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Carol Sawyer and Laura Ward (Photo: Michelle Watson – Catchlight group)
The nonprofit Houston Children’s Charity celebrated 25 years at its anniversary luncheon presented by BMW of West Houston and Momentum BMW Southwest. Houston Children’s Charity identifies and helps children whose special needs are not being met by existing organizations. More than 400 supporters, including Mayor Sylvester Turner, gathered at The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown. Laura Ward, founding member and president and CEO of Houston Children’s Charity, presented Tliman Fertitta with the Founders Award. She presented Carol Sawyer the Making a Difference Award for her dedication as a volunteer for 25 years. Other award recipients included Kim Finnigan, Stevie Merrill, Allen Hord, Maricella Reed, Rosemary Lozano, Chris Merrill, Rod Ryan, KPRC’s Dave Strickland, The Guill Family – The Guill Foundation, Youval Meicler, Maria Moncada Alaoui, Tommy Kuranoff, Susan and Fayez Sarofim, Tony Buzbee, Hallie Vanderhider, and Jana and Richard Fant – The Fant Foundation. Ward was surprised with a leadership award by founder and vice chair Gary Becker. In addition, the Child Life Room at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Center Outpatient Clinic at the Mark Wallace Tower is being renamed the Laura S. Ward, Houston Children’s Charity Child Life Room. Pictured are (from left) Sawyer and Ward.
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