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

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. The dollars we raise during this important event will support our program operations as we increase the number of rooms by 40% and continue to serve all of the families in need of our services each day. In this inaugural year, our biennial fundraising committee adopted the Spirit of Hope theme, a credit to the Southwest Airlines airplane plane which pays tribute to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

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Southwest Airlines logo

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.

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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 >

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Sponsorship Opportunities


Please join us as a Skywriter! By going “above and beyond” your gift of $1,000 or more will make a “lasting impression” on our children and families. Gifts received by October 1st will be included in the event program. Are you an RMH Houston volunteer group who, like Southwest Airlines, serves our families directly through family meals and activities? As a token of our appreciation, all corporations and organizations that contribute $5,000 or more will receive 25 personalized Aprons of Hope to be worn each time you serve at the House!


*We have received an unprecedented response to this inaugural event and the luncheon is now sold to capacity! Please contact Lisa Estes at lestes@rmhhouston.org if you would like to be added to the table waitlist. Your support of this event is still critical to Ronald McDonald House Houston because of the increasing number of families we will soon begin serving through our Holcombe House and Texas Children’s Hospital Family Room Expansions.*


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


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Special Thanks To Our Generous Event Sponsors!



Patti Everett / Paula Letbetter / Diane Riley / Bette Thomas



Marilyn & Louis Mogas



Debbie Bauer / Janet Theriot
Bowden / Braniff / Canion / Curran / Duncan
Nancy & Jack Dinerstein
Lesha & Tom ElsenbrooK
Madeleine & Lawrence Hanrahan
Flo McGee
Ginger & John Niemann
Christine & David Underwood



Marie & Kevin Brown
Dever and Jordan Family Investments
Lynn Guggolz / Susie Smith
Beth & Greg Looser
Stephanie & Anthony Milam
RMH Houston Board of Directors
Weaver LLP / Elizabeth Bunk
Kaylin & Chris Weber




Bragan / Farrow / Hayes / Rustay / Stacy
Agatha & Erch Brann
Friends of Nancy & Jack
Friends of RMH Houston
Elizabeth & Will Galtney
Houston Junior Women’s Club I
Houston Junior Women’s Club II
Reeves / Nelson / Drda / Miller / McRae
Betty & Michael Tapick
Kathryn Wilson / Kimberly Connell

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