Annual Luncheon

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2020 Overview

Thanks to all who virtually attended the 2020 Fulfilling Families Luncheon, which took place virtually on Thursday, September 17, 2020. With your support, we were able to raise $123,000 to further our mission to transform the lives of children in foster care in need of safe and nurturing permanent families.

Those who tuned in were quick to grab tissues as they heard heartfelt remarks from keynote speaker Melissa Radke, the proud mom of two adopted children. Melissa’s keynote explored her personal adoption journey and concluded with Melissa thanking parents who are willing to “go to the mound” for children, especially children who are waiting for their forever family.

Because of your generosity, Arms Wide Adoption Services will be able to continue our work to help break the cycle of abuse and neglect by connecting children in foster care with safe, loving families. Although a virtual event is not what we originally planned, we are grateful you helped make the sixth annual event a success, especially in this tough year, and we hope to see you at our Fulfilling Families Luncheon in person next spring!

2020 Program Replay

If you missed the opportunity to tune-in live, the program is still available for viewing! Please watch the event below and share the virtual program with anyone who you think would be interested in learning more about the important work we are doing to help children and families in Texas.

2020 Event Committee

Arms Wide Adoption Services is extremely grateful for the incredible co-chairs, April McGee, Stephanie Sanders, and Tara Treleaven, for their hard work, leadership and perseverance, in addition to the entire host committee for helping ensure the success of this year’s luncheon despite all the obstacles this year has presented!

Luncheon Chairs

April McGee, Stephanie Sanders, Tara Treleaven

Host Committee

Alisa Absmeier, Mukta Agrawal, Lindsey Amiralai, Ashley Baxter, Kristy Bradshaw, Alexandra Bruskoff, Michele Mendenhall Buckley, Sarah Jane Canion, Kristen Cannon, Whitney Casas, Debbie Chenevert, Katie Daily, Ryann Detamore, Deneige Dooley, Elizabeth Dwyer*, Genna Evans, Ashley Flack, Teri Gordon, Casey Hedges, Megan Hotze, Sarah Inayatali, Allison Jordan, Neekie Kashani, Emily Kelley, Elizabeth Kohlhausen, Elizabeth Lester , Elaine Loiselle, Ph.D., Blair Richardson Loocke, Alejandra Lozano, Mike Mahlstedt, Flo McGee, Lindy McGee, Louise and Gary Moss, Allison O’Neill, Laura Pojar, Maya Pomroy, Katherine Poncik, Taryn Proler, Suzann Cooley Richardson, Kelley Scofield, Lucy Marquez Sheppard, Caroline Simons, Andrea Stewart, Kate Stukenberg , Francisca Webster, Jennifer Womack

*In loving memory

2020 Underwriters – Thank You!

We would also like to take a moment to thank our generous sponsors. Navigating this time has been a struggle for Arms Wide Adoption Services, as it has been for so many. We are grateful for all the event donors who stepped up to support our mission during this difficult year.

April and Wells McGee
Ruth and Anthony Nocella

Jaguar Land Rover West Houston
Flo McGee
Terri and Graham Moore
Stephanie and Scott Sanders
Caroline and Justin Simons Family Foundation
K.C. & Randa Weiner Family Fund


Angela and Robert Dunlap, Jana Fant, Houston ABA, Elizabeth Labanowski, Beth Lindsey, Meg Lonergan, Blair Richardson Loocke, Amelia and Jeremy McKnight, Louise and Gary Moss, Margaret Naeve Parker, Kristen Olson Lyons and Linwood Olson, Suzann C. Richardson, Daria Russell, Lucy Marquez Sheppard, Tara Treleaven, Uncle Funky’s Daughter, and Valvisions Foundation

Individual Underwriters
Karina and Riz Amanullah, Carol Cooley, Kris Dillon, Kira and Christopher Dodd, Stephen Elison, Genna and Jon Evans, Nadereh Golbou, Brooke Bentley Gunst, Nicole Katz, Elaine Loiselle, Lindy McGee, Anthony J. Nocella II, Marla and Paul Oates, Pantea Pahlavan, Cynthia and Peter Retterer, Carolyn Sabat, Kathy Schenck, Carlo Chiocchio and Jim Smith, Erika and John Toussaint, William and Marie Wise Family Foundation

2019 Event Photos