Yes to Youth Gala

Elaborate costumes and intricate décor blew guests away as they entered the Ignite Their Light Yes to Youth Gala, a themed event benefitting Yes to Youth. The ballroom was striking with ornate lighting and elegant floral centerpieces. The lights served as a reminder for the cause-inspiring and helping children who have experienced difficult hardships. The Yes to Youth Gala, presented by Tricia and Jack Futcher, was chaired by Katrina Savage and Michelle Maggert, and honored Tom Pisula as well as Waste Connections.

The evening benefited Yes to Youth Montgomery County Youth Services, a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping youth and their families overcome challenges. Yes to Youth offers crisis counseling, shelter programs, and prevention services aimed to keep youth in school and prepare them to be productive citizens.

Haley Garcia and Travis Ellard

The evening was full of powerful, emotional moments. A special dance performance to “This is Us’ by Boni’s Dance and Performing Arts Studio kicked off the night. Katrina Savage and Michelle Maggert, the Gala Chairs, shared various testimonies explaining the profound impact that this organization has had on so many. A powerful music performance by Theresa Black, Hannah Johnson, and Special Guests left the audience moved and inspired to give back. The live auction and raffle concluded the evening. The attendees left the Yes to Youth Gala with a kindled spark to truly Ignite Their Light and make a difference in the lives of others.

Patti, Dr. Lucian Rivela, Dr. Ann, and Jerry Snyder

Linda Freede, Worthing Jackman, Keith Gordan, and Michelle Little

Live Auction

Bret and Angela Strong

Art N Fashion 2019

Fashion and philanthropy joined forces at the second Art N Fashion event benefitting local charities at Glade Arts Foundation this week. The New York fashion-themed event featured stunning looks from Max Mara and Norton Ditto Pret-a-Porter Couture. Guests donned their party chic attire to support Angel Reach, Glade Arts Foundation, HOPE, Operation Pets Alive and Yes to Youth!

After walking the red carpet, guests mixed and mingled while visiting exclusive designer booths and dining on spectacular food compliments of TRIS. The theme for the evening was Couples for Causes. Dr. Ann Snyder served as emcee, Jacki Kilgore was the auctioneer, and Manny Patel was the DJ. Thanks to the generosity of the partnering sponsors including Designer Divas, Simran Rihal, Kink Team Luxe, Vander Dys Jewelers, Yee Plastic Surgery, Tris, Norton Ditto, Max Mara, and Neiman Marcus among others, 100% of the proceeds went directly to the five non-profit organizations to benefit their programs in our community.

Art N Fashion was the vision of Kashay Mendes, owner of Designer Divas. The idea was conceived as a way to benefit multiple charities and celebrate fashion and art in the process. This year’s event was in Ms. Mendes’ words, “epic” due to two fundamental changes in Art N Fashion. The event moved from a daytime fashion show to an evening event. Another new addition was moving from female community models to featuring couples in the fashion show who were passionate about supporting the causes featured. The men fully embraced the challenge and really brought the fun and laughter to the amazing show, helping raise substantial funds for the designated charities. “I love to make changes in causes, but also in people as well, I want to touch as many lives as possible- to make a difference. It was so amazing to watch the couples bond and evolve in this process.”

Dr. Brian & Shirelle Chimenti

Karen Mixon, Alison Yee, Elisabeth Stavinoha

Bruce & Diane Kink

Dr. Lucian & Patti Rivela

Mike & Ally Seder

Herndons walk for HOPE

Teresa Alici, Haydar & Ebru Kustu

Heidi Hite and Bobby Davis

Larry & Rhonda Salerno, Sean & Tracey O’Neal

Marina Silver, Monette Smith, Tammy Schroeder

Kashay Mendes, Elvira Graham

Dragos Tapu

Lisa Fifield, Triston Fifield, Michele Till

To learn more about the charities featured at Art N Fashion visit the following links:


Angel Reach-

Operation Pets Alive-

Glade Arts Foundation-

Yes to Youth-

Yes to Youth- Montgomery County Youth Services 40th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon

YES to YOUTH- Montgomery County Youth Services celebrated 40 years of serving at-risk youth in our community with a luncheon honoring Sylvia Caracio for her 21 years of service with the organization. However, rather than resting on this impressive milestone, YES to YOUTH took the opportunity to kick off a capital campaign to fund the expansion of the BridgeWayShelter. The expansion will allow Yes to Youth to double the capacity of the children they will be able to serve and protect.

The luncheon, held in the Legacy Ballroom at The Woodlands Country Club, featured American illusionist and magician Jason Bishop who performs one of the largest touring off-broadway shows in the United States. Mr. Bishop dazzled the crowd with his wit and astounding magic tricks. Jason Bishop also shared his powerful story of a difficult early life and growing up in foster homes. He was happy to share the difference programs like Yes to Youth made in helping him dream and achieve a better future.

Shelly Givens and Debbye Jones

Jason Bishop, Dr. Lucian Rivela, Linda Freede

Susan Fordyce, Sylvia Caracio, Dan Fordyce

Jody Collins, Melanie Stella, Tricia Kingdon, Karen Bilsing, Linda Nelson

Jason Bishop performing his magic show with dog “Gizmo” and his assistant

Sylvia Caracio, Anna Jones

Zack Richmond – Richmond Realty Group, YES to YOUTH Board Member, Ellen Schmoyer – Jason Bishop Technical Director, Dannette Suding – YES to YOUTH CEO, Jason Bishop – Illusionist, Kim Hess – Jason’s Assistant, Gizmo The Dog

Dr. Lloyd Everson, Jacque Everson – YES to YOUTH Board Treasurer, Sherry Smith, Sylvia Caracio, Peg Welbes, Tim Welbes

Dannette Suding – YES to YOUTH CEO, Sylvia Caracio, Heather Washburn – District Director for U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady

YES to YOUTH – Montgomery County Youth Services has five counseling offices that offer individual, group and family mental health counseling, suicide prevention services for youth and families, street outreach for homeless teens, and healthy support programs for pregnant and parenting teens. The BridgeWayEmergency Youth Shelter provides a home to abused, neglected and sex trafficked youth. For more information about Yes to Youth visit

Yes to Youth: An Evening of Dreams

Chairs: Laura Everson & Katrina Savage
Presented by Tricia & Jack Futcher and honored Jacque & Lloyd Everson

A beautiful snow fairy greeted guests as they arrived for An Evening of Dreams, a themed gala benefitting Yes to Youth. The ballroom had a whimsical feel, with ornate, winter-themed décor that transported guests to a magical, winter wonderland in spite of the Houston heat. The Yes to Youth Gala, presented by Tricia and Jack Futcher, was chaired by Laura Everson and Katrina Savage, and it honored Jacque & Lloyd Everson.

The evening benefited Montgomery County Youth Services (MCYS), a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to committing time and effort to help youth and their families face and overcome challenges. MCYS offers crisis counseling, shelter programs and prevention services aimed to keep youth in school and prepare them to be productive citizens.

The evening was full of powerful, emotional moments, including remarks by Yes to Youth Gala chair Laura Everson and the CEO of Yes to Youth, Dannette Suding. Dannette relayed poignant stories of the troubled young people Montgomery County Youth Services has helped. Her message, “together we save lives,” galvanized the audience, and over $723,000 was raised for the cause.

A beautiful rendition of the Hallelujah chorus performed by Marlies Ledbetter brought the evening to a close. There was not a dry eye in the ballroom as touching images flashed across the screen, relaying the gripping struggles that our area youth experience daily.