Annual Luncheon

2017 Luncheon: A Great Success!

Spaulding for Children’s Forty Years of Families Luncheon was a great success! With your support and the support of our Event Co-Chairs, Robin Klaes and Tany Jeter Klaes, we were able to raise more than $102,000 to further our mission of transforming the lives of children in need of safe and nurturing adoptive families.

KPRC-TV Channel 2’s Dominique Sachse served as emcee for the afternoon and shared how there are many ways to define family. She even called our keynote speaker, Frank Billingsley, the brother she never had. Luncheon guests were the first to hear about and have the opportunity to purchase Frank Billingsley’s book, Swabbed & Found. Adopted himself, Frank’s heartfelt keynote explored his DNA journey to find his biological parents – pictures, videos and family tree diagrams included.

In addition to celebrating Spaulding for Children’s 40th anniversary, the luncheon also covered a very special announcement: This was our last event under the name Spaulding for Children.

Event Overview


Frank Billingsley

KPRC2 Chief Meteorologist Frank Billingsley has been Houston’s television weatherman for over twenty-five years. Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1960, Frank was adopted and raised in Mountain Brook, Alabama. He has recently authored Swabbed & Found, a memoir of his DNA journey to find family and discover the myriad branches of his biological family tree. Frank found that and more, discovering just what makes a family and how we really define family in our lives. Authentic to the core, his book is an inspirational saga of courage and tenacity.

Frank received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Washington and Lee University and a Certificate of Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State. He began his TV career as a meteorologist in Virginia, then to Mississippi, and eventually Texas. Frank lives in Houston with his husband, Kevin Gilliard. They have one son, two dogs, and now one book. And a whole lot of family.

Event Committee

Luncheon Chairs

Robin Klaes and Tany Jeter Klaes

Host Committee

Susan Blair, Amanda Brock, Cathy Brock, Cristina Buaas, Jana Cogburn, Cindi Colvin, Elizabeth DeLuca, Lisa Duchman, Tracy Everist, Evelyn Fasnacht, Debbie Hance, Barbara Henkel, Naomi Hewitt, Suzy Hill, Heather Holmes, Suzanne Jackson, Frances Jeter, Lori Johnson, Molly Johnson, Denise Kim, Shannon Kinney, Blair Richardson Loocke, Kristen Olson Lyons, Melissa McWilliams, Linwood Olson, Sheila Partin, Taryn Proler, Nancy Pustka, Suzann Cooley Richardson, Emily Catherine Riggs, Anne Romano, Caroline Simons, Suzie Sinclair, Andrea Montgomery Stewart, Anne Halliburton Stewart, Kendall Tamlyn, Elizabeth Vail, Deborah Waheed, Linda Webster and Michele Womack


Tue, May 9, 2017

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Houston Country Club

1 Potomac Drive

Houston, TX 77057

United States of America

Available sponsorship and ticket opportunities:

Champions – $10,000
Benefactors – $7,500
Advocates – $5,000
Supporters – $3,500
Friends – $2,000
Individual Ticket – $200