November 2012 Newsletter




Change Happens! November 2012 Newsletter


2012 Fall Luncheon Highlights

Dorothy Ables Making
Change Happen Hero Award

 Dorothy Ables has been a part of the Change Happens! family since the early 1990’s and has graciously given her skill, time and financial support.  Therefore each year we honor an outstanding individual or organization who have been responsible for changing the lives of children and families in the Greater Houston area, and through their leadership they 

have enhanced the lives




Special Thanks To Our Chairs

Genora Boykins 

Sharon Owens 




Change Happens! Youth Participants 

Kalia Flowers gave a testimonial and expressed how Change Happens! has been a great influence in her young life.


Jonyha Brown performed an inspirational dance to “Beautiful Feet”.

Change Happens! youth participants did a great job as hostesses and directed individuals to their tables.

All of our youth did such an awesome job and we are extremely proud of you!!!




Jerome Gray and
Matthew Barnes 

Jerome Gray did a fantastic job as Emcee and Matthew Barnes gracefully led the luncheon in a prayer that was inspired by his daughter.

Jerome Gray

Matthew Barnes




CenterPoint Energy donated the Programs

Randall’s donated the Centerpieces.



We appreciate our

2012 Fall Luncheon Sponsors

Comerica Bank,
Satterfield & Pontikes,

Fiesta Mart, Comcast,
 Capital One,
Reliant Energy, Macy’s,

Guidry & Associates,

Strake Foundation,

Melanie Gray & Mark Wawro,

Perry Lee Home HealthCare,

Dorothy & Mickey Ables,

Carla Knobloch,

Monica Johnson,

Rev. Leslie Smith II,
Colliers International

Kinder Morgan Foundation,

Smith Graham,

Robbyn Johnson,

Bennie Ferrell Catering,

Pam & Murray Brasseux,

and Tommy Portley



Please take a moment to view our 2012 Making Change Happen Video which highlights our programs and services.


A Word From Rev. Leslie Smith

I always look forward to our Annual “Making Change Happen! Fall Luncheon.  It gives me an opportunity to fellowship with a group of great individuals that believe in the vision & dream of “making change happen” in the lives of others. I would like to give a special thank you to all of our Sponsor’s, Board Members, Chairs and Host Committee that helped us to have a successful event.  It is such a great feeling to have so many caring individuals that help support the dream and for helping us bridge the gap in reaching over 100,000 individuals every year.  Last night I had an opportunity to experience the play “Cinderella” at The Ensemble Theater by the African American Shakespeare Company.  This play will definitely  make you laugh and cry.  Although it was a fictional production I couldn’t help but to think about the children in the third ward community.  They too face unfortunate disadvantages and are automatically stereotyped because of their situation. The roles in Cinderella are a celebration of the better side of life in the “hood”. That is exactly what we are doing here at Change Happens! showing individuals that even though they live in a poverty stricken area there are still opportunities available for them. I hope you have a chance to see the play you will truly enjoy it.


If you weren’t able to join us this year for our Annual Fall Luncheon~ hopefully you will be able to fellowship with us next year on November 1, 2013 and help us to continue to reach our goal of “empowering families to help themselves”.








2012 Fall Luncheon Photo Gallery








The dynamic trio “Soulfruit” opened the
program with”Beautiful”.






Change Happens! Staff and Volunteers



This phenomenal group of individuals worked diligently to help make this day a great success.




Save The Date

“Making Change Happen”

9th Annual Fall Luncheon

November 1, 2013

The Junior League of Houston

1811 Briar Oaks Lane

Houston, TX  77027

For sponsorship information or ticket information contact Anita Bates

713-374-1291 or


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