Champions for Children annually gathers Houston professionals and community volunteers for an evening of fun, food, festivities, and fundraising all for a great cause.  Read below for our most recent event information.


2021 Champions for Children Gala

Let Your Dreams Set Sail
Saturday, April 24, 2021

River Oaks Country Club
1600 River Oaks Blvd.
Houston, TX 77004
7 PM – Midnight

Cocktails: 7:00 PM
Seated Dinner: 8:00 PM

Valet Parking Provided
Attire: Nautical Chic or Cocktail Attire

Download the Digital Save the Date Invitation Here!
By Invitation Only

Purchase your tickets now!
Sail Away With Us!

Sponsorship Package Details Available Now!
Custom Packages Also Available


Honoring the 2021
Gabriel Lester Hero Award Recipients

Laura & Tommy Wilson

and Honoring the 2021
George T. Buenik Law Enforcement Excellence Award Recipient

Sgt. Bonnie Ewerling, Harris County Sheriff’s Office

Hosted by Gala Chair
Cortney Cole-Hall

2021 Gala Auction Chair
Lindsay Graham

2021 Wine Chair
Lynn Sessions

With thanks to our 2021 Gala Committee
Nadine Boutros, Wendy Frailey, Brandi Maxwell, Julie McCrory, April McGee, Kelly Opre,
Jaclyn Pias, Ashley Rice, Sarah Stuhldreher, and Desiree Urrutia


Host Committee

Jess Alberts and Jim Leroy
The Honorable Jacquie Baly and James Craig
Geoffrey Banez
Kristen J. Cannon
Mr. Carlos Castellanos
Beth Guinn
Melissa L. Lipinski-Nance
Julie and Derek Ludeke
Alex and Dustin McCoy
Britny and Kirk Robinson
Jess Rogers
Ann and Frank Shepley
Leigh Sweeney
Demi Wilson


Thank You 2021 Underwriters

Captain’s Table

First Class Table

April and Wells McGee

Starboard Table

Beth Alberts and Mark Sendt
Cortney Cole-Hall and Melissa L. Lipinski-Nance
Houston Galaxy Fireworks & Halloween
Kelly Opre and Robin Pilcher
Doreen Wise and Frank Crapitto

Cruise Director

Donna and George Buenik


Want to get your business seen by Houston’s business professionals and support a good cause?

Donate an item to the Gala Auction or Raffle Here!


For additional information or questions regarding sponsorship
or auction/raffle donation opportunities,
contact Mel Turnquist
at 713.986.3542 or