Previous Events

A Crucial and Candid Conversation

On June 10, 2020, LEAD engaged in a crucial and candid conversation about race relations. Our panelist, pictured above, shared their experiences and wisdom. They led us to further understanding different perspectives. They challenged us to extend and practice empathy. LEAD created a platform to hear the needs of our community members and our youth. We were honored to share the night with over 200 community members across America. Together, each of us was challenged to do our part in making sure that this world allows access for everyone to achieve their dreams.

Mardi Gras: A Charity Masquerade 2020

The Astorian was transformed into "The Big Easy" on Fat Tuesday. Merci Beaucoup! Thank you for helping us reach our fundraising goal at our Mardi Gras Masquerade. Your generosity allows our year-round character development program to thrive. Our LEADers receive impactful experiences and opportunities through our program. Many thanks to all of the sponsors, guests, and donors for investing in the lives of our student LEADers!!

Poker with a Purpose 2019

Poker with a Purpose 2019 was awesome!! Congratulations to our poker winner, John G!! Many thanks to all who supported LEAD. Thank you for sponsoring, purchasing tickets, inviting friends, giving to our cause, donating in kind gifts, volunteering, and attending our fundraiser. Each and every contribution made our event benefiting at-risk inner-city middle school students across Houston a successful one. As a result of your generosity, LEAD raised more than $130,000.00 at Poker with A Purpose 2019!! Many thanks to Kirby Ice House, iHost Poker, Modesto on the grill and Satellite Pizza for an incredible event.

DREAMfest 2018

New and faithful Friends of LEAD, thank you for coming out to Evelyn's Park to support us at DREAMfest! Pumpkin painting, family fun, good music, food trucks, carnival games and more!! WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR OUR Generous Sponsors: Claire and David de Roode, Anna and Juan Chavero, and Reed and Billy Wareing , Corporate Sponsor: JetBlue, and Awesome Vendors: DJ SheJam, Juliette, Kona Ice, Foreign Policy Food Truck, and Satellite Pizza. Our gracious Volunteers and Youth Ambassadors are truly appreciated. Thank you, Gerry and Lou Waters, for sharing Hippysaurus with us!

Poker with a Purpose 2018

Our first Poker with a Purpose tournament at Kirby Ice House was a success. Congratulations to our grand-prize winner, Jack C! He currently holds both bragging rights and the prized, handsome, golden-hoofed unicorn pictured above. A heartfelt thanks to our sponsors and attendees for helping us raise $80,000.00 to support our student LEADers! Your generosity will assist in covering our culminating experience to Teton Science Schools in Jackson, Wyoming. Thank you to those who played Poker and Blackjack, purchased equipment and necessary items for our students from the Big Board, and participated in our raffle and silent auction. Many thanks to our hard-working volunteers, talented food truck chefs, iHost Poker, and Kirby Ice House for making our event run smoothly.