450 guests packed the Briar Club on Thursday, May 2, in support of the Center for Pursuit Building a Game Plan for the Future Luncheon. The event scored with special guest Texan Quarterback Deshaun Watson leading the way for the future of the organization.
Chairs Jennifer Dominiquini, Kevin Kushner and Brittany Sakowitz Kushner were thrilled with the record amount $360,000 raised.
Khambrel Marshall emceed the day for the Center for Pursuit which helps empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to live meaningful, dignified lives filled with opportunity. The event unveiled a new logo and the plans for a new, transformative campus that will expand the possibilities for their clients situated on the eastside of downtown. The appeal with everyone waving Rally Towels, sponsored by BBVA raised over $80,000 in 5 minutes. Mayor Sylvester Turner introduced Deshaun, along with a surprise video from Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney that brought applause from the crowdand a big smile from Deshaun. A standing ovation at the end of the interview made for a winning day.
Charles C. Canton, President and CEO said “We look to our past, reflect on the present and have a vision for the future to help even more adults live with dignity and fulfill their potential in life and live as independently as possible.”
Seen in the crowd: Maire and David Baldwin, David Gow, Chief Development Officer Marilu Garza, Holt McNair, Jourdan McNair, Richard Rosenberg, Cheryl Rosenberg, Kristin and Lance Reynolds, Robert Sakowitz, Lexi Sakowitz , Peter Boudreaux, Herman Coronado, Tom Forney, Constable Alan Rosen, Vivian Schudde, Stephen Ives, Council Member Robert Gallegos, Council Member Brenda Stardig, Graciela Saenz, Frances Castaneda Dyess, Veronica Chapa Gorzynski, Nory Angel, Claudia Aguirre, Murray Bowden, Frank Liu, Shon Link, Sarah Frazier and David Lee.
The Center for Pursuit currently serves over 450 adults with I/DD in the Houston area. They tailor the support provided to the varied needs of the people and families served. Each day, in each program, they witness breakthroughs, tender moments, and everyday victories that affirm their steadfast commitment to the guiding principles of choice, growth, and personal independence, and the humanity within us all.