Eat, Drink & Be Charitable

Special events have been vital to Houston Area Parkinson Society fundraising since it was founded in 1974 and began raising funds to develop and implement programs and services and support families living with Parkinson’s disease.

Friends and family gather each year for an evening of entertainment, dinner, great enthusiasm, and a shared mission at the Eat, Drink & Be Charitable gala. This event is our largest fundraising event of the year, providing essential funds that allow HAPS to offer free services and programs to the local Parkinson’s community. 

The 2022 event chairs and good friends, Erin Pikoff and Doug Dawson invite you to this year’s fun-filled evening in support of HAPS. Join us at Hotel ZaZa in the Museum District for scrumptious food, specialty cocktails, and spectacular giving! So, let’s eat, drink and be charitable! Special thanks to Ahmad, Zavitsanos and Mensing, P.C., for underwriting the cocktail reception and to Gloria Hui, MD and Joiner Cartwright, Jr., PhD, for underwriting the specialty chocolates.  

Sunday, October 16, 2022

6:00pm | Cocktail Reception sponsored by Ahmad, Zavitsanos and Mensing P.C.

Hotel ZaZa Museum District
5701 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005
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A note from this year’s event chairs

As this year’s co-chairs of Houston Area Parkinson Society’s Eat, Drink & Be Charitable, our goal is to increase awareness and services that support the Parkinson community. We are planning a fun, yet meaningful evening and would love for you to join us as an underwriter.

My family was first introduced to Parkinson’s through my grandmother, Bernice, who lived with the disease for many years. Then in 2016, I was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s. That was a life changing event. Parkinson’s disease is much more than just a movement disorder, it is a degenerative neurological disease that touches all aspects of life, not only for those affected, but also their families. As a young working mother of two, I had to retire early from a career I loved and search for a new purpose. I am happy to say I found it and now serve on the HAPS Advisory Board. I am proud to stand alongside my good friend Doug as co-chair of this amazing event.

I have several good friends, like Erin, who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s. The amazing programs and groups that HAPS provides has made a profound difference in the lives affected by this disease. I have seen how complex and challenging Parkinson’s is and like Erin, I feel driven to help and to do something about it.

We look forward to you joining us for this gala and more importantly to being a part of something greater.

Erin and Doug

Contact LaCresha Lamb at or 713.806.9292 for questions or to purchase a table or tickets. 


Erin Pikoff
Doug A. Dawson


Hala and Joe Ahmad
Jessica Akins
Georgene and Dr. Thomas R. Brandon
Marianna and Chris Brewster
Anne and Stuart Coco
Ellen and Frank Donnelly
Joshua Espinedo and Nathan Reedy
Gregg Harrison and Paul-David Van Atta
Daphne and Dennis Haskin
Cliff Helmcamp and Jerry Jeanmard
Gail and Michael Hendryx
Bridget and Greg Holloway
Ashley and Jeff Hurlbert
Caroline and Houston Jones
Caroline Kerr and Andy Lusk
Asha and Renju Kuruvilla
David A. Nettles
John Odam
Mary Majors and Leslie Payne
Rachel Selassie
Chris and Erin Furr Stimming
Charity Yarborough Cox

Click here to see photos from previous Galas.