Hotel ZaZa Museum District, Houston

Friday, November 4, 2022

1–2:30 PM CT

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The 2022 Lifelong Leaders Luncheon will raise the visibility of AMIGOS and celebrate our history and future. Our goal is to raise $100,000 for our youth leadership programs and Financial Assistance Fund.

Lifelong Leaders Luncheon Co-Chairs

Kellie and Chad Motsinger
Laura and Steve Otillar
Samantha Schnee and Michael Hafner
Kendall and Carlos Sole

THE MISSION AND VISION OF AMIGOS

Since our founding in Houston in 1965, AMIGOS has served more than 30,000 young people in thousands of communities throughout the Americas. As our programs inspire more leaders through authentic service and immersion experiences, we continue to fulfill our organization’s mission in powerful ways. We envision a world where these young leaders and all of us become lifelong leaders sharing responsibility for our global community.

As the place where AMIGOS began 58 years ago, Houston has always played a special role in our impact. Over the decades, AMIGOS has influenced the lives of more than 2,300 students from the Houston area. We are enthusiastic about this new format for our annual benefit in Houston that will expand opportunities for Houston’s youth.

Co-Chairs

Kellie and Chad Motsinger
Laura and Steve Otillar
Samantha Schnee and Michael Hafner
Kendall and Carlos Sole 

 

Host Committee

Cathy Arnold
Jill and Jason Assir
Amy Becker Barelas
Suky and Ed Cazier
Allyson and Steve Cook 
Eric Donnelly 
Kate and Andy Green
Rachel and Travis King
Robin and Kevin Lanier 
Rob Lee
Cat McKay
Mariela Poleo
Cathi and Scott Roberts
Barrett Sides
Matt Werner
Katherine and Mark Yzaguirre  

 The 2022 Lifelong Leaders Luncheon builds on the legacy and impact of the annual benefits hosted from 2017-2021 in Houston. Together, these events have raised $250,000 for our programs and financial assistance fund. Thank you to our past sponsors, co-chairs, host committees, program speakers, and donors of these events. The legacy of support will continue with this year’s event. 

 

2021 Lifelong Leaders Luncheon 

On November 19, 2021, 200 guests attended the event with 175 guests in-person at the Hotel ZaZa and with 25 friends joining us virtually on Zoom. It was a true celebration full of laughter, connection, and inspiration. The event raised critical funds for the AMIGOS 2021 $1MM Annual Fund and was the first hybrid event AMIGOS has ever hosted. 

WSJ best-selling author and keynote speaker Dr. Stefanie K. Johnson delivered an upbeat speech on the importance of including diverse perspectives and communities in leadership groups of organizations. She shared three ways that each of us can make our workplaces and communities more inclusive through mentorship, sponsorship, and recognition.   

 

Meah Matherne, featured student speaker, shared her journey with AMIGOS, which began in 2020 when her original trip was canceled due to the pandemic. Her journey resumed this past summer when she participated in our three-week summer program in Nicaragua.   

“…Those three weeks in Nicaragua gave me the opportunity to step back from my own life and examine my exact place in the world. Yes, I am still small in the face of time and the universe, but I still have my place in it, and it is my job to make that space as beautiful of a garden as I can…”  

-Meah Matherne, Student Speaker, 2021 Alumna 

 

2021 Lifelong Leaders Luncheon Co-Chairs 

Alma Del Toro and Clint Ford
Laura and Steve Otillar
Samantha Schnee and Michael Hafner 

 

2020 Day of Action 

On November 19, 2020, we called on our Houston community to make an impact for AMIGOS and the city. This “Day of Action” was organized in place of the annual Breakfast to Benefit AMIGOS fundraising event which we were not able to host due to the pandemic. Two AMIGOS groups volunteered at the Houston Food Bank via our partnership with Feeding America. 

 

2019 Breakfast Benefit 

The 3rd Annual Breakfast to Benefit AMIGOS on November 14, 2019, at the River Oaks Country Club raised $94,280 to expand financial assistance awards for 2020 Houston area youth volunteers and support our programs. 

From L to R: Keynote Speaker Scott Horsley, Co-Chairs Tim Ruch & Michelle Ruch, AMIGOS CEO & President Sara Nathan, Co-Chair Catherine Masterson, Master of Ceremonies Art Rascon, Co-Chairs Joanne Houck & Tim Singletary

 

Our Keynote Speaker was Scott Horsley, Chief Economics Correspondent at NPR and AMIGOS Alumnus ’83, ’84.

In his work for NPR, Scott Horsley reports on ups and downs in the national economy as well as fault lines between booming and busting communities. Scott spent a decade on the White House beat, covering both the Trump and Obama administrations. He spoke on the continued relevance of AMIGOS programs in today’s interconnected world.

 

Student Speaker Alexa Lara shared her incredible story of volunteering with AMIGOS with the help of financial assistance from the Houston Chapter and how it has helped her feel ready for college and beyond.

“I’m so grateful to AMIGOS for their investment in me as a person and as a leader. Being here today is one way for me to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will be the first person in my family to go to college and thanks to this program I learned I can be away from my family and can still be close to them.” – Alexa Lara