Annual Luncheon


Save The Date

Hosted on Thursday, May 2, 2024 at The Briar Club, Arms Wide’s annual Fulfilling Families Luncheon furthers our mission of transforming the lives of children in foster care who are in need of safe and nurturing permanent families. Registration opens at 11:30 AM and the program begins at noon.

Co-Chairs: Sarah Barrett and Michele Marandi

Host: Frank Billingsley

Sponsorships and Tickets Available

A donation to this heartfelt event will help ensure Arms Wide can continue to help even more children connect with the loving families they need and deserve. To reserve your table or purchase tickets, or to make a donation to support this year’s luncheon, click HERE.

Keynote Speaker: Tori Hope Petersen

This year, we are excited to welcome Tori Hope Petersen as our Luncheon Keynote Speaker.

Tori Hope Petersen is the bestselling author of Fostered: One Woman’s Powerful Story of Finding Faith and Family through Foster Care. She is also a former Mrs. Universe winner and a leading advocate in foster care. She has shared her story about being a former foster youth and overcoming to serve others on Good Morning America, Essence, and other national publications. Tori also founded the Beloved Initiative, a nonprofit that has equipped and empowered countless churches, organizations, and people to serve individuals and communities who have experienced poverty, marginalization, and abuse. She is also an acclaimed public speaker, speaking across the country on foster care, faith, and resiliency.

Special Thanks

Special thanks to Co-Chairs Sarah Barrett and Michele Marandi, as well as the 2024 Fulfilling Families Luncheon Host Committee:

Angela Androphy, Carina Antweil, Katie Arnoldy, Lindley Arnoldy, Ashley Bilger, Jill George Bomar, Kristen Browning, Allison Chavez, Rachel Delaney, Sydney Eifler, Allie Fields, Mary Katherine George, Veronica Griffin, Pippa Fraumeni Johnson, Melissa Juneau, Chea Matherne Kelly, Justine Klinke, Kristina Lambright, Jessica Leeke, Kelley Lubanko, Tara MacLaren, Meredith Marshall, April McGee, Crossley Mears, Natalie Mohtashami, Caroline Monday, Meredith Monrad, Rachael Montgomery, Nicole Mott, Samantha Murray, Kelley Scofield, Jordan Seff, Julia Stallcup, Elizabeth Stein, Julie N. Stephen, Jenni Swyka, Tara Treleaven, Jillian Rae Waldo, & Tami Wall


More Information

If you have any questions or would like any additional information about Arms Wide’s upcoming 2024 Fulfilling Families Luncheon, please contact Annie Richardson at or 713-681-6991.

2023 Luncheon Photos