13th Annual Fall Luncheon: Giving Voice to Children

Thursday, October 07, 2021
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Junior League of Houston, 1811 Briar Oaks Ln, Houston, TX 77027

2021-10-07 11:30:00 2021-10-07 13:30:00 America/Chicago 13th Annual Fall Luncheon: Giving Voice to Children

The Parish School's annual luncheon raises funds to support school operations and its financial assistance fund for families. Held at the Junior League of Houston, guests hear from a dynamic keynote speaker on an educational topic related to caring for a child who has special needs. Parent event chairs also share their child's story and Parish's impact on their famiies.

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The Parish School's 13th Annual
"Giving Voice to Children" Luncheon

Benefiting The Parish School and its Financial Assistance Fund

Ashleigh and J.R. Rickertsen

Current Parent Chairs

Maribel and Charles Chen

Alumni Parent Chairs

Sponsorships and Ticket Sales

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Keynote Speaker

Stacey Crowley


As a Search Inside Yourself Certified Teacher, Stacey is passionate about preserving face-to-face communication and providing state of the art emotional intelligence training to adults who teach and raise children. Her commitment to rapidly disseminating critical skillsets and mindsets for well-being in the Digital Age directly addresses the need for equitable training opportunities for educators by growing cross-sector collaborations.

Stacey, the owner of Learning Tree Literacy, is a dually certified speech language pathologist and literacy specialist with 20 years of experience teaching communication, literacy and social emotional learning skills to youth in public and private schools. Her current work combines her fields of expertise with neuroscience, mindfulness and nonviolent communication to teach emotional literacy and peaceful conflict resolution to youth using her narrative-based approach called SHARE.

Blending her extensive experience teaching children on the autism spectrum with her training in Mindful Schools, and The Leader in Me, Stacey strives to meet each student where they are to address the needs of the whole child.

Her dual roles as a Speech Language Pathologist and Reading Specialist coupled with advanced training in the Orton-Gillingham Approach to multisensory structured language education enable her to specialize in comprehensive treatment for students with language-based learning differences.

Stacey is a member of the International Dyslexia Association, the American Speech Language Hearing Association, and the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Bonaventure University in  New York, a Master of Arts in Communication Disorders from California State University, Los Angeles, and a Master of Arts in Literacy from Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago.

Presenting "Balance and Connection: Emotional Intelligence for 2021 and Beyond"

Stacey will discuss these current unprecedented times where so many of us find ourselves overwhelmed and worried about the well-being of our children. She will provide some tools and techniques to help us support our children as we navigate these waters together while maintaining our own sense of balance.

She will also be presenting a free adult education session the evening of Thursday, Oct. 7, titled " Emotional Intelligence for 2021 and Beyond: A Deeper Dive." For info and to RSVP, click here.



Allison Edwards

Join us in honoring Alison Edwards. Alison is a Houston-based Licensed Dyslexia Therapist (LDT) and a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) with over 23 years of experience in the school setting offering dyslexia intervention for struggling students and consulting for parents and teachers. Alison can help navigate the daunting questions raised when children struggle in the classroom. She provides dyslexia therapy both in-person and online to help students reach their full potential.

 Camp For All


Camp for All
Community Partner of the Year

Camp For All transforms the world for children and adults with challenging illnesses or special needs. Intentionally delivering unique, truly barrier-free experiences throughout the year, Camp For All collaborates with multiple not-for-profit organizations to enable thousands of campers and their families to discover life.

In 1993, Paul Gerson, Robert Zeller and Larry Neuhaus, two Houston physicians and a parent who lost a child to cancer, teamed up with a dream to build a place where people with challenging illnesses or special needs could discover what they “can” do as opposed to what they “can’t” do. Their mission was to create a unique place that would embrace those who because of an illness or challenge had limited opportunities to experience the joy of camp.

The result is Camp For All, which opened in 1998 on 206 acres in Washington County, a nationally recognized, truly barrier-free facility with cutting edge programming that adapts universally to the needs of each group that attends with the oversight of special needs camping professionals. Since opening, more than 170,000 campers have discovered life.

Camp For All was designed with no barriers for children and adults with special needs to experience the thrill of camping and nature, just like their able-bodied peers. All of the programming is “universal,” meaning that the activities can be accomplished regardless of the campers’ challenges, be it mobility, emotional or learning issues. Camp For All provides an environment that is free of the barriers in the everyday world, such as 8-foot wide sidewalks to maximize mobility in wheelchairs, sloping entrance into the pool with a special lift, ramps and myriad special saddles to aid horseback riders, custom made low beds for easy transfer in cabins and large accessible showers and toilet areas. This culture of inclusion is underscored throughout the camp site and is truly built to “level the playing field” for all. Camp For All is the only recreational facility that accommodates the special needs community in this way. Research has proven that children leave Camp For All with a sense of hope, a growth in self-confidence and in an atmosphere of understanding they realize they are not alone.

Throughout the year, Camp For All serves 10,000 campers from more than 65 not-for-profit groups that mostly come from the Greater Houston, Austin and greater camp area, serving children and adults challenged by cancer, HIV, burns, autism, muscular dystrophy, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, kidney disease, developmental disabilities, Phenylketonuria, neurofibromatosis, hearing and sight impairments, brain injuries, veterans and more.

Programming includes Camp For All 2U, the award-winning outreach program that brings activities and programming to hospitals, schools and social service agencies. Serving multiple locations in both Houston and Austin, campers can enjoy canoeing, archery, s’mores, barnyard animals and more, without having to travel to Camp.


Thank you to our generous luncheon sponsors!

 Benefactor $5000

 Sustainer $3000

Supporter $1500


Balance and Connection: Emotional Intelligence for 2021 and Beyond – A Deeper Dive

A special Adult Education session featuring Luncheon Keynote Speaker, Stacey Crowley

Thursday, October 7, 2021
6:30-8:30 p.m.
The Schissler Library at The Parish School
11001 Hammerly Blvd., Houston, TX 77043

Join us for an in-depth presentation continuing on Stacey's keynote from the Giving Voice to Children Luncheon earlier that day. A Q&A session will follow.

The future of work has arrived, with dizzying advances in robotics, artificial intelligence, digital technology and new ways of working.  As work, workforces and workplaces are being redesigned, redefined and reimagined, schools are charged with educating children for jobs and careers that do not yet exist. In this new landscape, it is no surprise that the World Economic Forum identifies emotional intelligence as one of the top ten skills needed to survive the future of work. 

As caregivers, we often forget to put on our own mask first, leading to toxic stress and overwhelm. Join us to learn tools to help you find balance in our uncertain, complex world. Originally developed at Google, Search Inside Yourself teaches practical mindfulness and emotional intelligence tools that lead to well-being, improved communications and stronger relationships. 

Join us to learn tools to help you find balance. 

To find the balance we all need to show up and guide our children

To show up and support our children on their journey

To show up on behalf of our children


  • Event is FREE and open to the public.
  • To ensure space availability, please RSVP here.

Thank you for supporting The Parish School through a donation to our Luncheon. To make a donation, click here.