The inaugural Transforming Lives Luncheon benefiting the Harris Center Foundation was hugely successful! Renowned writer and producer Lisa Malosky Productions led guests through a touching and enjoyable luncheon. Luncheon Chairs Gwen Emmett and Shaukat Zakaria underscored the Harris Foundation's impact on the community through its support of special programs The Harris Center delivers.
Held at the delightful Junior League of Houston, participants enjoyed a touching performance of "I Believe I Can Fly" by The Harris Center's Unique Voices of Harmony Choir. Luncheon Chairs Gwen Emmett and Shaukat Zakaria underscored the impact the Foundation makes in the community through its support of special programs The Harris Center delivers.
Donna Mohlman, the mother of a Harris Center client, shared about her family's journey navigating systems to find support for her son. She described how the pandemic exacerbated the challenges and the relief they experienced upon contacting The Harris Center. Excellent presentations were given by Susan Fordice, executive director of The Harris Center Foundation, and Wayne Young, CEO of The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD.
Former Harris County Judge, The Honorable Ed Emmett, highlighted the importance of the mission of the Foundation and The Harris Center, recounting personal experiences with mental illness in his family. He praised attendees for supporting the work of the Foundation and encouraged them to share its mission.
A special thank you to Gwen O'Brien Emmett & Ed Emmett, Nihala Zakaria & Shaukat Zakaria, and the many others who made this event possible! We would also like to thank those who attended, including The Hackett Center for Mental Health, Mental Health America of Greater Houston, NAMI Greater Houston, Alliance for Multicultural Community Services, Houston-Galveston Area Council, and Ibn Sina Community Medical and Dental Clinic.
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