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Friday, March 11, 2016

Gina Gaston learns role-playing in River Oaks

Supporters help The Children’s Museum of Houston raise nearly $114,000

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Gina Gaston and Michelle Lee

The Children’s Museum of Houston and chairs Divya Brown and Candace Thomas welcomed IDEO’s Digital Kids Team Lead, Michelle Lee, to the 2016 Friends and Families Luncheon on March 2, 2016 at the River Oaks Country Club. Lee delivered a dynamic message on fostering creativity and innovation through play by engaging attendees with role-playing and creative exercises during the luncheon. The event was a resounding success raising nearly $114,000 for the Museum’s early childhood and parenting programs.

Nearly 400 parents, educators, families and friends came together for awareness and philanthropy at this enlightening event with ABC 13 anchor Gina Gaston Elie serving as Mistress of Ceremonies. Lee’s presentation, which took a look into the creative process, had guests role-playing as reporters and inventing secret handshakes.

Guests noshed on a succulent three-course lunch which included chilled gazpacho soup, chicken and spinach roulade, and culminated with a mouthwatering apple blueberry crisp catered by the River Oaks Country Club. Flowers, which were donated by Trader Joe’s, were made into exquisite centerpieces by Lexis Florists and Philanthropic Fetes. Attendees were sent home with scrumptious Sprinkles Cupcakes

The Marian and Speros Martel Early Childhood Educator of the Year Award’s three finalists: Maggie Abrego, Jonathan Doria and Evelyn Terry, were recognized at the event. The award is presented annually to an outstanding professional who possesses an exemplary commitment to young children’s education.

At the top of the list of attendees were: Lindsey Bainbridge, Mark Price, Kasteena Parikh, Dr. Kelly Coleman, Jennifer DeVries, Yvette Key, Matt Burrus, Natalie Wall, Michelle Pearce, Elva Akin, June Lovland, Krystal Thompson, Lacey Goossen, Winnie Simmons, Analisa Warren, Lindsey Arnoldy, Ting Bresnahan, Dena Winkler, Adrienne Sayward, Nicole Dallas, Phoebe Tudor, Anika Jackson, Lyndsey Zorich, Kristen Berger, Emily Dalicandro, Kathleen Jennings, Shanell Moody, Shahreen Rafique Hanna and more!

Proceeds from the luncheon will help support the museum's early childhood and parenting programs which focus on building parenting skills, providing information on child development and engaging families in the joy of learning together.

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Chairs Candace Thomas and Divya Brown 

(This post was taken from a release sent to me by the The Children’s Museum of Houston)

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