HOUSTON (May 11, 2016) – 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.




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 www.imgh.org.