Poignant Luncheon Highlights Needs of Families in the Foster-Care System, Encourages Keeping 'Arms Wide' Open
AT THE ANNUAL Arms Wide luncheon, the spotlight shone brightly on the importance of providing guidance and support to families pursuing foster care and adoption.
The event was held at the Briar Club and emceed by Frank Billingsley, who shared his own story of adoption. The keynote speaker, former Cincinnati Bengals player Gaelin Elmore, also spoke about the importance of finding self-love and belonging throughout experiences within the foster-care system. Arms Wide, formerly called Arms Wide Adoption Services, took the opportunity during the luncheon to announce its new brand, which includes the tagline "Preserving and Fulfilling Families" to reflect its dedication to ongoing needs of participants in the foster-care system.
One of the foster moms benefiting from Arms Wide's services, Chiara Phan, shared how her family has found joy in fostering and remains committed to the cause, even during uncertain times.
Those in attendance included notable Houstonians like Chita Craft, Nina Altuve, Kristy Bradshaw, Julie Longoria Chen, Brooke Bentley Gunst, Kate Stukenberg, Leslie Pitts and Lyndsey Zorich.
Alex Ochoa, Daniella Hernandez, Nina Altuve, Jayne Johnston
Stephanie and Scott Sanders
Allie Veselka and Michelle Holcomb
Shayla Meeks, Pinda Romain, Tiffany Nichols
Alyssa Kilpatrick and Allison O'Neill
Audrey White, Fady Armanious, Camille Connelly
Beezie Sayers and Genna Evans
Shannon Kinney, Scott and Jennifer Allison
Chita Craft, Melodie Kentshire, Leslie Pitts, Jill Bomar
Nicole Katz and Margot Athon
Colleen Difonzo-Lewis, Heather Safi, Rae Solberg
Mike Mahlstedt and Kate Stukenberg
DeJuana Jernigan, Gaelin Elmore
Lindley Arnoldy and Maria Johnson
Ina Riley, Kelley Scofield, Marie de Limelette
Kristy Bradshaw and Brooke Bentley Gunst
Sydney Eifler, Peggy Ealand
Joanie McLeod and Eryn Ebaugh
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