HOUSTON (Feb. 5, 2016) – Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston’s (IM) popular event, the Best Friends Brunch, attracted nearly 300 guests to Hotel ZaZa on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016.

IM raised more than $112,000 at the brunch, which is main source of funding for aniMeals on Wheels, a program that provides much-needed food for dogs and cats belonging to IM’s Meals on Wheels seniors.

“Our Best Friends Brunch gets bigger every year,” said Martin B. Cominsky, IM President & CEO. “This growing success is a testament to how much Houstonians love pets and want to help our homebound seniors care for their beloved dogs and cats.”

Guests at the champagne brunch included honoree Leisa Holland-Nelson, the 2016 aniMeals on Wheels Champion; brunch chairs Laura Max Rose and Ben Rose; co-chairs Kristy Phillips and Wendy Phillips; Philamena and Arthur Baird; Dr. Franklin Rose; Susan Boggio; IM Board Members Bret Baccus, Mary Gwen Hulsey and Dr. Fatima Mawji; and, Steven and Debra Costello. Channel 13 meteorologist Casey Curry served as emcee.

More than 570 homebound seniors are enrolled in IM’s aniMEALS on Wheels program. Each month, volunteers distribute more than 8,000 pounds of food to more than 1,200 pets, who provide valuable company and love to their senior companions. Studies show pets can enhance the lives of seniors, improving their physical and mental health, while reducing trips to the doctor.

Donations and volunteers for IM’s aniMeals on Wheels program are always needed. To learn more, visit

A United Way agency, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (IM) brings people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration and service. IM provides four main services including Meals on Wheels for Greater Houston which delivers more than one million meals each year to seniors in Harris county; Refugee Services which, in conjunction with the U.S. State Department, resettles hundreds of refugees in Houston each year; Office of Disaster Preparedness and Response (ODPR) which facilitates communication on behalf of Houston’s faith communities during relief and recovery efforts and; Interfaith Relations which provides a safe harbor for greater Houston through its many interfaith programs and dialogue efforts. More information can be found at