11:30 AM Wednesday, October 25, 2017 
River Oaks Country Club

The inaugural Spirit of Hope Luncheon benefiting Ronald McDonald House Houston is a biennial fundraiser conceived with two primary objectives. The first is to recognize and celebrate the contributions of our generous corporate volunteer groups and their impact on our families. The second objective is to support the expansion projects necessary to meet the growing need for additional programs for families with a seriously ill child in hospital.


Honoring Southwest Airlines


We are honored to announce Southwest Airlines as the inaugural Spirit of Hope Award recipient. This recognition is particularly fitting, as the company has supported Ronald McDonald House Houston since its inception in 1981. Ever since, Southwest Airlines has supported our mission with their time and resources on a monthly basis. 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. Southwest’s enthusiastic team serves our families by serving heart-warming meals, hosting dance parties for the kids, and through ongoing partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities global.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. William H. Cunningham

Dr. William H. Cunningham, presiding Director of Southwest Airlines, has served as President of The University of Texas at Austin and Chancellor of The University of Texas System. He teaches at the McCombs School of Business and the Law School at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Cunningham will speak about how Southwest Airlines created a culture that values giving back to the community. Read more about our featured speaker >


Sponsorship Opportunities


Sponsors at all levels will receive acknowledgement in the luncheon invitation, program and website.


Hope $50,000
  • Name prominently displayed at Spirit of Hope Luncheon
  • Two VIP tables for ten guests with premier seating
  • Special gift for all guests
  • Complimentary Valet Parking
Love $25,000
  • Name on event signage
  • VIP Table for ten guests with preferred seating
  • Special gift for all guests
  • Complimentary Valet Parking
Joy $15,000
  • Name on event signage
  • Table for ten guests with preferred seating
  • Complimentary Valet Parking


Comfort $10,000
  • Table for ten guests
  • Complimentary Valet Parking
Care $5,000
  • Table for ten guests
  • Complimentary Valet Parking
Play $3,000 – SOLD OUT!
  • Table for ten guests
  • Complimentary Valet Parking


Luncheon Committee

Karen W. Dixon
Tandra 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
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