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Crime Stoppers of Houston Celebrates, Honors Women

Jordan Magaziner Steinfeld
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(Standing, from left) Deborah Winn, Donna Vallone, Ilene Allen, Dr. Tom Sawyer, Honoree Laura Ward, Warner Roberts, Edna Meyer-Nelson and Melissa Juneau; (seated, from left) Susan Haber, Carol Sawyer and Sherri Zucker. 

Crime Stoppers of Houston celebrated and honored incredible women in public safety at the annual Houston’s Heroes Awards Luncheon, which took place last Thursday at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. More than 380 guests gathered at the luncheon, which raised nearly $125,000 for Crime Stoppers of Houston’s crime-solving tip line and prevention programs.

Keynote speaker Janet Shamlian, NBC News Correspondent, inspired us with her talk about her career in journalism and the role that media plays in solving crime.

Dave Ward, ABC 13 emceed the program, which was particularly special, as one of the women honored was his wife, Laura Ward, for her work with the Houston Children’s Charity and the Houston Police Foundation. Other women honored included Lt. Wende Wakeman, who became the first female ever to be promoted to Texas Ranger Lieutenant and Michelle Heinz, an advocate for crime prevention.

Read more about these incredible women in this blog post by Rania Mankarious, executive director of Crime Stoppers of Houston. We are honored to partner with Crime Stoppers of Houston and proud of Rania’s popular Sunday morning blog

Other guests who enjoyed the luncheon include Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Houston Police Department Interim Chief of Police Martha Montalvo, City Council members Jack Christie, Brenda Stardig, Mayor Pro-tem Ellen Cohen, and Constable Alan Rosen. Among supporters were Bobby Horton, Khalil Shafei, Heather O’Connor, Arin Morris, Jill and Charles Talisman, Vicki Rizzo, Crime Stoppers Board Chairman Don DeGabrielle, Tena Faust, Tama Lundquist, Gary Becker, Donna Vallone, Edna Meyer-Nelson, Carol Sawyer, Yvette Webb, Rusty Hardin, Rachelle Rowe, Corey Flores, Hazem Ahmed, Ellen Cokinos, Allison and Stephen Lewis, Sidney Evans II, Jeff Vaden, Bryan Beene, Heather Ramsey Cook, Toni Lawrence, Cynthia Adkins, Judy Tate, George Strake, Wendy Granato, Henry Florsheim and Leisa Holland-Nelson.

  • Janet Shamlian, Rania Mankarious

    NBC News Correspondent Janet Shamlian (on left) was keynote speaker at the annual Houston’s Heroes Awards Luncheon. Here she is pictured with Rania Mankarious, executive director of Crime Stoppers of Houston.

  • Luncheon

    (From left) Chandler Terrell, Edgardo Lozada, Alejandro Nazario, Joan Nazario, Ricardo Nazario, Matthew Hanratty, Andres Nazario, Emily Paul and Alan Grothues.

  • Michelle and Mike Heinz.

    Michelle and Mike Heinz.

  • Carl Shaw, Michelle Sacks, Alan Rosen, Kevin Williams

    (From left) Chief Carl Shaw, Crime Stoppers of Houston Safe School Manager Michelle Sacks, Constable Alan Rosen, Captain Kevin Williams.

  • Chandra Hatcher, Jordan Steinfeld, Joni Hoffman, Michael Hoffman

    (From left) Lieutenant Chandra Hatcher with Buzz associate editor Jordan Steinfeld, Buzz editor Joni Hoffman and Buzz publisher Michael Hoffman. 

  • Janet Shamlian

    Keynote speaker NBC News Correspondent Janet Shamlian spoke about her career in journalism and the role that media plays in solving crime.

  • Jill and Charles Talisman

    Jill and Charles Talisman

  • Honorees

    Honorees Laura Ward, Lt. Wende Wakeman, Crime Stoppers Executive Director Rania Mankarious, Wells Fargo's Susan Holcomb, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo's Jennifer Hazelton and Michelle Heinz. 

     

  • Rachelle Rowe, Laura Ward, Corey Flores

    (From left) Rachelle Rowe, honoree Laura Ward and Corey Flores. 

  • Chuck Davis, Melissa Davis, Bill Davis, Susan Davis

    (From left) Chuck Davis, Melissa Davis, Bill Davis and Susan Davis

  • Ellen Cokinos, George Buenik, Cynthia Adkins, Judy Tate

    (From left) Ellen Cokinos, Assistant Chief George Buenik, Cynthia Adkins and Judy Tate.

  • Janet Shamlian, Rania Mankarious
  • Luncheon
  • Michelle and Mike Heinz.
  • Carl Shaw, Michelle Sacks, Alan Rosen, Kevin Williams
  • Chandra Hatcher, Jordan Steinfeld, Joni Hoffman, Michael Hoffman
  • Janet Shamlian
  • Jill and Charles Talisman
  • Honorees
  • Rachelle Rowe, Laura Ward, Corey Flores
  • Chuck Davis, Melissa Davis, Bill Davis, Susan Davis
  • Ellen Cokinos, George Buenik, Cynthia Adkins, Judy Tate

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Janet Shamlian, Rania Mankarious

NBC News Correspondent Janet Shamlian (on left) was keynote speaker at the annual Houston’s Heroes Awards Luncheon. Here she is pictured with Rania Mankarious, executive director of Crime Stoppers of Houston.

Luncheon

(From left) Chandler Terrell, Edgardo Lozada, Alejandro Nazario, Joan Nazario, Ricardo Nazario, Matthew Hanratty, Andres Nazario, Emily Paul and Alan Grothues.

Michelle and Mike Heinz.

Michelle and Mike Heinz.

Carl Shaw, Michelle Sacks, Alan Rosen, Kevin Williams

(From left) Chief Carl Shaw, Crime Stoppers of Houston Safe School Manager Michelle Sacks, Constable Alan Rosen, Captain Kevin Williams.

Chandra Hatcher, Jordan Steinfeld, Joni Hoffman, Michael Hoffman

(From left) Lieutenant Chandra Hatcher with Buzz associate editor Jordan Steinfeld, Buzz editor Joni Hoffman and Buzz publisher Michael Hoffman. 

Janet Shamlian

Keynote speaker NBC News Correspondent Janet Shamlian spoke about her career in journalism and the role that media plays in solving crime.

Jill and Charles Talisman

Jill and Charles Talisman

Honorees

Honorees Laura Ward, Lt. Wende Wakeman, Crime Stoppers Executive Director Rania Mankarious, Wells Fargo's Susan Holcomb, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo's Jennifer Hazelton and Michelle Heinz. 

 

Rachelle Rowe, Laura Ward, Corey Flores

(From left) Rachelle Rowe, honoree Laura Ward and Corey Flores. 

Chuck Davis, Melissa Davis, Bill Davis, Susan Davis

(From left) Chuck Davis, Melissa Davis, Bill Davis and Susan Davis

Ellen Cokinos, George Buenik, Cynthia Adkins, Judy Tate

(From left) Ellen Cokinos, Assistant Chief George Buenik, Cynthia Adkins and Judy Tate.

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