Annual Luncheon

Thank You!

Thank you for your support Arms Wide Adoption Services’ annual Fulfilling Families Luncheon, hosted Thursday, May 5, 2022 at the Briar Club. This event furthers our mission of transforming the lives of children in foster care who are in need of safe and nurturing permanent families. Special thanks to Co-Chairs Lindley Arnoldy and Jenni Swyka, as well as Host Frank Billingsley, for making this event a success. Stay tuned for information about the 2023 Fulfilling Families Luncheon!


Keynote Speaker: Sixto Cancel

Sixto Cancel was the 2022 Fulfilling Families Keynote Speaker. Sixto Cancel is the Founder and CEO of Think of Us (TOU), an Action Tank driving systematic change in child welfare. Sixto was named as Forbes Top 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs and was on the 2021 Forbes Under30 Lister Board. Sixto has been recognized by the White House as a “White House Champion of Change”, a “Millennial Maker” by BET, and named “Top 24 Changemakers in Government under 24” by the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council and Sparkaction. Sixto has served as a Young Fellow at Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative since 2010 where he has played a key role in the initiative’s work of extending foster care permanency for older youth. Sixto is a Clinton Global Initiative University Alum, a FastForward Alum, an Ashoka Fellow, a Board Member of Adventr – an interactive SMART video tech company – and most recently on the Advisory Board for Box, Inc. Sixto and the team at Think of Us are working to ensure that every person has the conditions they need to heal, develop and thrive.


Make a Post-Event Donation

A donation to this heartfelt event ensures Arms Wide Adoption Services can continue to help even more children connect with the loving adoptive families they need and deserve. To make a donation to support the 2022 Fulfilling Families Luncheon, click HERE.

Special Thanks

Special thanks to Co-Chairs Lindley Arnoldy and Jenni Swyka, as well as the 2022 Fulfilling Families Luncheon Host Committee: Lindsey Amiralai, Katie Arnoldy, Jennifer Ban, Caroline Bean, Jill George Bomar, Blayne Bonham, Heather Brensike, Tay Carey, Alannah Chang, Juliana Chervanick, Mary S Dawson, Valerie Dieterich, Theresa Eaton, Sydney Eifler, Christine Falgout-Gutknecht, Allie Fields, Ellie Garwood, Abbie Giraud, Lacey Goossen, Lauren Gray, Marilyn Guion, Kitty Hochner, Michelle Holcomb, Melissa Juneau, Nicole Katz, Natalie Kirklin, Natalie Lea, Blair Richardson Loocke, Michele Marandi, April McGee, Ruthie Miller, Allison O’Neill, Lindsay Pearce, Gina Pearson, Kathy Pipkin, Leslie Pitts, Katie Ponce, Alison Powell, Suzann Cooley Richardson, Luana Schindler, Kelley Scofield, Natalie Steen, Alicia Summers, Shannon Swyka, Carolyn Tanner, Emily Yardley, Beth Zdeblick, Lyndsey Zorich

More Information

If you have any questions or would like any additional information about Arms Wide’s Fulfilling Families Luncheon, please contact Annie Richardson at or  713-681-6991.

2022 Luncheon Photos