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Spirit of Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show

Spirit of Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show

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The Spirit of Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show is The CAC’s largest fundraising event each year.  This premier Houston luncheon has grown to be one of the most highly anticipated events to attend every spring.  The Spirit of Spring Luncheon includes a reception, auction, keynote speaker and showcases an incredible runway of spring fashions, all while helping to raise funds that directly support programs that The CAC offers to child victims of abuse.  The 15th Annual Spirit of Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show is set for April 17, 2014 at the Westin Galleria.  This year's event chairs are Tina Davis, Lidiya Gold, Denise Hazen and Yvette Webb.  We hope you will join us! 

Online Ticket Sales have closed.  Tickets may be purchased at the door on April 17th.

Sponsorship Opportunities and Benefits

 $50,000 Underwriter

  • Two premier runway tables for 10 – best seats at the event.
  • Recognition in all event mailings including the save the date, invitation and letters to potential sponsors. 
  • Prominent acknowledgement in all press releases.
  • Logo to be included on The CAC’s website and link to your website.
  • Special recognition in an email blast and social media.
  • Corporate signage in the Foyer and Ballroom.
  • Acknowledgement in the event program.
  • Complimentary valet parking for 20 guests.
  • Special recognition at the event.
  • Recognition at the 2014 Cherish the Child Awards Reception.

$25,000 Underwriter 

  • Two superb runway tables for 10.
  • Recognition in event mailings including the save the date and invitation.
  • Acknowledgement in all press releases.
  • Special recognition in an email blast and social media promotion.
  • Corporate signage in the Ballroom.
  • Acknowledgement in the event program.
  • Complimentary valet parking for 20 guests.
  • Special recognition at the event.

$15,000 Underwriter

  • One prominent table for 10 guests.
  • Recognition in event mailings including the save the date and invitation.
  • Acknowledgement in all press releases.
  • Special recognition in an email blast and social media promotion.
  • Corporate signage in the Ballroom.
  • Acknowledgement in the event program.
  • Special recognition at the event.

$10,000 Sponsor

  • One excellent table for 10 guests.
  • Recognition in the invitation and the event program.
  • Acknowledgement in all press releases.
  • Corporate signage in the Ballroom.
  • Special recognition at the event.

$5,000 Sponsor

  • One priority table for 10 guests.
  • Recognition in the invitation and the event program.
  • Corporate signage in the Ballroom.

$2,500 Sponsor

  • One reserved table for 10 guests.
  • Recognition in the invitation and the event program.

$175 Individual Ticket(s)

              (limited availability)

Print Program Deadline: April 3, 2014

14th Annual Spirit of Spring      

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Megan Sutton-Reed, Ursaline Hamilton, and Stephanie Perkins

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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. 

Special Thanks to our In-Kind Donors.  Click here to view these generous supporters!                       

13th Annual Spirit of Spring

Beautiful Journeys
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Diane Caplan, Elaine Stolte, Ashley Judd, and Nancy Golden
 
 
The Children’s Assessment Center, Houston’s advocacy center that serves child victims of sexual abuse in Harris County, is honored to announce they have raised $275,000 at their 13th Annual ‘Spirit of Spring’ Luncheon and Fashion Show, Beautiful Journeys, which took place April 4th at the InterContinental Hotel.  The event is The CAC’s largest fundraiser of the year, and featured a reception beginning at 11:00 a.m., followed by a seated luncheon and fashion show at 12:00 p.m. conducted by Neiman Marcus-Galleria.  Ken Downing, Senior Vice President and Fashion Director for Neiman Marcus, showcased his spring forecast of fashions to 500 of Houston’s finest.  Attendees were also in for a treat as award-winning actress and humanitarian, Ashley Judd, joined the luncheon as special guest and speaker.
  
“We are so honored at the generous outpouring of support we have experienced during this year’s ‘Spirit of Spring’ event,” said Elaine Stolte, Executive Director of The Children’s Assessment Center. “Having Ken and Ashley at this year’s luncheon was a delight and gave us the opportunity to continue to create awareness about what it is that we do, ultimately allowing us to better serve child sexual abuse victims in our city.” Stolte goes on to say, “The Beautiful Journeys theme of this year’s event highlighted our commitment to the healing process, and shed light on the therapeutic services we provide to the children who visit The CAC.”
 
This year’s underwriters included: H-E-B, Neiman Marcus, The Fant Foundation, CenterPoint Energy, and Momentum Jaguar Land Rover Porsche, with Diane Caplan and Nancy Golden serving as chairwomen. Former CAC board member and 2012 honoree, Phyllis Williams, was also recognized for her outstanding service and dedication to The Children’s Assessment Center.  It was an inspirational afternoon and an overwhelming success for The CAC, raising incredible funds to help child victims of abuse. 

 

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