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 2023 event chairs Laurie and Doug Vander Ploeg invite you to support HAPS this year. While the fun-filled evening at Hotel ZaZa in the Museum District is SOLD OUT, you can still be a part of this great cause! 

You too can still eat scrumptious food, drink delicious bubby, with a celebratory basket delivered right to your door! So, let’s eat, drink and be charitable! 

If you have already purchased your tickets, we look forward to seeing you 
Sunday, October 15, 2023
Hotel ZaZa Museum District
5701 Main Street Houston, TX 77005

click here to support this year’s event

A note from this year’s event chairs

Due to venue capacity and an overwhelming response, this event has SOLD OUT! But friends, our work is not done and we still need your help to make a difference in the lives of those with Parkinson’s. 

You can still eat, drink, and be charitable! Your support of this event would me the world to us!  

Let’s Eat. Let’s Drink. And let’s be Charitable!

Laurie and Doug

Contact LaCresha Lamb at or 713.806.9292 for event details. 

Click here to see photos from previous Galas.


Laurie and Doug Vander Ploeg


Walter Bering
Pam and Murray Brasseux
Sue and Charlie Brennig
Anne and Stuart Coco
Nancy and Gary Ellison
Chris Foyt and Blake Orsini
Jason Hanlon
Hope Huber
Jerry Jeanmard and Cliff Helmcamp
Kathy and Alex Johnson
Debbie and Frank Jones
Lynn and Ty Kelly
Anne and Bobby O’Conor
Erin Pikoff
Liz and Robert Rigney
Anne Rodgers
Frank Rynd
Frances and Nick Stephens
Cynthia Urquhart
Martha and Walter “Buzz” White
Elizabeth and Jim Wiggins
Lyn and Scott Wilkinson
Sally and Denney Wright

Thank you to our charitable underwriters.


Ahmad, Zavitsanos and Mensing, P.C.
Marie Fay Evnochides Fund
Kyle and John Kirksey


Jerry Jeanmard and Cliff Helmcamp
Mindy and Jeff Hildebrand
Laurie and Doug Vander Ploeg


Brennig, Jones, and Urquhart Families
Brewster and Hendryx Families
Anne and Stuart Coco
Cogburn, Ellison, Johnson, Rynd and White Families
Karen and Gus Cominskey

Hope Huber and Walter Bering
Dr. and Mrs. Joseph and Cathy Jankovic
Kelly and Rodgers Families
Kerr and Lusk Families
Andi, Cindy and Keith Kreuer
Asha and Renju Jose Kuruvila
Jenny and Niko Lorentzatos
Dr. Laura Marsh
Isla and T.R. Reckling
Dr. Mya Schiess and Dr. Donald Molony
Beth and Jim Wiggins


Amerisource Business Capital
Georgene and Dr. Thomas Brandon
Pam and Murray Brasseux
Buce and Lionberger-Zamora Families
Sheryl and Bob Burleson
Furr and Stimming Families
Gregg and Victor Families
Daphne and Dennis Haskin
Shirley and Dr. Tom Horton
Jennifer Levin and Judy Levin
Caroline Kerr and Andy Lusk
Mohan Kuruvilla and Serena Malhotra
Cissy and Bob Lehman
Medtronic DBS
Total Care 2 U
Jane and Joe Vara
Leslie and Ashwin Viswanathan
W.S. Bellows Construction Corporation
“We Love Laurie”


Jane and Ron Brownlee
Mary Kay Casey
Wendy and Michael Dalton
Ellen and Frank Donnelly
Chris Foyt and Blake Orsini
Ashley and Jeff Hurlbert
Jessica Locheed and Thomas Frank
Cornelia C. Long
Susan and Jim McCuistion
Kimberly and Michael Murphy
Jennifer and Bruce Oakley
Joan Pratka
John Reyes and Elizabeth Spruell
Maureen and Steven Rathgaber
Meg and Steve Rice
Liz and Robert Rigney

Frank Rynd
Teresa and Charlie San Miguel
Bobbie and Billy Scott
Mrs. Ernest Seelhorst
Gaye Tullos
Jane and Jim Wise
Erla and Harry Zuber