What: Luncheon to honor and recognize refugees
Where: Junior League of Houston- 1811 Briar Oaks Ln # 6, Houston, TX 77027
When: November 29, 2011
Time: 12:00 pm
Ticket Prices: Sponsor Tables Platinum Sponsor $10,000 Gold Sponsor $5,000 Silver Sponsor $2,500 Bronze Sponsor $1,500 Sponsor Tickets Platinum Tickets $1,000 Gold Tickets $500 Silver Tickets $250 Bronze Tickets $150
Beneficiary: Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston's Refugee Services Department
Master of Ceremonies: Len Cannon, KHOU 11 NEWS
Honoree(s): Susan & Dan Boggio
Gala Chairperson(s): Sultana Mangalji & Tehmina Masud
Honorary Chairperson(s): Lily & Charles Foster
President(s): Elliot Gershenson
Welcome: Len Cannon
Speaker: Alban Shahini
Music: Zubair Al Awadi
Of note: Honorary Life Members: Charles R. Erickson, Dorothy S. Hines, Jo Ann McLaughlin, The Reverend James L. Tucker, Rabbi Roy Walter
Sponsors: Platinum Sponsor- $10,000 8 guests/VIP Reception Prestigious Table of 10; Recognition in all printed materials, Recognition on IM website Gold Sponsors- $5,000 6 guests/VIP Reception Priority Table of 10; Recognition in invite, programs and at event Recognition on IM website Silver Sponsor- $2,500 4 guests/VIP Reception Prominent Table of 10; Recognition in invite, program and at event Bronze Sponsors- $1,500 2 guests/VIP reception Table of 10 Recognition in invite, program and at event Baker Hughes Foundation, Islamic Society of Greater Houston, Susan and Dan Boggio, Julie B. Alexander, Y. Ping Sun and David Leebron & Lily and Charles Foster, Dr. Fatima and Amin Mawji & Alyson and Elliot Gershenson, Rima and Ahmed Hashmi, Rosemarie Johnson, Sultana and Moez Mangali, TSP, Bill King and Bret Baccus, Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP, One Step Diagnostic, Omar Saeed @ Metlife
Event Coordinator: Andrea Fineman & Karen Lee
Board of Directors: Dr. Fatima Mawji, Charles C. Foster, Paul Sutton, Nizar Charania, The Honorable William E. King, Bret Baccus, Philamena Baird, The Honorable Robert Eckels, A. Tony Garcia, Father Troy Gately, Ajit Giani, Jack Hodson, Dr. Leonard Hoffman, Sushma Mahajan, Rev. Thomas Pace, Jasmeeta Singh, Karun Sreerama, Jennifer Weston, Shaukat Zakaria
Blacktie Photos by: Caroline Berg Photography
What a great luncheon- A large crowd gathered together at the Junior League of Houston to recognize and celebrate the incredible stories of refugees from all over the world. As the guests and refugees arrived at the Junior League, they were invited to mingle and some made their way to the 'Community Cloth' table, a place where they could take a look and purchase individual items made from refugees. 'Community Cloth' is a microenterprise empowering refugee women in Houston. It targets economic, educational and social goals through the provision of seed grants, training, and peer support, and by expanding market opportunities for refugee women artisans.The items were amazing.
Next, the guests were asked to make their way in to the dining hall, where oud player, Zubair Al Awadi was playing for the guests. KHOU 11, news personality, Len Cannon gave a warm welcoming to all of the attendees and got the luncheon started off on the right foot. Next, Interfaith President, Elliot Gershenson presented the Refugee Services Volunteer Award to Richard "Dick" Steele. Richard took the stage and gave his appreciation to the guests. Alban Shahini next came to the podium and gave his incredible story of how he came to the United States and all that he had accomplished since making his move. Tehmina Masud followed him by giving thanks to the guests and sponsors for the amazing contributions and support of the Interfaith Ministries Refugee Program. She then awarded Susan Boggio the 2011 For All Humanity Award. Susan gave a heart-felt speech about her experiences working with refugees and what she envisioned for all those who had not yet been 'adopted' and helped. It was a great luncheon, filled with inspiration and hope.
Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston hosted its second annual For All Humanity Luncheon on November 29th, 2011 at The Junior League. Every year, more than 500 legal refugees fleeing politcal and religious persecution are resettled by Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, through its Refugee Services Program. IM, through its services and support, equips refugees with the tools they need to make a new life, find work, care for their families, and take part in the American dream.
Sultana Mangalji and Tehmina Masud chaired the event with Lily and Charles Foster as Honorary Chairs. Susan and Dan Boggio received the 2011 Refugee Services Humanitarian Award.
Proceeds from the luncheon benefitted the Refugee Services Department of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, a local non-profit organization that brings people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration and service. The organization provides four main services to the Houston area including Meals on Wheels for Greater Houston, Refugee Resettlement Services, Disaster Preparedness and Interfaith Relations. More information can be found at www.imgh.org.