Spirit of Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show
18th Annual Spirit of Spring
Diane Caplan, Ericka Bagwell, and Ursaline Hamilton, Event Chairs
Rhonda and Michael Graff, Underwriting Chairs
The 18th Annual Spirit of Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show benefiting The Children's Assessment Center was held on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. Over 450 supporters helped $250,000 for programs that are critical to the healing of child victims of sexual abuse.
Outstanding Event Chairs Ericka Bagwell, Diane Caplan and Ursaline Hamilton and Underwriting Chairs Rhonda and Mike Graff planned a delightful afternoon with the perfect mix of fabulous spring and summer fashions coupled with a focus on the serious issue of child sexual abuse and how we as a community can better protect our children. Neiman Marcus presented The Art of Fashion with a special showing of Spring 2017 from Lafayette 148.
Rachel Thomas, a survivor of human trafficking, was the guest speaker and brought the crowd of over 450 to their feet as she shared her story of triumph over tragedy. Thomas, M. Ed., is the Director of Sowers Education Group where she and a team of educators sow seeds of sex trafficking awareness and survivor empowerment. The mission of Sowers Education Group is to prevent human trafficking and to help youth navigate in a media-driven society.
KPRC Anchor Rachel McNeill served as the dynamic Mistress of Ceremonies and Stephen Lewis served as Auctioneer for the de Boulle Live Auction jewelry piece - a pair of earrings by Oscar Heyman. The earrings were 18K Yellow Gold encrusted with Emeralds, Sapphires and Rubies.
Again, this year’s Signature Underwriter was Neiman Marcus. American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc. was the Underwriter. Those in attendance included Ericka Bagwell, Diane Caplan, Ursaline Hamilton, Rhonda and Michael Graff, Bob Devlin - Vice President General Manager of Neiman Marcus Houston, Kelley Lubanko, Kelli Weinzierl, Allison Flikerski, Lauren Maloy, Jordan Seff, Lucinda Loya, Martha Turner, Millette Sherman, Brandi Key, and Dot Cunningham. Others present were Congressman Ted Poe.