Heritage Award Dinner 2021

Our 2021 Heritage Award Dinner was a success thanks to the generosity of our underwriters, volunteers and guests. With your help, we raised $1.9 million to help children from families in crisis!

Together we celebrated 50 years of Boys and Girls Country (BGC) and honored Steve and Anne-Laure Stephens. The evening included powerful testimonials from BGC kids and an alumnus, a champagne toast to celebrate half a century of BGC, silent and live auctions and an entertaining performance by Frank Caliendo.

This year’s event honored our friends, Steve and Anne-Laure Stephens, for their support of BGC for more than 20 years. Steve Stephens serves as CEO of Amegy Bank. Together with his wife Anne-Laure, they devote their time, talent and treasure to multiple causes that strengthen Houston’s community. Currently, Steve serves as a board member at Boys and Girls Country, University of Houston’s Board of Visitors and Bauer College Board, as well as the United Way of Greater Houston Board of Trustees. In addition, he supports Houston Methodist as a chairperson of the President’s Leadership Council. Anne-Laure is involved with the Houston Methodist Hospital and The Rose in the fight to eliminate breast cancer. 

“What I realized through Boys and Girls Country and our own family experiences is really you achieve hope through laughter, your friends becoming your family and faith,” said Steve Stephens during his award acceptance speech.

“We are so happy we could gather to celebrate 50 years of helping children grow into self-sustaining adults. Thanks to our underwriters, sponsors and volunteers, not only were we able to have a great event, but the future looks bright for another 50 years of helping children,” commented Vince Duran, CEO of Boys and Girls Country.

The Heritage Award Dinner raises vital funds for BGC to help children from families in crisis. The money raised at this event allows BGC to provide a loving, stable Christian home for children from families in crisis and supports the College & Career program, which prepares the graduates of BGC become self-sustaining adults. This annual event brings together Houstonians who love children and want to help them succeed despite the adversities in their past life.

Major underwriters of the event included the Herr family, Steve and Anne-Laure Stephens, First National Bank, Hugesen Polymers USA LP, Katherine and Scott Galloway, the Gatewood Family Foundation, the Reuhl Family Foundation, Paul and Staci Sorensen, Sim-Tex, Southwestern Energy and the Woodforest Charitable Foundation.