There aren't many couples in Houston that are more respected, more admired and more elegant than Lois and George Stark. So it was only fitting that the Anti-Defamation League recognized them with the 2012 Torch of Liberty Award at its annual dinner at the Westin Galleria Hotel.
Close to 650 guests applauded as honors were presented to the Starks by ADL board chair Rochelle Jacobsen. The applause rose again as Angela Blanchard, representing Neighborhood Centers Inc., accepted the Julie and Ben Rogers Ecumenism Award. Former Mayor Bill White and Andrea White presented that award.
The Whites served as co-chairs of the evening along with Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein and Martin Fein, Nancy and Neal Manne and Susan and Dick Stasney.
Contributing to the success of the evening that raised close to $700,000 were ADL regional director Martin Cominsky, speakers Bobby Singh and Ed Michel, and Anne and Dr. John Mendelsohn, David Chaumette, Y. Ping Sun and David Leebron, Renu and Suresh Khator, Joan and Stanford Alexander, Gregory Boyd and Peggy and Stephen Klineberg.