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. 

It was an enchanted evening with hundreds of guests who showed up to eat, drink and be charitable on Sunday, October 15th. HAPS’ biggest fundraising event of the year sold out before the invitations went to print! A wonderful time was had by all at this year’s Eat, Drink and Be Charitable gala at the Hotel ZaZa Museum District.

The evening included dinner and lots of fun with a wine pull, raffle, Heads or Tails game, live auction and paddles up for guests to show their support!

HAPS extends a huge thank you to all our underwriters, in-kind donors, and attendees. Special thanks to our awesome Event Chairs Laurie and Doug Vander Ploeg, Master of Ceremonies & Auctioneer Johnny Bravo, HAPS Client Speaker Leslie Balthazar, Tenenbaum Jewelers for sponsoring the raffle, and Mariquita Masterson for sponsoring the super fun Heads or Tails game!

Stay tuned for photos from this year’s event. Contact LaCresha Lamb at or 713.806.9292 if you would like to know more about next year’s event.

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


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


Brennig, Jones, and Urquhart Families
Brewster and Hendryx Families
Rosalie and Joiner Cartwright Foundation
Anne and Stuart Coco
Cogburn, Ellison, Johnson, Rynd and White Families
Karen and Gus Comiskey

Houston Methodist
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
Caroline Kerr and Andy Lusk
Mohan Kuruvilla and Serena Malhotra
Cissy and Bob Lehman
Jennifer Levin and Judy Levin
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
Carrie and Curtis Carlson
Mary Kay Casey
Angela and Kenneth Cotie
Wendy and Michael Dalton
Ellen and Frank Donnelly
Mary and Doug Erwin
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
Maureen and Steven Rathgaber
John Reyes and Elizabeth Spruell
Meg and Steve Rice
Liz and Robert Rigney

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