Kids Luncheon, May 2016, Reverend Bill Lawson, Melanie Lawson, Doe Florsheim, Henry Florsheim
The Rev. Bill Lawson, Melanie Lawson, Doe Florsheim, Henry Florsheim. Photo courtesy photo DePelchin Children's Center
Houston, DePelchin Children's Center Families for Kids Luncheon, May 2016, Don Faust, Hannah McNair, Jessica Shannon, Jasmine Butler, Erica Martinez
Don Faust, Hannah McNair, Jessica Shannon, Jasmine Butler, Erica Martinez. Photo courtesy photo DePelchin Children's Center
Houston, DePelchin Children's Center Families for Kids Luncheon, May 2016, Vanessa Gilmore, Arvia Few
Judge Vanessa Gilmore, Arvia Few. Photo courtesy photo DePelchin Children's Center
Houston, DePelchin Children's Center Families for Kids Luncheon, May 2016, Sheryl Bech, Nancy Conrad
Sheryl Bech, Nancy Conrad. Photo courtesy photo DePelchin Children's Center
Houston, DePelchin Children's Center Families for Kids Luncheon, May 2016, Robbie Lowrey
Robbie Lowrey. Photo courtesy photo DePelchin Children's Center
Houston, DePelchin Children's Center Families for Kids Luncheon, May 2016, Tom Powers, Pat Powers
Tom Powers, Pat Powers. Photo courtesy photo DePelchin Children's Center
Houston, DePelchin Children's Center Families for Kids Luncheon, May 2016, Bob Conrad, Mary Williams, Craig Cordova
Bob Conrad, Mary Williams, Craig Cordova. Photo courtesy photo DePelchin Children's Center
DePelchin Children's Center Luncheon
Houston, DePelchin Children's Center Families for Kids Luncheon, May 2016, Winnie Simmons, Christi Fisher
Houston, DePelchin Children's Center Families for Kids Luncheon, May 2016, Pam Brasseux, Liz Rigney
Houston, DePelchin Children's Center Families for Kids Luncheon, May 2016, Reverend Bill Lawson, Melanie Lawson, Doe Florsheim, Henry Florsheim
Houston, DePelchin Children's Center Families for Kids Luncheon, May 2016, Don Faust, Hannah McNair, Jessica Shannon, Jasmine Butler, Erica Martinez
Houston, DePelchin Children's Center Families for Kids Luncheon, May 2016, Vanessa Gilmore, Arvia Few
Houston, DePelchin Children's Center Families for Kids Luncheon, May 2016, Sheryl Bech, Nancy Conrad
Houston, DePelchin Children's Center Families for Kids Luncheon, May 2016, Robbie Lowrey
Houston, DePelchin Children's Center Families for Kids Luncheon, May 2016, Tom Powers, Pat Powers
Houston, DePelchin Children's Center Families for Kids Luncheon, May 2016, Bob Conrad, Mary Williams, Craig Cordova

What: DePelchin Chldren's Center "Families for Kids" spring luncheon.

Where: Hyatt Regency Galleria.

The scoop: Steve Pemberton, author of "A Chance in the World," shared his story of personal success despite growing up in the foster care system. Chaired by Susie Distefano, the luncheon honored DePelchin advocates Pat and Tom Powers. 

Joining the program were DePelchin board chair John Bass, center president and CEO Jenifer Jarriel and AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl board chair Don Faust, who presented Jarriel with a donation of $175,000, proceeds from the bowl game held at NRG Stadium. KTRK Channel 13 news anchor Melanie Lawson served as emcee.

Who: Hannah McNair, Ellen Bass, Emily Crosswell, Lisa Stone, Pam Lovett, Flo McGee, Rahul Mehta, Ginni Mithoff, Pam Brasseux, the Rev. Bill Lawson, and Judge Vanessa Gilmore.

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