Autism Rescue Angels’ Fall Luncheon Surpasses Goals
By Jennifer Roosth Photography by Priscilla Dickson
THE SCENE: Over 200 guests gathered at the Houston Racquet Club for Autism Rescue Angels’ fall luncheon. Co-founders Lisa Graham-Garza and Penny Khuri both mothers of autistic children, welcomed the crowd and introduced honorary chair Carolyn Farb who has mentored the organization since its founding in 2014. Autism Rescue Angels provides financial assistance and resources to families raising children on the autism spectrum.
THE VIBE: The vibe of the event was profoundly moving as it raised funds and voices for Autism families. The entire event cost was underwritten by a “friend of the non-profit.” “Autism is the fastest growing disability in the U.S., yet it receives the least funding,” said Graham-Garza. “We know firsthand the struggles of raising children on the autism spectrum, and we are deeply grateful to our sponsors and donors who allow us to support other families struggling with this disability.” Estella and Randy Hale, recipients of Autism Rescue Angels support, gave a moving and inspiring speech about raising three children on the autism spectrum.
THE CAUSE: While there was no charge to attend, over $50,000 was raised from individual donors and sponsorships to support the non-profit’s mission to provide financial assistance to local Houston families raising children on the autism spectrum. Elaine Turner, a founding board member, donated a fabulous handbag from her new Fall collection as the door prize, and students from the Best Buddies Club at St Pius X High School volunteered their time to serve as event Ambassadors.