Spirit of Hope Event LogoSouthwest Airlines volunteer embracing RMHH mother  


The Spirit of Hope Luncheon benefiting Ronald McDonald House Houston honors and celebrates the contributions of generous corporate volunteer groups who share a special long-term relationship with the House. In this inaugural year, our fundraising committee adopted the Spirit of Hope theme, a credit to the Southwest Airlines airplane which pays tribute to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Creating such a unique and successful special event could not be possible without the involvement of so many dedicated committee members and Hope Ambassadors. Luncheon Chairs, Karen W. Dixon and Tandra C. Jackson, and Honorary Chairs, Nancy and Jack Dinerstein, with their team of over 30 steering and host committee members, worked diligently to produce this event.

The Spirit of Hope Award was given to Southwest Airlines, a committed volunteer group that not only helped open Ronald McDonald House Houston in 1981, but has volunteered tirelessly since that time preparing meals, sponsoring entertainment for our families and contributing financially to the betterment of our programs.  Southwest Airlines now supports Ronald McDonald Houses throughout the United. The keynote speaker, Dr. William H. Cunningham, clearly understands the significant impact of community engagement as a member of Southwest Airlines’ Board of Directors and former Chancellor of the University of Texas System. Our gratitude for the contributions of Southwest Airlines will forever be reflected in the luncheon title and award name, as adopted from their Spirit of Hope airplane which illustrates their commitment in the sky.

Support for this event was provided by countless committee chairs and members, event supporters, and vendors. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of our inaugural Spirit of Hope Luncheon, we could not have done this without you!



Southwest Airlines volunteersSouthwest Airlines volunteers and plane

Luncheon Committee

Karen W. Dixon
Tandra C. Jackson

Nancy & Jack Dinerstein

Debbie Bauer
Janet Theriot

Leslie Blanton
Marie & Kevin Brown
Kimberly Connell
Emily Crosswell
Donna Hemmi
Kevin McDonald
Donna Sims Wilson
Kathryn Wilson

Christine Underwood, Chair
Kathryn Bragan
Marsha Braniff
Agatha Brann
Lu Caltagirone
Cam Canion
Muffin Clark
Mary Charles Davis
Elizabeth & Craig Bunk
Liz Dinerstein
Brittany Dinerstein
Eliza Duncan
Clayton Erikson
Patti & Richard Everett
Carol Frankel
Cyndy Garza
Simone Irwin
Mady Kades
Greg Looser
Flo McGee
Marilyn Mogas
Diane Riley
Carol Sawyer
Karen Smith
Virginia Steppe
Anne VanHorn
Marie Wise