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Houston's most powerful room: Heavy hitters pack a ballroom to show H.E.A.R.T.

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7 HEART Program Luncheon Houston May 2013 Jordann Hubert, Diana Espitia, Willie Alexander, Terry Morales
Jordann Hubert, from left, Diana Espitia, Willie Alexander and Terry Morales at the HEART Program luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
13 HEART Program Luncheon Houston May 2013 Wendy Dawson, Alistair Dawson
Wendy and Alistair Dawson at the HEART Program luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
12 HEART Program Luncheon Houston May 2013 Alberto Cardenas Jr., Gina Bhatia, Amber Moystn, Mayor Annise Parker
Alberto Cardenas Jr., from left, Gina Bhatia, Amber Moystn and Mayor Annise Parker at the HEART Program luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
11 HEART Program Luncheon Houston May 2013 Delaney Bellinger, Jack Bellinger, Ann Cohen
Delaney and Jack Bellinger, left, with Ann Cohen at the HEART Program luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
9 HEART Program Luncheon Houston May 2013 Joseph Jaworski, Andrew Burks Jr.
Joseph Jaworski, left, and Andrew Burks Jr. at the HEART Program luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
8 HEART Program Luncheon Houston May 2013 Shirley Dannenbaum, Ray Gutierrez
Shirley Dannenbaum and Ray Gutierrez at the HEART Program luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
5 HEART Program Luncheon Houston May 2013 Brian Marshall, Suzanne Marshall
Brian and Suzanne Marshall at the HEART Program luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
4 HEART Program Luncheon Houston May 2013 Judy Waters, James Nelson
Judy Waters and James Nelson at the HEART Program luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
2 HEART Program Luncheon Houston May 2013 Judge Ravi Sadill, Judge Eric Andell
Ravi Sadill, left, and Eric Andell at the HEART Program luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
1 HEART Program Luncheon Houston May 2013 Mandi Lewis, Sidney Evans II, Maria Vilchez
Mandi Lewis, from left, Sidney Evans II and Maria Vilchez at the HEART Program luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
7 HEART Program Luncheon Houston May 2013 Jordann Hubert, Diana Espitia, Willie Alexander, Terry Morales
13 HEART Program Luncheon Houston May 2013 Wendy Dawson, Alistair Dawson
12 HEART Program Luncheon Houston May 2013 Alberto Cardenas Jr., Gina Bhatia, Amber Moystn, Mayor Annise Parker
11 HEART Program Luncheon Houston May 2013 Delaney Bellinger, Jack Bellinger, Ann Cohen
9 HEART Program Luncheon Houston May 2013 Joseph Jaworski, Andrew Burks Jr.
8 HEART Program Luncheon Houston May 2013 Shirley Dannenbaum, Ray Gutierrez
5 HEART Program Luncheon Houston May 2013 Brian Marshall, Suzanne Marshall
4 HEART Program Luncheon Houston May 2013 Judy Waters, James Nelson
2 HEART Program Luncheon Houston May 2013 Judge Ravi Sadill, Judge Eric Andell
1 HEART Program Luncheon Houston May 2013 Mandi Lewis, Sidney Evans II, Maria Vilchez

The sixth annual "Have a H.E.A.R.T." benefit luncheon could have been a political conclave, so rich was the turnout of elected officials and community leaders that packed the ballroom of the Junior League of Houston. Organizers proved their prowess at drawing a heavy-hitter crowd that was due, in no small part, to the honorees.

Trial lawyers Amber and Steve Mostyn, known for their philanthropic work as well as for political interests, were recognized for their good works including the formation of a foundation that provides assistance to children with special needs and their families. That focus blends nicely with the mission of the  H.E.A.R.T. Program, which provides vocational training for adults with developmental disabilities.

The luncheon served as a platform for H.E.A.R.T. executive director Jane Cummins to explain the program and to praise Papa John's Pizza, which has been a valuable resource of jobs for H.E.A.R.T. clients. In addition, nine program trainees were presented with MVP honors for their stellar work performances in the past year.

Mayor Annise Parker, who has been a supporter of the non-profit since its founding seven years ago when she was City Controller, declared it "Amber and Steve Mostyn Day" in Houston. Sheriff Adrian Garcia named the couple honorary deputies and presented Amber (Steve could not be there) with badges and an official Sheriff's Department hat, which she modeled for the applauding crowd.

At least half a dozen City Council members and a dozen judges were among the supporters that included Arthur Schechter, Roland Garcia, Kathryn McNiel, Lecia Green Ellis, Willie Alexander, Jack Bellinger, Charles Stern, Delaney Bellinger, Metro board chairman Gilbert Garcia and Housing and Community Development director Neal Rackleff.

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