Triumph Luncheon Wrap-Up

Our first ever Triumph luncheon was held on Friday, November 18 at the Royal Sonesta and indeed was a triumph!  520 guests dined on a tasty fall meal in the great company of the many friends and supporters who turned out to celebrate the mission of The Women’s Home, pay tribute to our distinguished honorees and be mesmerized by the keynote speaker, Amanda Lindhout.  Most importantly, those in attendance raised a record-breaking $357,000 to forward the work of their beloved organization.  Highlights included a stunning solo by singer Kenneth Gayle, a moving and funny speech by Lifetime Achievement honorée, Diane Riley and the beautiful story of survival and forgiveness delivered by Amanda Lindhout.

In addition to Diane, other honorees included, Bank of America represented by David Ruiz for corporate community support; long-time board member, Jackie Phillips for leadership; and Ashley Brown Ruiz for program excellence.  Each received a stunning glass award as they took to the stage for their ovations.

Kudos to chairs Donae Chramosta, Kristen McDaniel, Karen Redden and Jo Reid for a beautifully choreographed event from start to finish.  Each gave their special touch to the event and drove home a grand success.

Although every single gift made this success possible, please refer to the listing below for recognition of underwriters for the event.


The Riley Family

John and Diane / Tom and Lizabeth / Pat and Bea /

Beth and Marcus St. Raymond


Admiral Transfer & Rigging, Inc.

Joan Amoroso / Adele Pieper

Bank of America

Dr. Brené Brown

Anne S. and Albert Chao

John P. McGovern Foundation

John Riley’s Saturday Morning Golf Group

Fay and Salim Zakhem


Peg Austin / Gerry Ordway

Cathay Bank

The Robert and Jane Cizik Foundation

Kristen McDaniel

Trini Mendenhall

Northern Trust

Jackie Phillips

Post Oak Bank

Regina and David Sheil

Lisa Stewart

Marcia Tapp in memory of Katie Chaney


Mary S. Axelrad

Baker Hughes Foundation

Lisa and Walker Barnett

Donae and Rob Chramosta – The Vintage Contessa

Cindy de Moya / Laurie Gutierrez / Kay Walther

Jim Drew

Diane’s Bosom Buddies

Friends of Diane Riley

Karen and Larry George

Mandy Kao / Dr. Sippi Khurana

Jen and JC Kneale

Irene Liberatos and Michael Westergren

Linda Lewis

Christine S. Lukens

J’Anne Rawson

Karen Kash and Joe W. Redden, Jr.

Jo Reid

Darlene Walker and Reagan Redman

Deborah Bay and Edgar Browning

Rachael Volz / A Fare Extraordinaire

Mickie Winborn

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