A Texas-Sized Celebration to Honor the Strake Foundation

Deep in the Heart of Texas Spirit of Charity Luncheon Celebration

Thursday, May 6, 2021 at LIFE HTX

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Shine your boots and pull out your finest Texas business best to join us for the 2021 Catholic Charities Spirit of Charity Luncheon Celebration – Deep in the Heart of Texas.

You’re invited to a Texas-sized celebration to honor the Strake Foundation for their generous support of Catholic Charities and contributions to the Greater Houston community.

This Spirit of Charity “re-boot,” Co-Chaired by Laurel and Jeb Bashaw, promises to be a downhome gathering like no other with fine Southern food, family, and friends.

Proceeds from this event will provide life-changing programs and services to more than 100,000 people Catholic Charities serves every year.

Watch these Special Video Messages from
Bob Parsley, Fr. Jeff Johnson and His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo:


  • Alice and Peter Arbour
  • Jes and John Hagale
  • Cheryl and Guy Malden
  • Jill and John S. Parsley
  • Sister Lauren Beck, C.V.I.
  • Sandy and Bob Herrin
  • The Marek Family
  • Ashley and Douglas Plaeger
  • Julia Boudreau
  • Anna Marie and Harold Hidalgo
  • Melanie and Mace Meeks
  • Donna and Craig Rathjen
  • Celina and Paul Cerone
  • Diana and Jack Hoover
  • Trini Mendenhall
  • Isla and TR Reckling
  • Emily and Robert Clay
  • Fr. Jeff Johnson, S.J.
  • Cindy and Kendall Miller
  • Frank Barlow Rynd
  • Lucia and Michael Cordúa
  • Gloria and Frank Kalman
  • Kelly and John Mooz
  • Vicki and Steve Smith
  • Christy and Lou Cushman
  • Debbie and Matt Kemple
  • Ginger and John Niemann
  • Fr. Juan M. Torres, OP
  • Ann and Ed Deery
  • Patti and Mark Letsos
  • Betsy and Hunter Nelson
  • Terrie and Mike Turner
  • Alicia and Dave Freysinger
  • Drs. Monit and Patrick Leung
  • Lisa and Mike O’Leary
  • Mrs. Raye G. White
  • Ellen and James Ginty
  • Eleanor and Fred Magee
  • Louise and Robert S. Parsley
  • Tommye and George Zenner.
  • Suzanne and Danny Grant

Deep in the Heart of Texas
Spirit of Charity Luncheon Celebration
Thursday, May 6, 2021
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
LIFE HTX: 2515 Morse St, Houston, TX 77019 (MAP)

Any in-person event will adhere to all current health and safety guidelines. In the event COVID-19 conditions in Houston require a Stay Home Order, Catholic Charities will transition to a virtual format for the Deep in the Heart of Texas Spirit of Charity Luncheon.

Thank you to our 2021 Spirit of Charity supporters:

Lone Star

  • Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Houston
  • Strake Foundation
  • Mrs. Raye G. White

Big Sky

  • Alicia and Dave Freysinger
  • Ellen and Jim Ginty
  • Hildebrand Foundation
  • The Kafka Family
  • Debbie and Matt Kemple
  • Cheryl and Guy Malden
  • Ginger and John Niemann

Bulls and Broncos

  • Congregation of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament
  • Lois and Carl Davis
  • The Marek Family
  • Isla and T.R. Reckling, III

Lassos and Longhorns

  • Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
  • Laurel and Jeb Bashaw | International Assets Advisory, LLC
  • Mr. and Mrs. David J. Beck
  • Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing
  • Friends of Catholic Charities
  • Fr. Jeff Johnson, S.J. | Strake Jesuit College Preparatory
  • Trini Mendenhall
  • Betsy and Hunter Nelson
  • The Honorable and Mrs. George W. Strake

Boots and Spurs

  • Amegy Bank
  • Alice and Peter Arbour
  • Bowen Miclette & Britt Insurance Agency
  • Dr. Leon Bromberg Charitable Trust
  • Ginny and Dennis Cahill
  • Friends of Catholic Charities
  • Frost Bank
  • Jes and John Hagale
  • Elizabeth and Richard Husseini
  • Suzanne and Danny Grant
  • Gloria and Frank Kalman
  • Janice and Allen Lackey
  • Ally and Burt Martin
  • Memorial Hermann Health System
  • Roxann and Timothy Neumann
  • Gretchen and Ken Penny
  • Jackie Moy | Porter Hedges LLP
  • Fay and George Rizzo
  • St. Agnes Academy
  • Toben & Rooney, Inc.
  • Patti and Paul Yetter

Yellow Rose

  • Dr. Angela Rechichi Apollo
  • BBVA
  • Cadence Bank
  • Mr. and Mrs. Frederick J. Plaeger
  • Laura and Brannon Robertson
  • Regina Rogers
  • Ellen and Charles Sheedy
  • Susanne and Gerald Sullivan

Special Friends of Catholic Charities

  • Jeannette Baughman
  • Sandy and Robert Herrin
  • James Nicas
  • Mary Theresa Bergeron-Derr and David Derr
  • Fr. Robert Ippolito
  • Lisa and Mike O’Leary
  • Kimberlyn Clarkson, CAO, San José Clinic
  • Tracy and Ken Janda
  • Marianne and Joseph Quoyeser
  • Drs. Monit Cheung and Patrick Leung
  • Penny and Paul Layne
  • Frank Rynd
  • Drs. Monit Cheung and Patrick Leung
  • Penny and Paul Layne
  • Cynthia and David Colbert, III
  • James K. Dyer and Dr. Carmel B. Dyer
  • Archbishop Emeritus Joseph A. Fiorenza
  • John Gillespie
  • Joan and Steve Gilliland
  • Patricia and Mark Letsos
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Longmire
  • Cora Sue and Harry E. Mach
  • Susie and Skip McGee
  • Mary Anna Montalbano
  • Maureen Sanders, CEO, San José Clinic
  • Vicki and Steve Smith
  • Keith Stubbs
  • Bichlan Thai
  • Richard Torres
  • Salli and Michael Youtt


For more information, please contact Mary Ellen Butler at 713.874.6698 or MEButler@CatholicCharities.org.

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About Catholic Charities

For nearly 80 years, Catholic Charities has provided a comprehensive network of social services for this entire region. We empower people to grow and thrive, and we work to alleviate poverty and help people become self-sufficient and live better lives.

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Donors will receive recognition in the Texas Catholic Herald and Culture Map digital ad after the event. Thank you to those donors who gave after the print and digital deadlines.