Bush Daughter Shares Memories

Bush daughter shares family memories and details of new project at SPA luncheon

Bush daughter shares family memories and new project at SPA luncheon

Neil Bush and Lauren Bush Lauren at the SPA luncheon with Lauren Bush Lauren October 2014
Neil Bush and Lauren Bush Lauren. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Michael and Melissa Mithoff at the SPA luncheon with Lauren Bush Lauren October 2014
Michael and Melissa Mithoff. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Mark Wawro and Melanie Gray at the SPA luncheon with Lauren Bush Lauren October 2014
Mark Wawro and Melanie Gray. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Liz Glanville, left, and Chris Goins at the SPA luncheon with Lauren Bush Lauren October 2014
Liz Glanville, left, and Chris Goins. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
June Christensen, from left, Lauren Bush Lauren and Mark and Christie Sullivan at the SPA luncheon with Lauren Bush Lauren October 2014
June Christensen, from left, Lauren Bush Lauren and Mark and Christie Sullivan. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Phoebe Tudor, left, and Lindley Arnoldy at the SPA luncheon with Lauren Bush Lauren October 2014
Phoebe Tudor, left, and Lindley Arnoldy. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Ron Mafridge, left, and Don Mafridge at the SPA luncheon with Lauren Bush Lauren October 2014
Ron Mafridge, left, and Don Mafridge. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Terri and John Havens at the SPA luncheon with Lauren Bush Lauren October 2014
Terri and John Havens. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Lori Clemmons, from left, Eileen Lawal and Regina Rogers at the SPA luncheon with Lauren Bush Lauren October 2014
Lori Clemmons, from left, Eileen Lawal and Regina Rogers. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Laura Greenberg, from left, Megan Sutton Reed and Susan Plank at the SPA luncheon with Lauren Bush Lauren October 2014
Laura Greenberg, from left, Megan Sutton Reed and Susan Plank. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Kathryn and Ian Fay, from left, with Kimberly Miller at the SPA luncheon with Lauren Bush Lauren October 2014
Kathryn and Ian Fay, from left, with Kimberly Miller. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Gina Bhatia, from left, Milton Townsend and Mary D'Andrea at the SPA luncheon with Lauren Bush Lauren October 2014
Gina Bhatia, from left, Milton Townsend and Mary D'Andrea. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Elizabeth Vail and Ceron at the SPA luncheon with Lauren Bush Lauren October 2014
Elizabeth Vail and Cerón. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Chree Bodystun, left, and Janiece Longoria at the SPA luncheon with Lauren Bush Lauren October 2014
Chree Bodystun, left, and Janiece Longoria. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Neil Bush and Lauren Bush Lauren at the SPA luncheon with Lauren Bush Lauren October 2014
Michael and Melissa Mithoff at the SPA luncheon with Lauren Bush Lauren October 2014
Mark Wawro and Melanie Gray at the SPA luncheon with Lauren Bush Lauren October 2014
Liz Glanville, left, and Chris Goins at the SPA luncheon with Lauren Bush Lauren October 2014
June Christensen, from left, Lauren Bush Lauren and Mark and Christie Sullivan at the SPA luncheon with Lauren Bush Lauren October 2014
Phoebe Tudor, left, and Lindley Arnoldy at the SPA luncheon with Lauren Bush Lauren October 2014
Ron Mafridge, left, and Don Mafridge at the SPA luncheon with Lauren Bush Lauren October 2014
Terri and John Havens at the SPA luncheon with Lauren Bush Lauren October 2014
Lori Clemmons, from left, Eileen Lawal and Regina Rogers at the SPA luncheon with Lauren Bush Lauren October 2014
Laura Greenberg, from left, Megan Sutton Reed and Susan Plank at the SPA luncheon with Lauren Bush Lauren October 2014
Kathryn and Ian Fay, from left, with Kimberly Miller at the SPA luncheon with Lauren Bush Lauren October 2014
Gina Bhatia, from left, Milton Townsend and Mary D'Andrea at the SPA luncheon with Lauren Bush Lauren October 2014
Elizabeth Vail and Ceron at the SPA luncheon with Lauren Bush Lauren October 2014
Chree Bodystun, left, and Janiece Longoria at the SPA luncheon with Lauren Bush Lauren October 2014

The Society for the Performing Arts set the stage for another artful season, drawing a stellar crowd to its annual luncheon, which raised more than $200,000. Keynote speaker Lauren Bush Lauren added a lovely local touch to the event, keeping the tears at bay when asked about her family, including President George H. Bush and Barbara Bush, and sharing the latest news of her FEED organization.

 "I don’t get here to Houston enough, so it’s good to be home.” 

More than 300 gathered on the Jones Hall stage for the luncheon chaired by Christie Sullivan, who presented Mark Wawro and Melanie Gray with the 2014 Ann Sakowitz Performing Arts Advocate Award. The husband and wife team humbly accepted the honor, reminding the crowd of the importance of sharing the arts experience with 70,000 children every year.

Over lunch by Jackson and Company, Lauren spoke about the current FEED Supper project, happening through Oct. 16. The initiative asks people to gather for a meal and make a donation to FEED, with the goal of donating one million meals by World Food Day. Lauren’s father Neil Bush and his wife Maria hosted a FEED Supper at their home Wednesday in support of the cause. Lauren also revealed an upcoming collaboration between FEED and home accessories and furniture retailer West Elm.

As passionate at Lauren is about FEED, it was a question from the crowd about her family that moved her the most, saying she was blessed to be living in her family’s example.

“You are going to make me cry,” Lauren said. “My Dad and Maria are so supportive. I don’t get here to Houston enough, so it’s good to be home.”

She also spoke about her grandparents, saying her grandfather was a good balance to her grandmother. “She definitely has her own opinions. She’s a little more feisty,” Lauren said.

The crowd of SPA supporters included honorary chair Melissa MithoffJune Christensen, Chree Boydstun, Eileen Lawal, Janiece Longoria, Lora Clemmons, Phoebe Tudor, Patty Tilton, Mimi Lloyd, Norah Adams, Micki Norton and Sharon Adams.

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