Annual Luncheon


Save The Date

Hosted on Thursday, April 27, 2023 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: Sydney Eifler and Kelley Scofield

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.

Gaelin Elmore professional headshotKeynote Speaker: Gaelin Elmore

This year, we are excited to welcome Gaelin Elmore as our Luncheon Keynote Speaker. After spending over ten years in foster care, Gaelin was faced with a decision after his father was arrested in 2012: go back into foster care or drop out of school and run away. Luckily, there was another option. His high school football coach and his family invited him to live with them. Two years later, Gaelin signed to play at the University of Minnesota, which ultimately led him to an NFL contract with the Cincinnati Bengals. Gaelin retired from the NFL as a rookie to begin his journey of self-love, self-discovery, and belonging. That journey has led Gaelin to stages across the country, aiming to inspire, encourage, and equip others to erase the belonging gap plaguing youth with backgrounds similar to his own.


Special Thanks

Special thanks to Co-Chairs Sydney Eifler and Kelley Scofield, as well as the 2023 Fulfilling Families Luncheon Host Committee: Lindsey Amiralai, Katie Arnoldy, Lindley Arnoldy, Alexandra Attar, Marissa Avery, Caroline Bean, Rory Bellow, Jill George Bomar, Kristy Bradshaw, Allison Chavez, Juliana Chervanick, Clara Clark, Erin DeCelle, Natalie Ealand, Annie Eifler, Sara Fallon, Allison Flikerski, Caroline Funk, Abbie Giraud, Brooke Bentley Gunst, Kara Hilliard, Michelle Holcomb, Blair Richardson Loocke, Alex Loyd, Kristen Olson Lyons, April McGee, Lauren Morgan, Brittany O’Brien, Allison O’Neill, Leslie Pitts, Alison Powell, Ina Riley, Beezie Sayers, Ashley Sloan, Alicia Summers, Jenni Swyka, Mary Kristen Valentine, Lindsey Thomas Wilson, Lyndsey Zorich


More Information

If you have any questions or would like any additional information about Arms Wide’s upcoming 2023 Fulfilling Families Luncheon, please contact Annie Richardson at or 713-681-6991.

2022 Luncheon Photos