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2021 Fall Friends Luncheon

Friends Uniting to Feed Our Littlest Neighbors!

On Wednesday October 27th, 2021, L.I.F.E. Houston held its 2021 Fall Friends Luncheon at the Junior League of Houston.

This joyous event not only raised awareness about infant food security but also raised nearly $150,000 to help provide free emergency infant formula to new families throughout our community. We truly enjoyed seeing some of our closest friends in person for the first time since 2019.

This incredible event was chaired by John R. Pitts, a founding board member - and longtime supporter - of L.I.F.E. Houston. The invocation was given by The Very Reverend Barkley Thompson of Christ Church Cathedral before lunch was served.

During the luncheon, L.I.F.E. Houston's Executive Director Clara Cooper and Board President Kavon Young, MD presented the Community LIFE-Line Award to well-deserving organizations who went above and beyond to ensure that we filled as many bottles and fed as many babies as possible.

L.I.F.E. Houston was grateful to recognize four amazing partners for their significant support and important work during the COVID-19 pandemic:

The Church of St. John the Divine

Houston Health Department

Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church

RSM US LLP Houston

Our four honorees ensured that L.I.F.E. Houston provided uninterrupted service to our clients and could continue throughout the coronavirus pandemic, helping us feed an unprecedented 5,189 babies in 2020.

Guest enjoyed a keynote address from Stephen L. Klineberg, PhD, Founding Director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research and Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Rice University. Dr. Klineberg captivated the audience with his address on the impact of demographic changes on our city and its families.

After lunch and Dr. Klineberg's address, the Emcee Johnny 'Bravo' Holloway of Johnny Bravo Entertainment led a rousing live auction.

Two lucky winners competed for the highest bid to enjoy a private multi-course dinner in their homes with one of Houston's best young chefs, Kate McLean. As the former executive chef at Tony's, Kate is sure to make this multi-course dinner for six an unforgettable dining experience.

Our other live auction item - the Ultimate Houston Sports Package - includes tickets to see the Astros and the Texans, along with some amazing Houston sports memorabilia, perfect for the ultimate Houston sports fan!

The silent auction featured stays at the Houston Omni Hotel Galleria, the Tremont House in Galveston, Fredericksburg, and a beachfront home in Galveston. The top-selling package was a wide variety of whiskeys, many of which are unavailable in stores. We also featured tea and coffee packages from UENDURE Tea and Java Pura Coffee; some self-care treats from The Motherhood Center and Beautique; and gift cards from Giacomo's Cibo e Vino, Roma Italian Eatery, Niko Niko's, and Seasons 52.

We thank our underwriter and our friends for all their support and we look forward to seeing you next year on October 26, 2022!!

2021 Luncheon Underwriters

Friends in High Places - $10,000

The Paul and Marian Cones Charitable Fund

Teal Holden / Memorial Hermann Health System

John and Bain Pitts

That's What Friends Are For - $7,500

Chris and Leigh Joseph

RSM US LLP / Tommy & Connie Wright

BFF - $5,000

Frost Bank

Dr. Justin and Becky Gregg

Hildebrand Foundation

The Howell Fund

Farzaneh Jafarinosar and Amad Owidi

Gary Pearson / Jim and Gina Pearson

Gayle and Jim Shadowens

Truist Wealth and Gloria & Nick Ryan


JC and August Al-Uqdah / Clara Brown Cooper

Community Health Choice


Judy M. and Steven K. Howell

Dustin and Leslie Hunt / IMG Financial Group, Inc.

Frances and Rick Jeter

Alice and Frank McWilliams

Porter Hedges LLP

Dr. Kavon Young / El Centro de Corazon



Alissa Bowers

Pierce and Sarabeth Bush

Karen Craig

The Crain Foundation

Dr. Lucy Kormier

Sabrina and Ralph Midkiff

2021 Luncheon Host Committee

JC & August Al-Uqdah Nicole Browning Pierce & Sara Beth Bush Clara Cooper Karen Craig Niculin Herz Teal Holden Dustin & Leslie Hunt Erika Jones Chris & Leigh Joseph Ralph & Sabrina Midkiff Robin Oloyede Gary Pearson Jim & Gina Pearson Kristin Pearson John & Bain Pitts Gloria & Nick Ryan Jim & Gayle Shadowens Tommy & Connie Wright Kavon Young

Clara B. Cooper

Executive Director

Leah Roberts

Development Coordinator

Thank you to our Auction Donors

JC & August Al-Uqdah


Bellaire Nature Center

Crayola Experience

Desert Door

Duchman Family Winery

Giacomo's Cibe e Vino

The Grand 1894 Opera House

Gulf Coast Distillers

Dustin Hunt

IMG Financial Group, Inc.

Java Pura

Maida's Belts & Buckles

Kate McLean

Kolache Factory

The Menil Collection

Messina Hof Winery

Michael Martinez Fine Portraits

The Motherhood Center

The Center

Niko Niko's

The Omni Hotel Houston Galleria

Gary Pearson

Kristin Pearson

ROMA Italian Eatery

Saint Arnold

San Antonio Zoo

Seasons 52


The Tremont House

True Anomaly

Uchi / Uchiko

UENDURE Tea Company

Vicky Wight

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