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Heart of Gold Celebration


James "Doug" Pitcock, Jr.,
Chairman and CEO of Williams Brothers Construction, with the 2014 Alice Graham Baker Crusader Award

Featuring Bruce Katz, Brookings Institution Vice President and Founding Director, Metropolitan Policy Program

Thursday, February 6, 2014
12:00 Noon to 1:30 P.M.
Hilton Americas Hotel
1600 Lamar Street
Houston, Texas 77010

Please join us on February 6 for the 2014 Heart of Gold Celebration as more than 650 local, regional and national leaders celebrate the vision of our founder, Mrs. Alice Graham Baker, and recognize the generous investors who make our work possible. Proceeds support community initiatives that foster educational achievement, financial well-being and engaged residents equipped to invest in the leadership and growth of their communities. Click here for details of associated benefits and recognition for your generous sponsorship.

2014 Heart of Gold Celebration Chair
Tommy Inglesby,
Cobalt International Energy

2014 Heart of Gold Celebration Host Committee
Ed Allday,
Community Leader
Mike Ballases,
Community Leader
Carolyn Burke,
Michael Dokupil,
SFC Capital Management
Melissa L. Edwards,
Community Leader
Gwen Emmett,
Community Leader
Holly Jones,
Wells Fargo
Margaret Kripke, Ph.D.,
Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas
Alisdair MacLean,
Eric Marin,
MFR Solutions
Lisa Mellencamp,
Enterprise Products
Carleton Riser,

Neighborhood Centers contributes to the success of Houston, transforming communities. For good. We build on the strengths that exist within all people and communities, providing support that empowers individuals to achieve their goals and transform their neighborhoods into vibrant communities. In 2012, we impacted 404,010 lives, helping to create enduring change that promotes individual independence, community stability and economic growth.

The 2013 Heart of Gold Celebration honoring Welcome Wilson, Sr. and Welcome Wilson, Jr. was held on February 5, 2013. Click here to view photos from the luncheon.