2023 TOP 20 IMPACT MAKERS HONOREES
CKW LUXE is delighted to announce its Top 20 Impact Makers Honorees for 2023. We invite you to read about their many accomplishments here.
Also, don’t miss our upcoming issue, Winter/Fall 2023, which will feature our honorees.
Saturday, February 25, 2023, 6:30 P.M.
at Four Seasons Hotel Houston
Dr. Peter and Honorable Theresa Chang, Dr. Diana Collins, Dr. William and Teresa Reading, Gule Andrabi, Farida Abjani, Flora and Francis Choy, Katya Dow, Brigitte Kalai,
Nat and Leela Krishnamurthy, and Jane Wagner
The daughters of doctors, Dr. Gurur Biliciler-Denktas and Dr. Suur Biliciler were born to follow in their parents’ footsteps caring for and treating patients and advocating for women in their professional and family life.
Sybil Friedenthal Roos and Ginger Bertrand believe in the importance of community and are dedicated to championing children and supporting the arts.
Tanya B. Pal and Rick Pal are vital supporters of the nonprofit and entrepreneurial communities promoting enterprise, health, and education.
Chelsi Yates and Phillip Yates have a strong sense of their community and are immersed in assisting its members through their work and participation in charitable organizations.
Nory Angel believes in the power of community and in the impact we can have when we activate our collective leadership.
For as long as she can remember, Elsie Eckert’s philanthropic mantra has been, “It is a great honor to support and give back to my community.”
Harriet Gertner is one of Houston’s living legends. She has a generous and giving heart, always wears a smile, and has spent her life spearheading important causes.
Deborah Gordon is passionate about supporting good health, striving for equity, and empowering others – whether she’s at work or out in the community.
Cora Sue Mach fills her life with the love of family, the kinship of good friends, the joy of music, and the pleasure of giving back to the community she cares so much about.
Rania Mankarious is a fearless champion for the causes of public safety, the welfare of families and children, and the betterment of society.
As well as being a savvy businesswoman, Judi McGee has selflessly committed herself to a life as a humanitarian, a patron of the arts, and a defender of children and animals.
Roslyn Bazzelle Mitchell is a fierce advocate for her clients and the causes that speak to her heart.
Rani Puranik is a business leader and innovator who believes in the importance of collaboration and empowering others.
Heidi Helton Rockecharlie is a masterful fundraiser who champions others from behind the scenes creating a center stage for their accomplishments in community service.
Vicki West is a champion of community outreach and the arts, having followed the example of her mother throughout her life, and is also an enthusiastic follower of fashion.
Sherri Zucker’s passionate and artistic nature makes her an ideal fit for many notable Houston nonprofits to which she donates her support, creative abilities, and energy.
Dr. Majid Basit is a dedicated physician who devotes himself to his patients, educating and mentoring medical students, conducting research, and sharing his medical knowledge.
Dr. Franklin Rose is a plastic surgeon dedicated to helping every patient look their best, while feeling the very best about themselves, and to providing certain charitable procedures to survivors of breast cancer.
Honoring Twenty of Houston’s Most Dedicated Citizens
CKW LUXE looks to the future with hope with its prestigious Top 20 Impact Makers Awards Gala for 2023
On Saturday, February 25, 2023, the elegant Four Seasons Hotel Houston hosted twenty of the city’s most devoted philanthropists, and those who were there to celebrate them, for the 2023 CKW LUXE Top 20 Impact Makers Awards Gala. The important awards are bestowed annually upon power couples, dedicated sisters, and inspiring mother/father and daughter/son duos, women, men, and youth. Those honored with an Impact Makers Award are humanitarians who are generous in their support of others, dedicated to improving lives and living conditions, and devoted to finding better ways of helping. They have made an achievement that has had a positive impact on some area of the arts, science, education, humanitarianism, or medicine within our community.
Dr. Peter Chang and Honorable Theresa Chang, Dr. Diana Collins, William H. Reading MD and Teresa Reading RN, Gule Andrabi and Dr. Sara Andrabi, Farida Abjani, Francis Choy and Flora Choy, Katya Dow, Brigitte Kalai, Nat Krishnamurthy and Leela Krishnamurthy, and Jane B. Wagner formed the host committee for the festive evening. Gina Gaston of KTRK-TV, ABC 13 emceed.
Upon their arrival, the Four Seasons ballroom, awash in emerald green, had guests believing they had entered the Emerald City. As far as the eye could see, the opulent hue, a symbol of prosperity and renewal, was reflected in the cathedral-arch-inspired backdrop framing the stage to the floral arrangements and striking table décor. Gracing each chair, a copy of the latest issue of CKW LUXE magazine with its eye-catching cover, mirrored the evening’s colorful theme.
