Trees of Hope

Trees of Hope gala ushers in holiday season and paddles up big bucks for Star of Hope

Trees of Hope gala ushers in holiday season and paddles up big bucks

Vivian Wise, Trees of Hope gala, Nov. 2016
Vivian Wise. Photo by Dave Rossman
Houston, Trees of Hope gala, Nov. 2016, Donna Grehn, Lynn Wyatt, Sharon Schwartz
Donna Grehn, Lynn Wyatt, Sharon Schwartz. Photo by Dave Rossman
Houston, Trees of Hope gala, Nov. 2016, Phyllis Caldwell, Barry Caldwell
Phyllis Caldwell, Barry Caldwell. Photo by Dave Rossman
Houston, Trees of Hope gala, Nov. 2016, Melissa Holton
Melissa Holton. Photo by Dave Rossman
Houston, Trees of Hope gala, Nov. 2016, Steve Jones, Laura Jones, Viviana Denechaud, David Denechaud
Steve Jones, Laura Jones, Viviana Denechaud, David Denechaud. Photo by Dave Rossman
Lisa and John Stoika, Trees of Hope Gala honorees
Lisa Stoika, John Stoika. Photo by Dave Rossman
Houston, Trees of Hope gala, Nov. 2016, Heather Holmes, Richard Holmes
Heather Holmes, Richard Holmes. Photo by Dave Rossman
Vivian Wise, Trees of Hope gala, Nov. 2016
Houston, Trees of Hope gala, Nov. 2016, Donna Grehn, Lynn Wyatt, Sharon Schwartz
Houston, Trees of Hope gala, Nov. 2016, Phyllis Caldwell, Barry Caldwell
Houston, Trees of Hope gala, Nov. 2016, Melissa Holton
Houston, Trees of Hope gala, Nov. 2016, Steve Jones, Laura Jones, Viviana Denechaud, David Denechaud
Lisa and John Stoika, Trees of Hope Gala honorees
Houston, Trees of Hope gala, Nov. 2016, Heather Holmes, Richard Holmes

Trees of Hope feted the festive season with its 27th annual holiday gala at the Citadel on Kirby. The black-tie event drew a crowd of over 350 patrons, including honorary chair Lynn Wyatt and gala co-chairs Donna Grehn and Sharon Schwartz.

The sparkling affair featured dozens of brightly decorated trees, including one created by renowned Dallas designer Billy Milner and donated by Heart of Fashion founder Vivian Wise. What’s more, the lively evening featured music by the David Caceres Band and an auction that broke an organizational record, raising nearly $100,000 in paddles-up donations alone.

Trees of Hope president Laura Jones paid tribute to the night’s honorees Lisa and John Stoika, and Harvest Point Fellowship Church pastor Lawrence Scott, a former child resident of Star of Hope homeless shelter, stirred the audience with his own family’s story of transformation.

In total, the grand gala raised more than $600,000 for Trees of Hope to improve the lives of homeless children at Houston’s Star of Hope.

Distinguished attendees included Star of Hope board chairman Reid Smith and wife Sandra, Star of Hope president and CEO Hank Rush, Lori and Chip Johnson, Robin and Danny Klaes, Bill and Courtney Toomey, Carmen and Butch Mach, Phyliss and Barry Caldwell, Heather and Richard Holmes, Steve Jones, Beth Muecke, and Lesha and Tom Elsenbrook. 

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