Honoring Those Who Help the Homeless

The 2019 Women of Substance Luncheon Raises Funds for the Mission of Yahweh

Women of Substance 2019

Dr. Sippi & Ajay Khurana

Women of Substance 2019


Photo Credits: Daniel Ortiz,  Quy Tran

General Editor: Margaret MacMillan

Publisher: Connie Kwan-Wong


The Celebration

The sun shone brightly on the Hyatt Regency Houston when it welcomed 480 guests for the 2019 Women of Substance Luncheon. The annual event recognizes women who contribute their time and assistance to help their communities and raises funds for the Mission of Yahweh, a homeless shelter for women and children. Sherri Zucker and Amy Pierce chaired the successful event and Rose Cullen and Regina Rogers were the honorary chairs. Actress Lindsay Wagner was the special guest. The creator and producer was Paul-David Atta of PDV Events and the special advisor was Warner Roberts.

The Story

Barbara Taylor Bradford’s book, Women of Substance, which celebrates the 40th year of its release this year, is the inspiration for the luncheon. The 2019 fundraiser was dedicated to the author’s husband, television producer Bob Bradford, who recently passed away. Special guest, Lindsay Wagner, appeared in many of his productions and is a dear friend of the Bradfords’.

The Moments

On their way to the beautifully appointed ballroom, attendees were greeted with a Champagne raffle.

Susan Boggio, Lesha Elsenbrook, Diane Gendel, Winell Herron, Dr. Sippi Khurana, Joanna Marks, Hannah McNair, Rachel Regan, Millette Sherman, Michelle Smith, Hallie Vanderhider, and Beth Wolff were recognized as the 2019 Women of Substance.Joanne King Herring received the Lifetime of Substance award.

The successful event raised $500,000 for the Mission of Yahweh.

Guests:John Blaisdell, Janice McNair, Kristina Somerville, Mary Gracely, Bill King, Suzanne Ebrahimi, Samantha Kennedy, Lisa Holthouse, Trini Mendenhall, Maria Bush, Janelle Reid, Andrew Gardener, Haag Sherman, Bobbie Weinstein, Alicia Smith, Laurel D'Antoni, Brigitte Kalai, Charlie Hartland, Jan Duncan, Gregg Harrison, Joan Schnitzer-Levy, Tom Elsenbrook, Brittany Zucker, Charity Yarborough, Anne Romano, Scott Evans, Lisa Simon, Dr. Amita Bhalla, Farida Abjani, and Tom Elsenbrook.


About the Mission of Yahweh

The Mission of Yahweh is a faith-based, non-denominational emergency and transitional shelter located in Houston, Texas that empowers, enriches and restores the lives of homeless women and children and provides outreach services to low-income families in our community. The Mission has served Houston’s homeless women and their children since 1961.