On Tuesday, May 8, the 2018 Fulfilling Families Luncheon benefiting Arms Wide Adoption Services started with a Houston Country Club crowd of 300 Houstonians chanting, "Go, Pack, Go!" It was all in great fun, as Lisa H. Montgomery, mom of Green Bay Packers Running Back, Ty Montgomery, took the stage as the keynote speaker. Lisa's keynote explored her intimate journey in fostering 17 young men as a single mother. She explained how her boys, like all kids, just wanted her to be there for them. Now, Lisa celebrates her sons' successes and their own growing families.

KPRC-TV Channel 2’s Chief Meteorologist, Frank Billingsley, served as the event’s emcee. Frank briefly talked about his book, Swabbed & Found, a memoir of how DNA testing allowed him to discover his biological family and his resulting reflections on just how we define family in our lives. Vikki Finley, Arms Wide Adoption Services’ President and CEO, wrapped up the luncheon by talking about the great successes the organization has had in impacting the lives of children in foster care in need of loving families since it announced its new name at the 2017 luncheon just one year ago.

The fourth annual luncheon raised nearly $180,000 in support of the organization. This year’s luncheon served as a huge milestone for Arms Wide Adoption Services, bringing in a record amount of guests and funds thanks to the leadership of Co-Chairs, Cari Gill and Caroline Simons, and the Luncheon Host Committee. The funds raised will help Arms Wide Adoption Services connect more of the nearly 6,000 children in the Texas foster care system waiting to be adopted with an adoptive family.

For more than 40 years, Arms Wide Adoption Services, formerly Spaulding for Children, has been expertly and compassionately transforming the lives of children in foster care by finding them safe and nurturing adoptive families. Our team embraces each family with warmth and compassion and holds their hand through the process, whether they are coming for our no-fee foster care, adoption, post adoption or post permanency services. Having placed more than 2,100 children with forever families, Arms Wide Adoption Services connects each child to the right family, supports them along the way and beyond, and celebrates with a family fulfilled. Additional information may be found at www.armswide.org.

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