BEAR the Load with Love Luncheon

BEAR’s biggest fundraiser of the year, the BEAR the Load with Love Luncheon, was held at the River Oaks Country Club on April 18, 2018. This year’s event once again embodied the spirit of JEANerosity, but with a funky, fresh twist! 

Luncheon chairs included Cathy Anderson, Katy Burton, Kari Greenwalt, Mary Lynn Mannon, Betsy Mercer, and Amy Reid, with special decorations help from Sally Condara. These women have all helped with BEAR’s luncheon years prior, and worked very hard to make sure it was an exciting and truly memorable afternoon for all that attend.

BEAR was also thrilled to include guest speaker Josh Shipp in the program, a former foster child who reverberates this message daily: it only takes one caring adult to change the life of a child. More information about Josh and his journey can be found here:

We greatly appreciate everyone that was able to join us this year. You are making a difference in the lives of children in care of Child Protective Services by supporting this occasion. 

Link to our Underwriter Sponsorship form: Groovy luncheon sponsorship levels

Link to purchase tickets or register your guests:

We’d like to extend a THANK YOU to some of this year’s special contributors:

David Quessenberry (in-kind donation of event signage)

Shannon Smith Jewelry

We’d also like to thank our incredible underwriters. This event wouldn’t be possible without all of YOU!

“Funky Far-Out” Flare ($15,000)
John P. McGovern Foundation

Psychedelic Straight Leg ($10,000)
Judge Jane Bland and Sarah Foshee
Betsy and Mike Mercer

Slammin’ Skinny Fit ($5,000)
Claire Baker, Pat Dolan, and Lari Paradee
Ann and Tom Bastian
Cheniere Energy Inc. – Cheniere Cares
Grant Me The Wisdom Foundation
Melissa and Mark Hobbs
Mary Lynn and Dave Mannon/Stallion Oilfield Services
Trini and O.C. Mendenhall Foundation
Joyce and Steve Sandweiss
Whalley Foundation

Hip High Rise ($3,000)
Friends of BEAR
Friends of BEAR, 2
More BEAR Friends
ROBS Friends of BEAR
Cathy and Jim Anderson
Katy Burton and Amy Reid
Mary Charles and Jay Davis
Becky and Phil Eisenberg
Jenny Elkins
The Hildebrand Fund
The Garver Foundation
The Geib Family
Kari and Todd Greenwalt/Bracewell LLP and Jordan and Dylan Seff
James Looke
Patrice McKinney
C Kelly Mooz
Joann and Charles Philpott
Megan Schroeder
Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Cindy Steele and Steve Lopez
Dr. Michael J. Streitman

BEAR Hope and Help ($500)
Sheila Aron
Janet Lindley
Dallas Rowden
Adrienne Vanderbloemen
William Vanderbloemen
Tonja Ward