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Click here to view the photos from Pillars of Strength taken by Daniel Ortiz.

Family Houston held their annual luncheon, Pillars of Strength, on Wednesday, May 1, at the Briar Club. The luncheon opened with an invocation by the children of San Francisco Nativity Academy, a non-tuition based independent private school serving exclusively low-income students and families. The event emcee, Bob Harvey, from the greater Houston partnership, amped up the crowd and helped Family Houston raise over $15,000 during the event!

The highlight of the event was the client speaker, Jennifer, who bravely spoke of her tribulations and the immense progress she has made with help from her Family Houston counselor. Following the client testimonial, the featured speaker, the Honorable Mayor Annise Parker, spoke about the important role each of us play in making our community better.

The honoree was Laura Jaramillo, Senior Vice President of Community Relations at Wells Fargo, in recognition of her continuous dedication to this community which can be seen by her extensive board service and volunteerism. She currently serves on the boards of the Holocaust Museum Houston, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the Greater Houston Community Foundation, and the City of Houston’s Office of Business Opportunity Advisory Board as well as various task forces and committees.

The luncheon’s primary focus was to bring awareness to the multitude of services Family Houston offers the Houston community. Family Houston’s mission is to create a stronger community for tomorrow by helping individuals and families meet the challenges they face today. The event raised over $160,000 with nearly 300 attendees. The event was chaired by Bill Gordon, partner in King & Spalding’s Trial and Global Disputes practice group in their Houston office. Top sponsors were Revenew International/Traci and Kris Westbrook and Debbie and Stephen Costello. Family Houston wants to thank everyone who supported the event to make it a success.

Thank you to our 2019 Pillars of Strength Sponsors!


Revenew International/Traci and Kris Westbrook


Debbie and Stephen Costello


BDO USA, LLP/Ron Martin
Jill and Bill Carter
Bill Gordon
Gene Graham
John P. McGovern Foundation


First Tennessee Bank/Jackson Walker, LLP
Lisa and David Pitts
Sequitur Energy Resources
Mr. and Mrs. David M. Underwood, Jr./
Chilton Capital Management, LLC


Briggs and Veselka CPA’s and Business Advisors
Carrizo Oil and Gas
Maria and Gary Daugherty
Catherine and Joseph Garcia-Prats
Deborah and Clyde Grabein
Hispanic Bar Association of Houston
JoAnn Lee
Legacy Community Health
Merrill Lynch/Dion Hobbs
Prosperity Bank

Julie Shochat
Taghi Family / Alex Taghi
Kathryn A. Underhill

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