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Spirit of Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show

17th Annual Spirit of Spring


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Kelli Weinzierl, Michelle Smith, Dominique Sachse, Marilyn Van Derbur, and Kelley Lubanko

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The 17th Annual Spirit of Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show benefiting The Children's Assessment Center was held on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel.  It was a full house with over 520 supporters in attendance helping to raise a record $430,000 for programs that are critical to the healing of child victims of sexual abuse. 

Outstanding event chairs Kelley Lubanko and Kelli Weinzierl planned a delightful afternoon with the perfect mix of fabulous spring and summer fashions coupled with a focus on the serious issue of child sexual abuse and how we as a community can better protect our children.  Mark Wallace, President and CEO of Texas Children’s Hospital, was recognized as the luncheon’s honoree. The Children’s Assessment Center expressed their gratitude for their partnership with Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine.  They have partnered together since 2004 and since that time have provided medical services to 9,715 sexually abused children.

Neiman Marcus presented fashions by MILLY and designer Michelle Smith was present as the audience was treated to a beautiful runway of the latest spring and summer trends!

The guest speaker for the event was Former Miss America Marilyn Van Derbur and she brought the crowd of over 500 to their feet as she shared her story of triumph over tragedy.  As a childhood incest survivor, she has devoted much of her adult life to raising national awareness and understanding of sexual abuse and its long-term effects. In 1989 her family funded an adult incest survivor program in Denver, and in 1993 she co-founded two national not-for-profit organizations dedicated to public education and strengthening laws protecting victims of sexual abuse.

Dominique Sachse served as the dynamic Mistress of Ceremonies and Stephen Lewis served as Auctioneer for the Chopard Boutique Live Auction jewelry piece.  The highly coveted piece was a ring encrusted with 76 diamonds at .28cts.

This year’s Signature Underwriter was Neiman Marcus. Major underwriters included:  Leslie Alexander and The Houston Rockets, Kelley and Stephen Lubanko, CJ and Ron Rinard and Kelli and John Weinzierl.  Those in attendance included Ericka Bagwell, Diane Caplan, Brady Crosswell, Tena Lundquist Faust, Ursaline Hamilton, Megan Sutton-Reed and Becca Cason Thrash.  Others present were CAC Executive Director Elaine Stolte, Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson, County Attorney Vince Ryan and Texas Children’s Hospital CEO Mark Wallace.           

Special Thanks to our Signature Underwriter Neiman Marcus

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Thank You to Our Underwriters and Sponsors

Special Thanks to our In-Kind Donors

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