Our Beyond the Page
Annual Benefit Luncheon

was held on Friday, May 11, 2018

Marriott marquis, downtown houston



2018 Featured Speaker:
Jon Meacham

Presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize-winner, and contributor to TIME and The New York Times Book Review, Jon Meacham is one of America's most prominent public intellectuals. A regular guest on Morning Joe, he is known as a skilled raconteur with a depth of knowledge about politics, religion, and current affairs. He understands how issues and events impact our lives and why historical context matters.



ABOUT Jon meacham

Meacham’s Presidential biography, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestsellers list in November 2015. The Times said, “Destiny and Power reflects the qualities of both subject and biographer: judicious, balanced, deliberative, with a deep appreciation of history and the personalities who shape it.”

His #1 New York Times bestseller, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, was hailed as "masterful and intimate" by Fortune magazine. His other national bestsellers include Franklin and WinstonAmerican Gospel, and American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2009.

A contributing editor at TIME, Meacham writes for the magazine’s Ideas section. He also pens “The Long View” column in The New York Times Book Review in which he “looks back at books that speak to our current historical and cultural moment.” He served as Newsweek's managing editor from 1998 to 2006 and editor from 2006 to 2010. The New York Times called him “one of the most influential editors in the news magazine business.”

He has appeared on Meet The PressThe Colbert Report, and Ken Burns’ documentary series The Roosevelts: An Intimate HistoryFox News produced an hour-long special about Meacham’s Destiny and Power in November 2015.

Named a “Global Leader for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum, he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a fellow of the Society of American Historians, and chairs the National Advisory Board of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University. Meacham is a Distinguished Visiting Professor of History at The University of the South and a Visiting Distinguished Professor at Vanderbilt.  

He is currently at work on a biography of James and Dolley Madison, while his next book, The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels, tells of the slow, painful, and often tragic story of progress in America. It is scheduled to be released May 8, 2018. 




               Presenting Sponsor

Presenting Sponsor





Minnette and Peter Boesel /
Mitja and Tina Peterman

Bud Light/Silver Eagle Distributors

Cadence Bank


John P. McGovern Foundation

Ginni and Richard Mithoff

Neil and Kris Thomas,
Ryan Leach

Christine and Jaime Yordan Foundation


Astros Foundation

CenterPoint Energy

Anna and Brad Eastman

FirstSouthwest, a division of Hilltop Securities Inc.

Astrid & Bob Kilpatrick/Sandy & Richard Jackson/Kelley & David Tobin/Harriet & Truett Latimer/Lainie Gordon & David Mincberg

The Honorable Sue Lovell

Sally Swanson

United Airlines

The Woman's Club of Houston



Special Thanks
to our
Silent Auction Donors

The Antiquarium
Art Cellar Houston
Art of the World Gallery
BASF Corporation
BIG Yoga Houston
Sue Carnes
Crave Cupcakes
DEFINE: Bellaire
DEFINE: River Oaks
The Health Museum
Holocaust Museum
Houston Arboretum and
Nature Center
Houston Astros Foundation
Dynamo - Charities
Houston Zoo
Karbach Brewing Co.
Mitja and Tina Peterman
Space Center Houston
Stages Repertory Theatre
Dawn Storm
Houston Texans
Theatre Under the Stars
Total Wine & More
Water 2 Wine
Whole Earth Provision Co.


2017 Beyond the Page Luncheon
featuring Rebecca Skloot

On April 12th, New York Times best-selling author, Rebecca Skloot  transported us into the world of science, cells and sleuthing. Skloot’s acclaimed book, which has sold more than 2.5 million copies and spent more than 75 weeks on the bestseller list.“HeLa” cells contributed to the development of the Polio vaccine, treatments for cancers and viruses, and the impact of space travel on human cells. 



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