2017 jungle book gala

We are excited to announce this year's Honorary Chair, #59 of the Houston Texans, Whitney Mercilus. Whitney's Foundation, called WithMerci, provides advocacy and support to families of children with disabilities and special needs. This year, Whitney is focusing on autism awareness and support. Whitney's compassion for Houston's children make him the perfect Jungle Book Gala Honorary Chairman. 

Joining us as Emcee is KHOU 11 Meteorologist Chita Craft. In addition to being an award-winning media personality, Chita is the mother of Les William Craft, born in March this year. As a new mother, she understands how vital talking, singing, reading and playing with her child is, starting at birth, to ensure healthy development. “Parents are a child’s first and most important teachers,” says Chita. “That is why I am happy to support the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation’s efforts to help more families have access to the information and resources they need to help put their children on a path to success.” We are honored to have Chita join us and thank her and KHOU-TV 11 News for their enthusiastic support.   


honorary chair

Whitney Mercilus



Chita Craft



Alexa Bode & William Finnorn



Beverly & Jim Postl


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Julie & Ron Finck

Amy & Kyle McCully

Progressive Medicine Associates LLC 

host committee

Elizabeth Andrews
& Robert Derrick III

Kia Austin

Alexa Bode

Ashley Chabaud

Maria & Randall Clauson

Morgan Relyea Colt
& Walker Colt

Carley Colton

Frani & David Denenburg

Julie & Ron Finck

Jessica Givens
& Jamil Driscoll

Lauren Goodwin
& Jason Long

Grace & Thomas Gosnell


Arabella & Jamie Hibbert

Rose Hinojosa
& Joseph Mandola

Rebecca Hoffman

Lisa & Mark Jakel

Mark Latham

J. Hugh Liedtke

Kristin & Stuart Lowery

Amy & Kyle McCully

Jordan McPhail

Esmeralda Mendez

Laura & Ben Messier

Sarah & Christopher Miorin

Meridian Circle Advisors /
John Nghiem

Phillip Morris /
West Houston Medical Center

Gwen & Wade Parks

David Ramirez

Caitlin Rance

Chloe Rushing/
Legacy Community Health

Casey Sailer

Naseem & David Sawyer

Emily Smith / Steelcase

Verr & Derek Soltes

Kristen Oesch Stubbs

Marisa Whitenton

Anna Williams

Melissa Williams
& Matt Murphy