Nearly 250 guests supported Spaulding for Children during their second annual Home Is Where the Heart Is Luncheon hosted at Houston Country Club on May 10, 2016. KPRC’s chief meteorologist, Frank Billingsley, served as emcee for the afternoon. Billingsley, who is adopted, added a personal touch by sharing how adoption impacted his life.
Spaulding for Children adoptive parent, Page Parkes, spoke to the audience about her experience adopting three siblings in 2005 and expressed the importance of supporting the organization, which places children from the state foster care system in loving adoptive homes. Spaulding for Children also showed a video of Parkes’ children, Reagan, Zachary and Jacob, thanking the organization for changing their lives nearly 10 years ago by giving them a family, keeping the siblings together and allowing them to experience childhood as every child deserves.
Each year, more than 1,000 children age out of Texas’ foster care system when they turn 18 years old without ever having been connected with an adoptive family. In 2015, 170 children aged out of foster care in Harris County alone. Spaulding for Children works each and every day to help break the cycle of abuse and neglect by connecting children in foster care with loving adoptive homes.
Thanks to the hard work and dedication of luncheon chairs, Anne Halliburton Stewart and Taryn Hunt Proler, as well as the entire Luncheon host committee, the afternoon raised more than $81,000.