31st Annual Friends and Families Luncheon

March 13, 2024
Chairs Nina Rand, Maya Pomroy and Mehgan Wichuk at this year's luncheon.

Community’s generosity shines helping raise over $200,000 for Children's Museum Houston outreach programs

Keynote speaker NewYork Times best-selling author Julie Lythcott-Haims encourages parents to allow kids to walk their own journeys


HOUSTON (March 13, 2024) – Children's Museum Houston celebrated its 31st Annual Friends and Families Luncheon on March 6, a highly anticipated event that brought together 400 attendees in support of the Museum's outreach programs. Chaired by Maya Pomroy, Nina Rand, and Mehgan Wichuk, this year's luncheon proved to be a tremendous success, not only in terms of fundraising but also in delivering an inspiring message to the community.


The luncheon, held at the River Oaks Country Club, was graced by the presence of distinguished guests and supporters of the museum, who gathered to show their commitment to enriching the lives of children through education and exploration. The event raised an impressive sum of over $200,000, which will be instrumental in furthering the Museum's outreach initiatives and ensuring children from all walks of life have access to enriching educational experiences.


A highlight of the luncheon was the keynote address delivered by Julie Lythcott-Haims, a New York Times best-selling author and former Stanford University Dean of Freshmen. Lythcott-Haims captivated the audience with her insightful message, urging parents and caregivers to allow children to forge their own paths and to embrace their individuality. With eloquence and wisdom, she emphasized the importance of respecting children as unique individuals and empowering them to navigate life's challenges with confidence and resilience.


In her address, Lythcott-Haims shared a poignant quote: "Do not prepare the road for the child. Prepare the child for the road." This powerful statement encapsulates the essence of her message, encouraging adults to support children in developing the skills and mindset needed to thrive in an ever-changing world.


KHOU 11 Meteorologist Chita Craft brought her signature charm and warmth to the event, serving as the mistress of ceremonies and guiding guests through an afternoon of inspiration and philanthropy. Her presence added an extra touch of magic to the occasion, captivating attendees and reinforcing the importance of community engagement in supporting meaningful causes.


In addition to the invaluable contributions of attendees, the success of the luncheon was further amplified by the generosity of local businesses. Central Market's donation of exquisite flower centerpieces enhanced the ambiance of the venue, creating an elegant setting for guests to come together in support of the Museum's mission. The Village Bakery also played a vital role in making the event memorable, providing delightful cookie party favors that brought smiles to the faces of attendees.


The event also featured an exciting raffle, with top items including a stunning diamond bar necklace from Reiner Fine Jewelry, a chance to skip the valet line and a luxurious basket of skin products and services from Metropolitan Dermatology Institute. Guests bought tickets hoping to claim these coveted prizes and show their continued support for the Museum's mission.


The success of the 31st Annual Friends and Families Luncheon underscores the unwavering commitment of Children's Museum Houston to provide engaging educational experiences for children and families. Through events like these, the Museum continues to fulfill its mission to transform communities through innovative child-centered learning that improves the trajectories of all children.  


Notable attendees included:  Lindley Arnoldy, Katie Arnoldy, Kristy Bradshaw, Bethany Buchanan, Allison Chavez, Isabel David, Lacey Goossen, Megan Hotze, Melissa Juneau, Nicole Katz, Rishma Mohamed, Katie Morgan, Beth Zdeblick, Alison Powell, Caroline Bean, Natalie Mohtashami, Coble Jorgensen and Holly Radom.