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From homeless to Harvard, speaker mesmerizes Small Steps luncheon crowd with story of success

From homeless to Harvard, speaker mesmerizes luncheon audience

Elizabeth Pagan, from left, Christine Williams and Lesli Giannukos at the Small Steps Nurture & Nourish Luncheon September 2014
Elizabeth Pagan, from left, Christine Williams and Lesli Giannukos. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Liz Stepanian, left, and Lauren Burke at the Small Steps Nurture & Nourish Luncheon September 2014
Liz Stepanian, left, and Lauren Burke. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Lisa Malosky, left, and Liz Murray at the Small Steps Nurture & Nourish Luncheon September 2014
Lisa Malosky, left, and Liz Murray. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Shelley Brazelton, from left, Lynda Underwood and Fran Fondren at the Small Steps Nurture & Nourish Luncheon September 2014
Shelley Brazelton, from left, Lynda Underwood and Fran Fondren. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Lilly Andress, left, and Vicki West at the Small Steps Nurture & Nourish Luncheon September 2014
Lilly Andress, left, and Vicki West. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Elizabeth Hogan, from left, Susan Light, Liz Murray, Lorie Herod and Ana Schick at the Small Steps Nurture & Nourish Luncheon September 2014.
Elizabeth Hogan, from left, Susan Light, Liz Murray, Lorie Herod and Ana Schick. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Jill Holstead, left, and  Katherine Jones at the Small Steps Nurture & Nourish Luncheon September 2014
Jill Holstead, left, and  Katherine Jones. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Jan Duncan, left, and  Linda McReynolds at the Small Steps Nurture & Nourish Luncheon September 2014
Jan Duncan, left, and  Linda McReynolds. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Connally Harper, from left, Meredith Turner and Lane Bowden at the Small Steps Nurture & Nourish Luncheon September 2014
Connally Harper, from left, Meredith Turner and Lane Bowden. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Cari Griggs, from left, Susan Light and Amy Reeves at the Small Steps Nurture & Nourish Luncheon September 2014
Cari Griggs, from left, Susan Light and Amy Reeves. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Elizabeth Pagan, from left, Christine Williams and Lesli Giannukos at the Small Steps Nurture & Nourish Luncheon September 2014
Liz Stepanian, left, and Lauren Burke at the Small Steps Nurture & Nourish Luncheon September 2014
Lisa Malosky, left, and Liz Murray at the Small Steps Nurture & Nourish Luncheon September 2014
Shelley Brazelton, from left, Lynda Underwood and Fran Fondren at the Small Steps Nurture & Nourish Luncheon September 2014
Lilly Andress, left, and Vicki West at the Small Steps Nurture & Nourish Luncheon September 2014
Elizabeth Hogan, from left, Susan Light, Liz Murray, Lorie Herod and Ana Schick at the Small Steps Nurture & Nourish Luncheon September 2014.
Jill Holstead, left, and  Katherine Jones at the Small Steps Nurture & Nourish Luncheon September 2014
Jan Duncan, left, and  Linda McReynolds at the Small Steps Nurture & Nourish Luncheon September 2014
Connally Harper, from left, Meredith Turner and Lane Bowden at the Small Steps Nurture & Nourish Luncheon September 2014
Cari Griggs, from left, Susan Light and Amy Reeves at the Small Steps Nurture & Nourish Luncheon September 2014

What: Small Steps Nurturing Center annual luncheon.

Where: Houston Country Club.

The 411: Author and inspirational speaker Liz Murray captivated the gathering of 380 with her triumph over homelessness and drug-addicted parents. Subject of the television film Homeless to Harvard, she spoke about love, forgiveness and the importance of making a difference in the world one person at a time. She challenged luncheon guests to become active in changing the lives of the economically-at risk students at Small Steps.

Lisa Malosky served as emcee and Lorie Herod, Elizabeth Hogan and Susan Light chaired the luncheon that earned $187,000.

Who: Lynda Underwood, Fran Fondren, Liz Stepanian, Lauren Burke, Vicki West, Linda McReynolds, Jill Holstead, Lilly Andress, Jan Duncan, Cari Griggs and Amy Reeves.

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