Eight local Fort Bend County women recently attended a luncheon they will not soon forget, for they dined with the First Lady of Philanthropy, Dr. Carolyn Farb.
Farb is known around the globe not only for her fundraising efforts and events, but also as a successful author, businesswoman, art collector and so much more. In the past 30 years she has raised over $50 million for charities around the world, but mainly in Houston. This time though, she was supporting an event which assists Fort Bend County military.
“The Impact A Hero Weekend, held in Sugar Land recently, gave area residents the opportunity to support our severely wounded servicemen and women as they return home from the war. Part of the three-day event also included an auction, in which one of the items was lunch with Carolyn Farb, an item which sold out within ten minutes of being announced,” said Candace Cagle, previous auction organizer and volunteer, Impact a Hero.
The winning ladies of this special auction item, agree, it was a luncheon that changed their outlook in many different ways. The winners are active in the mental health challenges Fort Bend County faces daily, which was a main topic at lunch at Willie G’s on Post Oak.
According to those attending, one of the reasons they wanted to win this item was to hear from Dr. Farb suggestions and fundraising lessons which she has already mastered.
“The luncheon had a real impact on all of us who attended and she provided so many different ideas, mainly to think out of the box visualizes more hope to erase the sigma for mental health issues,” said Barbara Stegmann, president, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Fort Bend.
Teresa Cox Reading, RN, Board of Directors, Mental Health America, Fort Bend noted, “Carolyn is a truly compassionate person. She not only talks with her words -but with her heart. She is both personable and savvy. Everyone present was involved in a synergy that was both exciting and full of passion involving Mental Health and our community/society. Carolyn’s ideas were “out of the box” kind of inspirations that were both practical and creative.”
“What an amazing group of women who are making an impact in so many ways on behalf of our wounded heroes who have come back from Afghanistan and Iraq. The war weighs so heavily on these young men and women and the coming home is a tremendous adjustment. It was interesting to have a brainstorming session on the best ways to be effective with reaching out to legislators, local law enforcement in the ways they treat not just veterans, but others with mental issues, and how to raise the funds needed to make the changes. The experience was both uplifting and empowering,” Farb said.
The mentally challenged in Fort Bend do not have a safe haven to go when in crisis, except to jail, and these professional women want to change that. With their renewed energy and a host of ideas from Dr. Farb, they have already begun making plans to make a difference in Fort Bend County.