Michele Fraga, Gwen & Ed Emmett
Sandy Ballases, Angela Blanchard, Mike Ballases at the BakerRipley Heart of Gold luncheon in February
Karen Rawls, Joni Baird
Mike Laster, Chris Brown, Annise Parker, Sylvester Turner, Ron Lewis
Lane Bowden, Jeb Bowden, Murry Bowden, Polly Bowden, Mary Kay, Brandt Bowden
Susan Baker, James A. Baker lll
Armando Walle, Claudia Vasquez
Murry & Polly Bowden
Barbara Vilutis, Terrie Thomas, Diane Maben, Teresa McLeod
Brooke & Carlos Silva
Townes Pressler, Murry & Polly Bowden, Susan Baker, Hank Holmes, Angela Blanchard
Susan Baker, James A. Baker lll, Townes Pressler
What: Neighborhood Center‘s Heart of Gold Luncheon
Where: Hilton Americas-Houston
PC Moment: On the occasion of the non-profit’s 110th anniversary, organizers announced a new name for the entity that is officially joining forces with the Daniel and Edith Ripley Foundation. The two have partnered in providing for under-served areas for 77 years. Henceforth, the non-profit will be known as BakerRipley. The luncheon honored Polly and Murry Bowden with the Alice Graham Baker Award for their community contributions.
Highlight of the luncheon was announcement that Chevron would contribute $1 million for a STEM-oriented facility in east Aldine where area residents will have access to fabrication tools, computers and 3-D printers.
Who: Mayor Sylvester Turner, BakerRipley CEO Angela Blanchard, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and wife Gwen, former Secretary of State James A. Baker III and wife Susan, Chevron’s Joni Baird, Sandy and Mike Ballases, Townes Pressler, Hank Holmes, former Mayor Annise Parker, and Brooke and Carlos Silva.