Success can also be measured by the joy the event brought all our attendees who received a delicious lunch and were present for the honoring of Y. Ping Sun and a special presentation from our keynote speakers, Jessica Buchanan and Erik Landemalm.
More than 400 guests were greeted by girls who assisted in the distribution of raffle tickets. Guests were then shown to their seats to enjoy a delicious southwest chicken salad during the program.
Sharron Melton, ABC13's co-anchor for the morning newscast, kicked off the program by recognizing some very special guests, including former Texas Governor Mark White, Houston City Council Member Ellen Cohen, and Connie Lindsey, GSUSA's former national president and board chair. Event Chair Anne Murphy was honored for her contributions and guidance in planning this year's event, and Kimberly Rawson, business performance consultant with Insperity, received an award on behalf of Insperoty for the company's longtime support of S2S.
This year H-E-B, Comercia Bank, ConocoPhillips, M. Anne Murphy, Northern Trust, Texas Aromatics and Y. Ping Sun proudly honored Kim Prince, Vanessa Reed, Ellen DeSanctis, Joan Masel Murphy, Connie Lindsey, Iska Wire and Sofia Adrogue, respectively, as table honorees.
Y. Ping Sun, the first lady of Rice University, was distinguished as the 2015 Success to Significance Honoree.
In 2006 Y. Ping Sun, with Sara Jane Wilson, started a troop at St. John's School for 30 girls whom they've helped raise from Brownies to Seniors over the past nine years. Ping has accomplished a great deal since moving to Houston in 2003, and for all her accomplishments the City of Houston proclaimed that Thursday, April 23, 2015 to be Y. Ping Sun Day.
To top off the event Jessica Buchanan and her husband Erik Landemalm, our 2015 keynote speakers, spoke to guests about Jessica's kidnapping by Somali pirates and heroic rescue by SEAL Team Six (as told in their memoir Impossible Odds). Very few eyes were left dry as the couple took guests through their journey of separation and survival, and finally their impossible reunion.
For more photographs of the day's events, visit the GSSJC 2015 S2S Facebook Album.
GSSJC once again thanks our sponsors Insperity, H-E-B, The John P. McGovern Foundation, Texas Children's Hospital and Comercia Bank for making this event possible.