The 14th Annual Spirit of Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show benefiting The Children's Assessment Center was held on Friday, April 5, 2013 at the Westin Galleria. This annual event inspired over 450 guests in attendance to stand up for child victims of sexual abuse and help protect the children of our community. The event raised over $350,000 for programs and services provided by The Children's Assessment Center.
Outstanding event chairs Ursaline Hamilton, Stephanie Perkins and Megan Sutton-Reed planned a delightful afternoon for all in attendance. Amazing luncheon committee members also contributing to the success of the event included Jill Schlenker, Alissa Maples, Bruce Padilla and Susan Plank. The fashions for this year’s show were provided by Saks Fifth Avenue. The runway was filled with splashes of vibrant color that left everyone ready to shop for spring’s hottest trends.
The afternoon included a moving testimony from Erin Merryn, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Ms. Merryn spoke about her own life experience and how she found hope and healing through her local advocacy center and stressed the importance of recognizing the signs and symptoms of sexual abuse in children.
Gina Gaston joined as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the day and Stephen Lewis served as the Auctioneer. Stunning Sylva & Cie earrings donated by Paul Carter Jewels were auctioned, along with an Aspen Week-Long Escape donated by Stephanie and Bill Perkins. The final Live Auction item drew much excitement from the luncheon crowd as guests bid on seats at dinner with Olympic Legend Michael Phelps.
This year’s Premier Underwriter was Laura and John Arnold and Major Underwriter was Leslie Alexander and The Houston Rockets. Special thanks also to Underwriters: CenterPoint Energy, Darla Lexington, Stephanie and Bill Perkins and The Sutton Foundation.
CAC Foundation Board of Directors members in attendance included Mark Anderson, Paulette Arana, Susan Boggio, Brady Crosswell, Yolanda Green, Marta Mattox, Kim Moody, and Pily Simón. Others present were CAC Executive Director Elaine Stolte, Ericka Bagwell, Diane Caplan, Amy M. Lee, Lucinda Loya, Elizabeth Petersen, Phyllis Williams, Merele Yarborough and Harris County District Attorney Mike Anderson.