We invite you to join us for the inaugural Houston Humane Society Luncheon, “Vets and Pets for Life,” which will be held on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at River Oaks Country Club.
Susan D. Sarofim will be chairing this inaugural event which you won’t want to miss. Phyllis Williams will serve as Honorary Chairman with Joann Crassas and Kelley Phillips serving as Raffle Chairmen. KPRC-TV Channel 2 news anchor and a member of the HHS Advisory Board, Dominique Sachse, will be our Mistress of Ceremonies. We are thrilled to have our very special guest, Joanne King Herring, presenting the awards to our honorees.
This year, we are privileged to honor our guest speaker Bonnie Carroll with the Joanne King Herring Humanitarian Spirit Award. Bonnie is a 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient and retired as a Major in the Air Force Reserve after 30 years of service. Bonnie is the president and founder of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), the leading national military service organization providing compassionate care, casework assistance, and 24/7/365 emotional support for those impacted by the death of a military loved one. Bonnie and her late husband, Tom, are prominent characters in the 2012 movie “Big Miracle” based on their work rescuing three trapped gray whales in Alaskan ice, starring Drew Barrymore and Ted Danson.
The Unsung Hero Award recipient is Cole Thomas Lyle and his service dog, Kaya. Cole, a young Marine veteran, returned from Afghanistan with PTSD. Living in Washington D.C., he is the Assistant Director of PST/TBI Programs at the American Legion. He founded PAWSAct, Puppies Assisting Wounded Service Members, and is working on legislation which would allow the VA to pay for service dogs for vets with PTSD instead of just trying to remedy their problems with drugs which do not work.
The inaugural Dave Ward Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to legendary Houston news anchor Dave Ward for his fifty years of being the voice of Houston on KTRK TV - Channel 13.
Mr. Leslie Alexander and the Houston Rockets who have so generously supported the HHS over the years will receive the Corporate Honoree Award.
The HHS is a non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to, and working towards, ending cruelty, abuse and the overpopulation of animals while providing the highest quality of life to our residents. We care for more than 47,000 animals a year and rely solely on donations from friends and supporters and monies earned from special events. The HHS does not receive operating funds from local, state or federal government or from any national animal welfare group. The HHS offers Houston’s only full service, low cost Animal Wellness Clinic available to the general public and contracts for law enforcement officers to conduct cruelty investigations.