Laura Ward speaking at the 2022 Houston Children's Charity Gala (photo by Daniel Ortiz)

THE HOUSTON CHILDREN'S Charity’s 25th-anniversary luncheon last November ended with a shock for Laura Ward, the co-founder and president and CEO of the nonprofit that has assisted kids in hard times since 1996. That’s when came the surprise announcement that Ward, a self-described “control freak” who thought the program she had arranged for the event had just ended, had been honored by Texas Children’s Hospital; it had named its Child Life Room in the Med Center after her.

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