Going for Gold:

The second annual St. Jude Gold Luncheon was a philanthropic family event 

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Designer Nicholas, Brigitte Kalai (Co-Chair), Sneha Merchant (Co-Chair) and Designer Khanh
Designer Nicholas, Brigitte Kalai (Co-Chair), Sneha Merchant (Co-Chair) and Designer Khanh

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Honoree Family- Rob & Amy Pierce with Kaitlyn (12), and Kamren (8)
Honoree Family- Rob & Amy Pierce with Kaitlyn (12), and Kamren (8)

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Maha Rasheed Saeed Khan & Susan V Boggio
Maha Rasheed Saeed Khan & Susan V Boggio

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Designer Nicholas, Brigitte Kalai (Co-Chair), Sneha Merchant (Co-Chair) and Designer Khanh
Designer Nicholas, Brigitte Kalai (Co-Chair), Sneha Merchant (Co-Chair) and Designer Khanh

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Photo Credit: Quy Tran Photography

Designer Nicholas, Brigitte Kalai (Co-Chair), Sneha Merchant (Co-Chair) and Designer Khanh
Designer Nicholas, Brigitte Kalai (Co-Chair), Sneha Merchant (Co-Chair) and Designer Khanh
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Honoree Family- Rob & Amy Pierce with Kaitlyn (12), and Kamren (8)
Honoree Family- Rob & Amy Pierce with Kaitlyn (12), and Kamren (8)
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Honoree Family- Keith McWilliams and Shawntell McWilliams
Honoree Family- Keith McWilliams and Shawntell McWilliams
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Honoree Family- Dr. Charles , Tammie Johnson and Family
Honoree Family- Dr. Charles , Tammie Johnson and Family
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Honoree Family- Yasmine Haddad and Daughter Tatiana
Honoree Family- Yasmine Haddad and Daughter Tatiana
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Hallie Vanderhider, Yasmine Haddad and Alicia Maguire Smith
Hallie Vanderhider, Yasmine Haddad and Alicia Maguire Smith
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Duyen Nguyen & Sippi Khurana
Duyen Nguyen & Sippi Khurana
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Shamika Johnson & Carolyn Farb
Shamika Johnson & Carolyn Farb
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Ballroom
Ballroom
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Brandi Smith
Brandi Smith
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Pre-function
Pre-function
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Nha Khanh
Nha Khanh
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Minerva Suarez, Brandi Smith, Dana Tyson and Pastor Giraud
Minerva Suarez, Brandi Smith, Dana Tyson and Pastor Giraud
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Nha Khanh Final Photo
Nha Khanh Final Photo
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Nha Khanh Dress
Nha Khanh Dress
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Nha Khanh Dress- 2
Nha Khanh Dress- 2
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Maha Rasheed Saeed Khan & Susan V Boggio
Maha Rasheed Saeed Khan & Susan V Boggio
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The Celebration

Houston’s most generous families gathered at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for the second annual St. Jude Gold Luncheon. Brandi Smith of KHOU 11 served as the master of ceremonies for the inspiring event, which honored the families of Rob and Amy Pierce, Dr. Charles and Tammie Johnson, Keith and Shawntell McWilliams, and Yasmine Haddad.

The Story

In support of the celebration of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s lifesaving mission, Nha Khanh and Mysterious by NPN kicked off the event with an exclusive fashion show displaying their striking designs. Produced by Angel Woolsey, the show featured models from the Page Parkes Center of Modeling and Acting. 

The Moments

St. Jude patient Preslie and her mom, Lara, shared their personal story of St. Jude’s remarkable support and work and encouraged everyone present to continue to be part of the hospital’s mission. Event chairs, Sneha Merchant and Brigitte Kalai, lead the luncheon to a record-breaking total for the kids of St. Jude. 

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital leads the way in which the world understands, treats, and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened over 50 years ago.