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


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

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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.