BEST FRIENDS BRUNCH WAS TAIL-WAGGING SUCCESS
HOUSTON (FEB. 15, 2017) – Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston’s Best Friends Brunch drew more than 200 people and plenty of pups to Hotel ZaZa, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017.
IM raised more than $100,000 from the brunch, which is a 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. This year’s brunch honored Jerri Duddlesten Moore, along with her dog Armi. Heather Holland chaired the event, and Neal Hamil and Karen Winston served as Honorary Chairs. The top sponsors for the event were Linda and Fred Marshall, along with Susan and Dan Boggio and Don Sanders.
“It’s always fun to celebrate aniMeals on Wheels with our four-legged friends,” said Martin B. Cominsky, IM’s President & CEO. “We are so grateful that we have such wonderful and enthusiastic support from the community for this program. And we know our seniors are grateful to be able to provide for their cherished pets.”
This year’s brunch featured a doggie fashion show, cat video contest and a silent auction that included sports memorabilia donated by Alan Helfman of River Oaks Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, a Billy Gibbons autographed guitar donated by Kristy Phillips and a vacation getaway to The Pelican Reef Villas in Belize donated by Teena Davis.
Guests at the champagne brunch included: Jim Moore, Diane Lokey Farb, Dee Dee Dochen, Wendy Phillips, Kristy Phillips, Nadia Tajalli, Miya Shay, Frank Billingsley, and IM Board Members, Bret Baccus, Charlene Chuang, Debra Garner, Jay Harberg, Mani Subramanian and Paula Sutton. ABC-13 meteorologist Casey Curry served as emcee.
More than 600 homebound seniors are enrolled in aniMeals on Wheels program. Each month, volunteers distribute more than 9,000 pounds of food to more than 1,000 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.
ABOUT INTERFAITH MINISTRIES FOR GREATER HOUSTON
A United Way agency, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (IM) brings people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration and service, as a demonstration of our shared beliefs. IM provides three main services: Meals on Wheels for Greater Houston which delivers more than 1.5 million meals each year to seniors in Harris and Galveston Counties; Refugee Services which, in conjunction with the U.S. State Department, resettles thousands of refugees in Houston; and, Interfaith Relations, which provides community services fostering understanding, respect and engagement among Houstonians of all faiths. For more information, visit www.imgh.org.