Tommy Kuranoff, General Manager of Momentum BMW Southwest, was presented with a certificate of appreciation for the support the company has given CKW LUXE since its inception. Connie Kwan-Wong, publisher of CKW LUXE magazine, welcomed attendees and thanked them for their loyalty to the magazine and its goals. She also congratulated the evening’s honorees, thanking them for their many contributions to the City of Houston.
Before introducing the 2023 Impact Makers Honorees, Gaston invited former Top 20 Impact Makers Awards recipients to the stage. Past honorees in attendance were: Farida Abjani, Gule and Sara Andrabi, Astley Blair, Susan Boggio, Cheryl Byington, Dr. Andrea Caracostis, Dr. Peter Chang and Honorable Theresa Chang, Donna Cole, Dr. Diana Collins, Sidney Faust, Kinga Ferguson, Gina Gaston, Dr. Karen Gray, Leisa Holland-Nelson, Brigitte Kalai, Leela and Nat Krishnamurthy, Rozina Mohammad, Dr. Susan Snider Osterberg, Teresa Reading, Dr. William Reading, Cindi Rose, Sybil Roos, Leslie Siller, Nancy Li-Tarim and Dr. Soner Tarim, Betty Tutor and Jess Tutor, Hallie Vanderhider, Jane Wagner, Jerre Williams, Beth Wolff, and Clarease Yates.
The moment everyone was waiting for arrived when Gaston introduced CKW LUXE’s Top 20 Impact Makers for 2023 and Kwan-Wong presented them with their awards. Each award winner also received a certificate of appreciation from the City of Houston. The honors were bestowed by Sugar Land City Council member Carol McCutcheon and Houston City Council member Michael Kubosh.
CKW LUXE’s Top 20 Impact Makers for 2023
Top 20 Dedicated Sisters Impact Makers
Dr. Gurur Biliciler-Denktas and Dr. Suur Biliciler
Top 20 Inspiring Mother Daughter Duo Impact Makers
Sybil Friedenthal Roos and Ginger Bertrand
Top 20 Power Couple Impact Makers
Tanya B. Pal and Rick Pal
Chelsi Yates and Phillip Yates
Top 20 Inspiring Woman Impact Makers
Cora Sue Mach
Roslyn Bazzelle Mitchell
Heidi Helton Rockecharlie
Top 20 Inspiring Man Impact Makers
Dr. Majid Basit
Dr. Franklin Rose
During the dinner break, honorees and attendees were treated to an outstanding performance by “Houston Elvis” performing Hound Dog and Fools Rush In. Houston Elvis delighted guests further by mingling with the crowd and posing for pictures with them. After the award presentations, “Epic Jackson” thrilled the audience by performing Thriller, Beat It, and Man in the Mirror. To close the ebullient night, guests remained for the after-party and had a chance to dance with the evening’s performers.
Kwan-Wong closed the event by once again thanking everyone for their attendance and ongoing encouragement.
CKW LUXE would like to express its sincere gratitude to the evening’s presenting sponsor, Momentum BMW Southwest. CKW LUXE would also like to thank its Wisdom Sponsors: Cora Sue Mach; Deborah Gordon - Memorial Hermann; Elsie Eckert and Sidney Faust; Sybil Friedenthal Roos and Ginger Bertrand, and the host committee. Thank you, also, to its Kindness Sponsors: Casa Dei Bambini – Petite Maison – Rosina Ali Mohammad and Sherri Zucker. And thank you to its Caring Sponsors: Friends of CKW, Dr. Gurur Biliciler-Denktas and Dr. Suur Biliciler, Heidi Helton Rockecharlie, Honorable Theresa Chang and Dr. Peter Chang, Nasruddin Rupani, Nory Angel – American Leadership Forum/Art Chavez, and Rani Puranik.
As well, CKW LUXE would like to express its appreciation to the event sponsors: Elevated AV Production, creating extraordinary events for all occasions; Petite Maison Montessori, providing exceptional education for young children; Gule Andrabi, educating children through Montessori teaching; William H. Reading MD and Teresa Reading RN, offering compassionate psychiatric services; Aging Gracefully, providing specialized services that give the right care at the right time; We Care Diana Collins MD, specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry; Dr. Danh Q. Le and Thanh Le, offering outstanding chiropractic and printing services; after-party sponsor, Brigitte Kalai; and M&V Decorations, designing spectacular event spaces.
Without the assistance of everyone above, the event would not have been the memorable success it was.
About CKW LUXE Magazine
CKW LUXE magazine is a philanthropic, inspirational, and quality living magazine. The three letters in our name, CKW, stand for Caring, Kindness, and Wisdom, encouraging us to CARE for one and all, treat everyone with KINDNESS, and be WISE in our understanding of others. The purpose of the magazine is to share enlightening stories that spread the message of love, hope, and positivity.