Annual Luncheon

Save The Date

Hosted on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at The Briar Club, Arms Wide Adoption Services’ annual Fulfilling Families Luncheon furthers our mission of transforming the lives of children in foster care who are in need of safe and nurturing permanent families. Registration opens at 11:30 AM and the program begins at noon.

Co-Chairs: Jill George Bomar and Alison Powell

Host: Frank Billingsley


We care about the health and safety of our guests. The CDC recommends vaccinations for all individuals and that everyone, including those who are vaccinated against COVID-19, wear a mask in public indoor settings if they are in an area of substantial or high transmission. Therefore, Arms Wide encourages Luncheon guests to be vaccinated and to wear masks and engage in social distancing during the event when possible.

Additionally, we will implement several modifications in effort to keep guests safe and comfortable during the event. Venue capacity will be 50%, and guests will have access to immediate table seating to minimize congestion at the entryway. Weather permitting, guests may also use the spacious, covered balcony to socialize during the reception, and doors to the dining area will remain open to maximize air flow. Hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the venue, and all event staff will be masked. Guests will have the option of complimentary valet parking or self-parking, which is available on the 3rd floor of the garage connected to the Briar Club via the Skybridge. Those who self-park may walk directly across the Skybridge to the check-in station on the outdoor balcony.

Sponsorships and Tickets Available

A donation to this heartfelt event will help ensure Arms Wide Adoption Services can continue to help even more children connect with the loving adoptive families they need and deserve. To reserve your table or purchase tickets, or to make a donation to support this year’s luncheon, click HERE.

Keynote Speaker

We are thrilled to have April Dinwoodie as the 2021 Fulfilling Families Luncheon Keynote Speaker. April Dinwoodie is an accomplished corporate marketing and branding professional turned nationally-recognized voice on adoption, foster care, and multiracial/multicultural families.

From creating a mentoring program for youth in foster care to becoming the CEO of the Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI), April is a fiercely dedicated leader helping individuals, systems, and corporations as they address the urgent and age-old questions of identity, values, and differences of race, culture, and class.

Dinwoodie has created and hosts several podcasts including “Born in June, Raised in April: What Adoption Can Teach the World!” which helps to educate and inspire conversation about adoption, identity, and family diversity.



Special Thanks

Special thanks to our Co-Chairs Jill George Bomar and Alison Powell, as well as our Host Committee Members: Jennifer Allison, Lindsey Amiralai, Lindley Arnoldy, Julie Barrett, Amanda Boffone, Kristy Bradshaw, Whitney Casas, Allison Casey, Allison Chavez, Erika Chavez, Julie Longoria Chen, Kelly Cliburn, Ryann Detamore, Amy Doherty, Carter Walker Dugan, Chandos Epley, Genna Evans, Allie Fields, Marcia Fiman, Jen Fink, Allison Flikerski, Marilyn Guion, Claudine Hartland, Lindsay Isaacs Hirsch, Ronda Holladay, Amber Howard, Jayne Sheehy Johnston, Coble Jorgensen, Melissa Juneau, Neekie Kashani, Natalie Kirklin, Paige Kist, Elizabeth Kohlhausen, Natalie Lea, Katie Leonard, Elizabeth Lester, Blair Richardson Loocke, Mike Mahlstedt, April McGee, Christina Milligan, Sarah Ofner, Allison O’Neill, Laura Pojar, Erica Radcliffe, Carolyn Sabat, Leslie Elkins Sasser, Kelley Scofield, Caroline Simons, Ashley Sloan, Andrea Stewart, Kate Stukenberg, Melissa Sugulas, Alicia Summers, Jody Sweed, Jenni Swyka, Krystal Crane Thompson, Tara Treleaven, Christine M. Underwood, Stephanie Wiegand, Jennifer Womack, Jessica Wood, and Emily Yardley

More Information

If you have any questions or would like any additional information about Arms Wide’s upcoming 2021 Fulfilling Families Luncheon, please contact Annie Richardson at or  713-681-6991.

Past Luncheon Photos