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.


2024 Champions for Children Gala

Through the Looking Glass to Wonderland:
Be the Key to #BringThemHome

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Hotel ZaZa Museum District
5701 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005
7 PM – Midnight

Mistress of Ceremonies:
Chita Craft, KHOU 11 Morning News

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

Valet Parking Provided
Attire: Wonderland Worthy and Gala Cocktail Chic

In case you missed it, our 2024 Gala Video can be seen online!  

We hope you enjoy the photos from the Stop Click Pose photo booth available in our Photo Gallery.  

More images are available in our Facebook Album provided by Atif Maqsood Photography.  
Tag yourself and your friends to share the fun with your networks #ThroughTheLookingGlass #TCMGala!

Download the Digital Invitation!

Download the Digital Save the Date!

Download Sponsorship Opportunities List!

Download the Underwriter Package!

Download the RSVP Form!


2024 Gabriel Lester Hero Award Recipients

Brenda and Brad Bouillion


2024 George T. Buenik Law Enforcement Excellence Award Recipient

Detective Darrin Buse, Houston Police Department-Retired


Hosted by 2024 Gala Chairs:
Bethany Buchanan and Sarah Stuhldreher

With Thanks to the 2024 Steering Committee:

Courtney Culver Baker
Lauren Mills

Kristen J. Cannon
Jordan Seff

Kadriye Alcorn
Ginger Arwadi
Emily-Frances McAdams
Kelly Opre
Tara Tracy
Desiree Urrutia


Queen’s Court:

Ginger & Nabil Arwadi
Lisa & David Atkins
Bethany & Ben Buchanan
Kristen J. Cannon
Amy & Kevin Comiskey
Trienet & Mauricio del Valle
Monica E. Fulton
Mignon & Steve Gill
Cynthia & Iggy Grillo
Jayne & Garrett Johnston
Lindsey Rose & Patrick King
Deborah Levy, Junell & Associates, PLLC
Melissa Nance
Rachel & Tom Regan
Ashley & Bryon Rice
Jordan & Dylan Seff
Sarah & Peter Stuhldreher
Drs. Ishwaria & Vivek Subbiah
Ofelia & Vuk Vujasinovic


Thank You 2024 VIP Sponsors

White Rabbit
Kelly Opre & Robin Pilcher

King of Hearts
In Memory of Frank Crapitto and Gabriel Lester
Margaret & Darryl Drenon
Sequel Data Systems
Lynn Sessions, BakerHostetler

Photo Booth Underwriter

Stop Click Pose Logo

Wine Pull Underwriter
Hacienda Tres Amigas

Cheshire Cat

Kadriye & Avery Alcorn, Courtney & Buck Baker, Claudia & Jesse Barrios, Liz & Adam Ross, and Erika & John Toussaint

Ginger & Nabil Arwadi and
Ashley & Bryon Rice

Bethany & Ben Buchanan and
Sarah & Peter Stuhldreher
Houston Galaxy Fireworks

Elicia & Ryan Hunter, Lindsay Kirkendall, and Brittney White

Junell & Associates, PLLC

Lauren & Scott Mills,
Paloma Resources

Tara & Eric Tracy

Mel & Eric Turnquist

Missing Persons Wall of Hope Sponsor

Stellar Bank Stacked Logo

Floral Sponsor
HEB Helping Here Logo

Cocktail Hour & VIP Party Sponsor
Tito’s Handmade Vodka

Friends of Alice

Donna & George T. Buenik
Kristen J. Cannon
Amy & Kevin Comiskey
Mignon & Steve Gill
Aysu & Evren Gurpinar
Caroline Mburu,
Massage Diamond
Judy & Jake Roberts
Jordan & Dylan Seff

Photographer Sponsors
VB Attorneys

Centerpiece Sponsor
Blue Leaf Houston

Kick-Off Party Sponsors
The Curated Cellar

Live Auction Sponsor
36 Oaks Retreat


*Thank you to the 2023 Selfie Booth Sponsor DigiBooths! They’re a DigiGroup Entertainment company and the go-to when it comes to photo booth and DJ services.


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

Download the Auction Request Package!

OR contact Mel Turnquist at to
donate an item to the Gala Auction or Raffle!


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