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.


2023 Champions for Children Gala

Follow the Yellow Brick Road: There’s No Place Like Home
Saturday, March 25, 2023

Presented By:

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

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

Valet Parking Provided
Attire: Oz Worthy and Gala Chic

Download the Digital Save the Date!

Download the Underwriter Letter and RSVP form!


2023 Gabriel Lester Hero Award Recipients

April and Wells McGee


2023 George T. Buenik Law Enforcement Excellence Award Recipient

Special Agent Glenn Gregory, FBI-Houston, Retired


Hosted by 2023 Gala Chairs:
Ginger Arwadi and Ashley Rice

With Thanks to the 2023 Steering Committee:
Cortney Cole-Hall
Trienet del Valle, Wine Chair
Lindsay Graham
Kelly Opre
Sarah Stuhldreher
Tara Tracy, Auction Chair
Desiree Urrutia


Behind the Curtain Ambassadors:

Lisa and David Atkins
Abigail and Daniel Ciscomani
Alison and Wade Coriell
Elizabeth and Derek Detring
Monica E. Fulton
Sandy and Neil Hartley
Rita and Nabil Joubran
Talia and Brent Kallop
Christine Kirchner and
Ken Stanley
Maud and Damien Lhors
April and Brian Lopez
Marni and Tom Otjen
Amy and Rob Pierce
Kristina and Paul Somerville
Joanna and Andrew Strachan


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