WHAT: Houston Parks Board 2018 Annual Luncheon
WHERE: The Ballroom at Bayou Place
On Tuesday, Houston Parks Board hosted a wonderful luncheon at The Ballroom at Bayou Place. The event raised more than $650,000 for Houston Parks Board and its continued efforts to provide access to parks and greenspace for all communities.
Tuesday, more than 350 of Houston’s strongest parks advocates gathered at The Ballroom at Bayou Place for Houston Parks Board’s 2018 Annual Luncheon. This year’s event theme, “Parks for Everyone,” brought home the importance of greenspace for all and underscored the critical role Bayou Greenways 2020 plays in a more resilient, connected and equitable future for Houston.
The luncheon began with event co-chair David Fitch welcoming guests to The Ballroom at Bayou Place and inviting special guest Mayor Sylvester Turner to the stage. Mayor Turner emphasized the critical role Houston Parks Board and the philanthropic community play in the city’s green infrastructure, and the importance of public-private partnerships in improving quality of life for Houstonians.
Introduced by Houston Parks Board President and CEO Beth White, this year’s luncheon premiered a captivating video, which highlighted the impact of and progress on Bayou Greenways 2020. Significant project milestones included the completion of the Hike-and-Bile Trail Connector in Downtown Houston and multiple groundbreakings along Hunting, Sims and Greens Bayous. Produced by The Black Sheep Agency and ttweak, the video featured insights from Houston Parks Board supporters, includingGuy Hagstette, Vice President of Parks and Civic Projects at Kinder Foundation, and Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Harris County Precinct I.
Tom Bacon, chair of the Board of Directors, closed the afternoon and thanked guests for their support. The event raised more than $650,000 for Houston Parks Board and its continued efforts to provide access to parks and greenspace for all communities.