When we began thinking about this year's Tapestry Gala, we considered who we had honored in the past. We began presenting the Tapestry Award four years ago. Our first recipient was William (Bill) Barnett from Baker Botts. Bill is a Houston legend, and we were honored to have his long-time partner and friend, Secretary James Baker III, present the inaugural Tapestry Award to him that evening.
Long-time friends of Bill, Dan and Jan Duncan, became our next honorees. We were so fortunate to have a couple like the Duncans accept the Tapestry Award from IM. Sadly, Dan passed away a month before the event, but Jan carried on with grace and we honored them both that evening.
Last year we honored Ambassador Arthur Schechter and the Honorable Fred Zeidman, two Jewish men of distinction. Both men have become leaders in their respective political parties, Arthur a Democrat and Fred a Republican. Mayor Parkerand County Judge Emmett were on hand to give them their awards. They are real partisans, but they are also great friends, proving that you can be politically divided without being divisive.
This year, on Thursday, May 3rd, we will honor our first Muslim community leader,Shahzad Bashir. Shahzad is a consummate leader. He and his wife, Shaista, participate in both the Muslim community and the general Houston community. They do this not for glory, but out of a commitment that they have learned from their faith. It's a lesson that many of us have learned - that to be truly faithful is to care about all people.
The Tapestry Gala celebrates the diversity of culture and belief in Houston, and this year is truly unique. Not only do we have a Muslim honoree, but we are blessed that his good friends, Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick; Jasmeeta and Bobby Singh; and Ann and Kenny Friedman, who happen to be Christian, Sikh and Jewish Gala are our Gala chairs. The Tapestry Gala is unlike any major social event in Houston, with music evocative of our many cultures and a spirit of inclusion that represents the best that IM has to offer.
This is IM's most significant annual fundraising event as well. So, if you want to be inspired while you help IM meet its many fine objectives, this is the night for you - Thursday, May 3rd at the Hilton Americas. Click here for your invitation.
Be well and keep the faith.
President & CEO
Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston