INTERFAITH MINISTRIES FOR GREATER HOUSTON

HONORS SHELL OIL COMPANY

HOUSTON (May 5, 2017) – Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (IM) was proud to honor Shell Oil Company at its ninth annual Tapestry Gala, held May 3, 2017. Close to $550,000 was generated by the festive evening, which celebrated Shell’s philanthropic efforts in the community and Houston’s great diversity in cultures, ethnicities and faith traditions.

More than 500 guests were on hand at the Hilton Americas-Houston to recognize Shell and to support IM’s many programs including Meals on Wheels/aniMeals, refugee resettlement and interfaith relations.

“IM was deeply honored to recognize Shell for its generous contributions and deep commitment to the Houston community,” said Martin B. Cominsky, IM’s President and CEO. “Shell is a valued partner of IM. It has been one of the lead sponsors of Meals on Wheels for years and Shell employees are stalwart volunteers in our program to feed more than 4,000 homebound seniors each weekday.”

The evening included a shared prayer from different faith leaders, as well as musical selections representing different faith traditions. It concluded with the presentation of the 2017 Tapestry Award to by Houston City Mayor Sylvester Turner to Scott Ballard, Shell’s Executive Vice President for Human Resources.

This year’s honorary chairs were Philamena Baird, IM Board Member Swatantra Jain and IM Board Chair Paula Sutton. Lisa Malosky served as the evening’s emcee.

The evenings guests included: Shell EVP Scott Ballard, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Houston City Mayor Sylvester Turner, Cindy and John Kellum, Paula Sutton and Bill Gross, Philamena and Arthur Baird, Bimla and Swatantra Jain, Karyn and Charles Crisp, Susan and Dan Boggio, Sippi and Ajay Khurana, Brigitte and Bashar Kalai, Houston City Councilmembers Amanda Edwards, Steve Le, Mike Laster and Robert Gallegos, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and 2016 Tapestry Gala honorees Lily and Charles Foster.

INTERFAITH MINISTRIES FOR GREATER HOUSTON HONORS LILY AND CHARLES FOSTER

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (IM) was pleased to honor Lily and Charles Foster at its eighth annual Tapestry Gala, held May 5, 2016. More than $560,000 was generated by the festive evening, which celebrated Houston’s great diversity in cultures, ethnicities and faith traditions.

Close to 600 guests were on hand at the Hilton Americas-Houston to recognize the Fosters and to support IM’s many programs including Meals on Wheels/aniMeals, refugee resettlement and interfaith relations.

“We wanted the program’s music and visuals to capture the many cultures that make Houston such a wonderfully diverse city, as well as the important work IM does in the community,” said Martin B. Cominsky, IM’s President and CEO. “The support that IM received from our gala guests shows that they value this diversity and want to work together.”

The evening included a shared prayer from six different faiths, as well as musical selections representing different faith traditions. It concluded with the presentation of the 2016 Tapestry Award to the Fosters by long-time friend Susan Baker. The award recognizes community leaders who have shown remarkable dignity through tangible work for the betterment of Houston and the world. A noted immigration attorney, Foster serves as Honorary Consul General of the Kingdom of Thailand in Houston and is the former Chairman of the Board for IM. Lily Foster is an accomplished actress and community activist.

This year’s honorary chairs were Secretary and Mrs. James A. Baker, III. The gala’s co-chairs were: Honorary Consul General and Mrs. Phillip Aronoff; Mr. and Mrs. Shahzad Bashir; Mr. and Mrs. Alan Crain; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Everett; Mr. and Mrs. David B. Jones; and Mr. Bill King.

Major event sponsors included: Shell Oil Company & Motiva Enterprises, Stewart & Stevenson, The Zandstra Family, Deutser, Karyn & Charles Crisp, Plains All American Pipeline, and Kroger.

Other guests at the event included Susan and Dan Boggio, Regina Rogers, Jim and Jo Furr; Philamena and Arthur Baird; Lynda Chin and Ronald DePinho; Bob and Gayle Eury; Alyson and Elliot Gershenson; Selma and Mustafa Tameez; Judy Jeng; Paula Sutton and Bill Gross; Nihala and Shaukat Zakaria; Sushma and Devinder Mahajan; Cindy and John Kellum; Mani Subramanian, Shaista and Shahzad Bashir; Ann and Kenny Friedman; Bimla and Swatantra Jain; Shahin Tavackoli and Nadia Tajalli; Karen and Jay Harberg; and Susan and David Morris.

See the Tapestry Gala Tribute Video

INTERFAITH MINISTRIES FOR GREATER HOUSTON HOSTS SUCCESSFUL ANNUAL TAPESTRY GALA

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston held its seventh annual Tapestry Gala on May 21 at the Hilton Americas Houston and raised $950,000. The event celebrated Houston’s great diversity in cultures, ethnicities and faith traditions with guests of different religions, many wearing traditional ethnic clothing. The evening raised funds for the organization’s many services with Shell Oil Company and Motiva Enterprises LLC leading the way as Presenting Sponsor.

The Tapestry Gala was chaired by Paula Sutton and Bill Gross, Karen and Jay Harberg and Leena and Ash Shah with honorary chairs Anne and John Mendelsohn, M.D. The evening honored Dr. Sushma and Devinder Mahajan with the Tapestry Award, which recognizes community leaders who have shown remarkable dignity through tangible work for the betterment of Houston and the world.

The evening also celebrated Elliot Gershenson, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston’s, president and CEO with a touching retirement tribute given by Bill King and Fraizer Wilson, Vice President of Shell Oil Company Foundation.

Mistress of Ceremonies Meena Datt welcomed more than 750 friends of Interfaith Ministries including, Lily and Charles Foster, Philamena Baird, Neda Ladjevardian, Harry and Marian Tindall, Diana Untermeyer, Regina Rogers, Ambassador Arthur Schechter, Fred and Kay Zeidman, Counsulate General of India Parvathaneni Harish, Reverend Bill Lawson, and Marie Bosarge.

Guests entered the ballroom adorned with lavender hydrangeas and peach roses generously donated by Kroger and arranged with crystal and candle centerpieces by Darryl and Company. The evening consisted of a fabulous four course dinner of traditional Indian fare and beautiful program celebrating diversity with a number of performances including violinist Achron Gabriel Maffuz-Anker, vocal pieces by Kenneth Gayle Productions, as well as Bollywood dancing by DAV Montessori School and Infused Performing Arts.

The event benefited Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, a non-profit organization that brings people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration and service. The organization provides four main services to the Houston area: Meals on Wheels for Greater Houston, Refugee Services, Disaster Preparedness and Interfaith Dialogue.

INTERFAITH MINISTRIES FOR GREATER HOUSTON HOSTS ANNUAL TAPESTRY GALA

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston held its sixth annual Tapestry Gala on May 8 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston. The event celebrated Houston’s great diversity in cultures, ethnicities and faith traditions with guests of many different religions mingling together, some wearing traditional ethnic clothing. The evening raised funds for the organization’s many programs with Shell Oil Company and Motiva Enterprises LLC leading the way as Presenting Sponsor.

The Tapestry Gala was chaired by Dr. Dina al Sowayel and Tony Chase, Molly and Jim Crownover, and Jeri and Marc Shapiro with honorary chairs Marie and Vijay Goradia. The evening honored Anne and John Mendelsohn, MD with the Tapestry Award, which recognizes community leaders who have shown remarkable dignity through tangible work for the betterment of Houston and the world. Andrea White presented the award to the deserving couple after a beautiful video tribute.

Board Chair Charles Foster welcomed more than 500 friends of Interfaith Ministries including, Shaista and Shahzad Bashir, Ginger Blanton, Bill and Jo Breetz, Jan Duncan, Lily Foster, Bill King, Regina Rogers, Ambassador Arthur Schechter, Governor Mark and Linda Gale White, Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel and Fred Zeidman.

The evening also celebrated the 2014 class of iLead, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston’s premier interfaith youth leadership program. Thirteen high school students joined classmate John Kinsella on stage as he spoke eloquently about how the interfaith program changed his views on the world.

Guests entered the ballroom and were immediately enthralled by thousands of deep red roses generously donated by Kroger and arranged with gold, crystal and candle centerpieces by Todd Events. The evening consisted of a fabulous four course dinner and beautiful program celebrating diversity with a number of musical performances provided by Kenneth Gayle Productions, AMP’D Strings Quartet and Rodney Waters. Len Cannon presided over the event as the Master of Ceremonies.

The event benefited Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, a non-profit organization that brings people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration and service. The organization provides four main services to the Houston area: Meals on Wheels for Greater Houston, Refugee Services, Disaster Preparedness and Interfaith Dialogue.

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston’s 2013 Tapestry Gala A Great Success

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston held its fifth annual Tapestry Gala on May 9 at the Hilton Americas Houston. The event honored Marie and Vijay Goradia with the Tapestry Award, an honor that recognizes community leaders who have shown remarkable dignity through tangible work for the betterment of Houston and the world. The event raised more than $900,000 for Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston with Shell Oil Company and Motiva Enterprises LLC leading the way as Presenting Sponsor of the event.

The Tapestry Gala was chaired by Shazma and Arshad Matin and Paula Sutton and Bill Gross with Honorary Chairs Shaista and Shahzad Bashir. During the evening, Revered Dr. L. James Bankston, a senior board member, was presented with a special tribute by Bill King for his years of service to Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston.

More than 700 people, with notables, Philamena and Arthur Baird, Neda Ladjevardian, Charles Foster, Joyce and Ambassador Arthur Schechter, Aziz Jamaluddin, David and Kim Ruth, Bruce Padilla, Bimla and Swatantra Jain, Leena and Ash Shah, Ambassador Chase Untermeyer, Bill Goldberg, Frank Amsler, Regina Rogers, Sherry and Gerland Merfish, Kay and Fred Zeidman attended the gala which celebrated Houston’s great diversity in cultures, ethnicities and faith traditions.

