Families First

Inaugural charity luncheon draws heavy hitters, philanthropists, and football great

Inaugural luncheon draws heavy hitters, philanthropists, and NFL great

At the Heart of Families, 9/16  Chester Pitts, Len Cannon
Chester Pitts, Len Cannon. Photo by Kim Coffman
At the Heart of Families, 9/16 Marilyn DeMontrond, Trini Mendenhall, George DeMontrond, Ellile Sweeney
Marilyn DeMontrond, Trini Mendenhall, George DeMontrond, Ellile Sweeney. Photo by Kim Coffman
At the Heart of Families, 9/16  Gwen Emmett, Ed Emmett
Gwen Emmett, Ed Emmett. Photo by Kim Coffman
At the Heart of Families, 9/16  Joy Daniel, Gene Daniel
Joy Daniel, Gene Daniel. Photo by Kim Coffman
At the Heart of Families, 9/16  Marie Bosarge, Bob Ivany
Marie Bosarge, Bob Ivany. Photo by Kim Coffman
At the Heart of Families, 9/16  Kyra Simone
Krya Simone. Photo by Kim Coffman
At the Heart of Families, 9/16  Kathleen Diamonon, Sarah Terrell
 Kathleen Diamonon, Sarah Terrell. Photo by Kim Coffman
At the Heart of Families, 9/16  Chester Pitts, Len Cannon
At the Heart of Families, 9/16 Marilyn DeMontrond, Trini Mendenhall, George DeMontrond, Ellile Sweeney
At the Heart of Families, 9/16  Gwen Emmett, Ed Emmett
At the Heart of Families, 9/16  Joy Daniel, Gene Daniel
At the Heart of Families, 9/16  Marie Bosarge, Bob Ivany
At the Heart of Families, 9/16  Kyra Simone
At the Heart of Families, 9/16  Kathleen Diamonon, Sarah Terrell

What: Harris County Protective Services for Children and Adults (HCPS) 50th anniversary luncheon.

Where: The Junior League of Houston.

The scoop: Close to 300 supporters turned out for the "At the Heart of Families" inaugural fundraiser which brought in $165,000. Chairing the event were Marilyn and George DeMontrond, Ellie and Jack Sweeney, and Frances Dyess.

"We have services for abused and neglected children, teen programs, in-school intervention and crisis counseling, as well as a 24-hour emergency residential shelter for kids separated from threatening home situations," George DeMontrond said. "The needs are great.” 

The event honored philanthropist Trini Mendenhall and featured a discussion between NFL star Chester Pitts and KHOU Channel 11 news anchor Len Cannon. Special treat was a welcome song by HCPS client Kymora Simone.

Who: New HCPS executive director Joel Levine, retiring executive director George Ford, Barbara and Leroy Hermes, Susan Sarofim, Bob Ivany, Jan Mendenhall, Lesha Elsenbrook, Cyndy Garza Roberts, Winell Herron, Marie Bosarge, Terry Morales, and Janice and Jerry LeVais.

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