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St. Jude Houston Gala

April 22, 2023  |  Houston, Texas

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Join us for the St. Jude Houston Gala on Saturday, April 22, 2023 as we gather to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital: Finding cures. Saving children.®

Celebrate the power of St. Jude within the Houston community. This charity gala features an evening of dinner and cocktails, live and silent auctions with one-of-a-kind experiences, live entertainment and inspiring stories of St. Jude patients and their families.

The impact of St. Jude reaches all corners of the globe. With your support, St. Jude continues its effort to end childhood cancer. Everywhere. Help us continue St. Jude founder Danny Thomas’ dream: “No child should die in the dawn of life.”

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Our Mission Moment: Emmanuel

When native Texan Emmanuel was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a cancer of the eye, at just four years old, he was referred to St. Jude. There, his family learned that to contain the cancer, his left eye would need to be removed.

That has never stopped Emmanuel. Persistence, drive, determination and strength – that has led Emmanuel to where he is today.

See Emmanuel's Story




The Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria
2222 West Loop South
Houston, TX 77027




Saturday, April 22, 2023
6 p.m.

Attire: Black-Tie Optional


Sponsorships and Underwriting Opportunities


Reserve your spot by becoming a sponsor or underwriter today. Sponsors and underwriters receive admission tickets, brand visibility on event signage and promotional materials, and more.


Become a sponsor

By partnering with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and sponsoring this event, you will align your company name with the strong, nationally recognized St. Jude mission and brand, and instill pride in your employees, consumers, vendors and company executives.

For more information on becoming a sponsor, contact:

Karla Wesley


Our sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

Silver Sponsor
Bestway Oilfield – Gassan & Basma Dwairy
James & Suzane Godwin
Triple Tap Ventures

Bronze Sponsors
American Liberty Hospitality
Andaaz Manufacturing
Brewster Procurement Group
City Bank
Don Mafrige
Duane Morris LLP
Embassy Suites – Downtown Houston
Fluor Enterprises, Inc.
Hampton Inn & Homewood Suites by Hilton
Holiday Inn Express-Galleria Area & Stay Bridge Suites
Houston Premier Dematology
JP Morgan Chase
Michael E. Debakey Veterans Hospital, Hilton Garden Inn & Home2Suites by Hilton
Laura Mafrige & Diran Elsaifi
Rasha & Hachem Domloj
Royal White Cement
The Fellowship Club
The Hureau Family
The Peach Orchard
Tony & Pam Lewis
Zakhem Real Estate, LLC

Beverage Underwriter: George F. Korkmas, Tony K's, Home of Fine Spirits
Cocktail Underwriter: James P. Grantham Firm, PLLC.
Cocktail Napkin Underwriter: Karmo Inc.
Décor Underwriter: Data Axle
Dessert Underwriter: Universal Weather & Aviation
Party Favor Underwriter: DZMI


Our committee

Gala Co-Chairs
Amal Zakhem Nassar  •  Vicki Massad

Sponsorship Committee
Giselle Aboud  •  Lara Hajjar  •  Laura Mafrige  •  Neil Michaelsen

Side Event Co-Chairs
Jenny Raffoul  •  Cassandra Tolentino

Auction Chair
Royce Walker


Meet Emmanuel

At age 4, Emmanuel faced a battle that so many never want to face – a cancer diagnosis. Even during treatment and recovery, his upbeat spirit and can-do optimism shined bright for his family and those around him.

Those same attributes radiate from Emmanuel today as he begins his collegiate career and furthers his athletic career on the football field and on the track.

Read Emmanuel's Story


Before Emmanuel left for college, his mother, Regina, penned a letter to her son.

She sat right by Emmanuel's side during the most difficult journey of his life. Now, she transitions into his biggest supporter as he begins a new journey away from home.

Read Regina's Letter to Emmanuel


Every dollar makes a difference*

  1. One red wagon

    Wagons are the preferred mode of travel through the halls of the hospital and around campus for our younger patients.

    Donate $100

  2. One red blood cell transfusion

    Children undergoing treatment for cancer and other life-threatening diseases often need transfusions.

    Donate $250

  3. One hour of physical therapy

    Physical therapy is provided to patients because children with life-threatening diseases like cancer may develop developmental, cognitive or physical impairments as a result of their illnesses and their treatments.

    Donate $500

  4. Parent necessities for 20 patient families

    Parents who bring their children to St. Jude often leave home in a hurry and forget to pack day-to-day necessities such as shampoos, razors, deodorant, toothbrushes and lotion. At Tri Delta Place, our short-term housing facility, parents can obtain these essentials free of charge.

    Donate $1,000

  5. An ultrasound study for a St. Jude patient

    An ultrasound study is among the diagnostic imaging tests that doctors use to diagnose and monitor disease and treatment.

    Donate $2,500

  6. Daily room rate of the ICU

    The Intensive Care Unit at St. Jude has twice been recognized with the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence given by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. In 2009, the St. Jude ICU became Tennessee’s first ICU to win the honor.

    Donate $5,000

  7. Support St. Jude patients and their families

    Your donation will be used to provide breakthrough research, treatment and cures as you join St. Jude in its livesaving mission: Finding cures. Saving children.®

    Donate Any Amount


* Your donation will be used to provide breakthrough research, treatment and cures. Items listed here are representative of services and supplies that are part of the treatment and care of children at St. Jude. The cost of each item or service is an approximation, and will vary based on actual costs incurred and individual patient needs. Your donation will be used for the general operating needs of St. Jude, where no family ever receives a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food.