Guests entered the Americas Ballroom adorned with bright red and orange roses with blue hydrangeas by Darryl & Co. The evening consisted of a fabulous four course dinner and beautiful program celebrating diversity with a number of musical performances provided by Kenneth Gayle Productions. Lisa Malosky presided over the event as the Master of Ceremonies.

The event benefited Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, a non-profit organization that brings people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration and service. The organization provides four main services to the Houston area: Meals on Wheels for Greater Houston, Refugee Services, Disaster Preparedness and Interfaith Dialogue.

Interfaith Ministries 2013 Tapestry Gala

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston’s 2012 Tapestry Gala A Record Breaking Success

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston held its fourth annual Tapestry Gala on May 3 at the Hilton Americas Houston. The event honored Shahzad Bashir with the Tapestry Award, an honor that recognizes community leaders who have shown remarkable dignity through tangible work for the betterment of Houston and the world. The event was chaired by Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick, Ann and J. Kent Friedman and Jasmeeta and Bobby Singh. Breaking previous Tapestry Gala records, the event raised more than $1,000,000. Shell Oil Company and Motiva Enterprises LLC led the way as Presenting Sponsor of the event.

More than 700 people, with notables, Nancy and Scott Atlas, Jim Daniel and Margaret Alkek Williams, Aziz Jamaluddin, Philamena and Arthur Baird, Neda Ladjevardian and Bill King, Lily and Charles Foster, Ileana and Michael Trevino, Beth Wolff, Ambassador Arthur Schechter, and Consul General of Pakistan, Muhammad Aqil Naseem attended the gala, which celebrated Houston’s great diversity in cultures, ethnicities and faith traditions. This year was no exception, as the organization honored its first Muslim member of the community, while the event chairs represented three different religions: Christian, Jewish and Sikh.

Guests entered the Americas Ballroom adorned with bright red and orange roses with fushia peonies burgundy and gold décor by Darryl & Co. The evening consisted of a fabulous four course dinner and beautiful program celebrating diversity with a number of musical performances provided by Kenneth Gayle Productions. A chai tea reception was held afterwards, generously hosted by the Hilton Americas.

The event benefited Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, a non-profit organization that brings people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration and service. The organization provides four main services to the Houston area: Meals on Wheels for Greater Houston, Refugee Services, Disaster Preparedness and Interfaith Dialogue.

Interfaith Ministries 2012 Tapestry Gala

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston held its third annual Tapestry Gala on May 3 at the Hilton Americas Houston. The event was chaired by Philamena and Arthur Baird and honorary chairs Jan Duncan and Peggy and Bill Barnett. Breaking previous Tapestry Gala records, the event raised more than $875,000. Shell Oil Company and Motiva Enterprises LLC led the way as Presenting Sponsor of the event.

More than 700 people attended the gala which celebrated Houston’s great diversity in cultures, ethnicities and faith traditions. Guests entered the Grand Ballroom adorned with hot pink and orange roses, green hydrangea, pink coral peonies and gold décor by Darryl & Co. The evening consisted of a fabulous four course dinner and beautiful program celebrating diversity with a number of musical performances provided by Kenneth Gayle Productions. A coffee reception was held afterwards, generously hosted by Matthew Finnan and the Hilton Americas.

The evening honored Ambassador Arthur Schechter and The Honorable Fred Zeidman. Mayor Annise Parker and Judge Ed Emmett presented the Tapestry Award to the honorees, an honor that recognizes community leaders who have shown remarkable dignity through tangible work for the betterment of Houston and the world. Additionally, Lester Smith presented a special tribute to Rabbi Roy Walter, a lifetime board member, for his years of service to Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston.

The event benefited Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, a non-profit organization that brings people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration and service. The organization provides four main services to the Houston area: Meals on Wheels for Greater Houston, Refugee Services, Disaster Preparedness and Interfaith Dialogue.

Interfaith Ministries 2011 Tapestry Gala

You can view more photos from the event at our flickr page.

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston held its second annual Tapestry Gala on May 6 at the Hilton Americas. The event was chaired by Philamena and Arthur Baird and honorary chairs Peggy and Bill Barnett. With record attendance, the event raised more than $600,000 and counting.

Approximately 800 people attended the gala which celebrated Houston’s great diversity in cultures, ethnicities and faith traditions. Guests entered the Grand Ballroom adorned with roses, coral peonies, and orange tulips, lily grass and feather fern, and gold décor by Darryl & Co. The evening consisted of a fabulous four course dinner and beautiful program celebrating diversity with a number of musical performances provided by Kenneth Gayle Productions. A coffee reception was held afterwards, generously hosted by Paul-David Van Atta.

The evening honored Jan and Dan Duncan with a touching tribute to the life and giving spirit of Dan Duncan. Jan Duncan accepted the Tapestry Award, an honor that recognizes community leaders who have shown remarkable dignity through tangible work for the betterment of Houston and the world.

The event benefited Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, a non-profit organization that brings people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration and service. The organization provides four main services to the Houston area: Meals on Wheels for Greater Houston, Refugee Resettlement Services, Disaster Preparedness and Interfaith Dialogue.

Interfaith Ministries 2010 Tapestry Gala