An intimate performance by The Suffers thrilled guests at the annual benefit for the Houston-based non-profit Susie Bean Gives, held at the Memorial-area home of Dr. Layla Salek and her husband Walter Salek. The popular Houston band flew home in between tour dates to perform at the fundraiser for the organization that provides expenses and services to families with children with autism and mental illness in Texas and the surrounding areas.
The Saleks underwrote the evening's expenses, so that 100 percent of the funds raised go directly to families in need. The evening also boasted spectacular pieces by artist Matt Duffin for sale, with proceeds benefiting the organization.
"As a behaviorist and the daughter of mental illness, I understand there are millions of families needing support, information, medication, behavioral therapy, counseling, health insurance, and respite care for their children living with various behavior disorders,” Dr. Salek said.
Showing their support were Clerenda McGrady, Shannon Hall, Marianne Martens Bruvel, Katherine Phelps, Stuart Rosenberg, Courtney Hopson, Lutfi Rukab, Khaled Salem, and board members Holly Waltrip, who attended with her husband Mike Long, Gina Gaston, Vanessa Sobers, James Hedleston, Danette Adelson, Dr. Gustavo Ayala, and Tiffany Smith who attended with her husband, Houston Texans’ general manager Rick Smith.