This Week in Houston’s Buzz: The 2017 Elliott Chandler Foundation Gala: Carnaval, Houston Hospice 16th Annual Butterfly Luncheon and More!

The 2017 Elliott Chandler Foundation Gala: Carnaval

Ronald and Regina Jackson pictured with Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

On Saturday, April 1, 2017, many filled the ballroom at the Royal Sonesta Hotel where The Elliott-Chandler Foundation came together to celebrate the future – the dream to inspire the minds of young men to move to the next level and become the future leaders of the world. The Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy for Young Men senior class were honored with scholarships, and it was through the efforts and collaboration of many dedicated volunteers and supporters. The Mistress of Ceremonies was FOX-26 news anchor Melinda Spaulding, and the Honorary Gala Co-Chairs were Kate McCormick and Champ Warren, along with gala co-chairs Regina and Ronald Jackson, and Clerenda and Tracy McGrady.

The Elliott-Chandler Foundation is committed to developing a society of educated young men prepared to be future leaders in various areas of expertise. This foundation provides assistance and support to young men who are demonstrating a desire to graduate from a higher learning institution. Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy for Young men was established in 2011, and it strives to develop the full potential of every student by fostering an educational environment that encourages critical thinking; inspires student confidence; and nurtures both the intellectual and social development necessary to graduate from college and become successful leaders in the global community. For more information about The Elliott-Chandler Foundation visit their website at

                                          Shawntell and Keith McWilliams

          Ronald and Regina Jackson pictured with Tiffany and Rick Smith

Houston Hospice 16th Annual Butterfly Luncheon

                                        ABC-13 news anchor Melanie Lawson

Houston Hospice recently welcomed Pulitzer Prize winner Gail Caldwell to speak at their 16th Annual Butterfly Luncheon on March 30, 2017, at the The Houstonian Hotel. Gail Caldwell also signed copies of her bestselling memoir, Let’s Take the Long Way Home, about her friendship with author Caroline Knapp (Drinking a Love Story) who died seven weeks after a lung cancer diagnosis at the age of 42. Proceeds from the Butterfly Luncheon help support Houston Hospice and its Butterfly Program of pediatric hospice care.

                                           Carol Guess and Judson Robinson

 Carolyn Guess, Gaylon Cunningham, Faye Bryant and Patricia Williams

Dr. Anna Lee Smith & Tuskegee Airman Dr. Luzine Benjamin Bickham Give Inspiring Message to Students at Hartman Middle School

                     Dr. Luzine Benjamin Bickham and Dr. Anna Lee Smith

Former Houston Independent School District school principal Dr. Anna Lee Smith and Tuskegee Airman Dr. Luzine Benjamin Bickham gave an inspiring message to students at Hartman Middle School on April 4, 2017.

Houston Aphasia Recovery Center Presents 7th Annual Let’s Talk Luncheon

                                                            ESPN’s Lee Corso

The Houston Aphasia Recovery Center (HARC)’s recently presented its 7th Annual “Let’s Talk” Luncheon with a phenomenal keynote speaker ESPN’s Lee Corso at River Oaks Country Club on March 30, 2017. HARC is a non-profit wellness center for persons with aphasia. The Houston Aphasia Recovery Center provides a wellness program, education, advocacy, and resources for people with aphasia, their caregivers, and the greater Houston medical community, creating a safe haven where participants come for therapeutic socialization and long term recovery. For more information visit their website or call 713-781-7100.