HAY Center

This committee:

  • Maintains a partnership with the HAY Center to enrich the lives of current and former foster youth.
  • Organizes an annual holiday party with gifts, food, a visit from Santa, family-friendly activities, and more.
  • Assists in the Prom Event by requesting formal wear donations and volunteering at the event.
  • Conducts a series of legal presentations throughout the year to educate the youth about their rights and responsibilities.

Sponsor a foster teen graduating from high school!

Flyer with information about HAY Center Graduation Sponsorship

Email laura.miller@cps.hctx.net for a wishlist.


Thank you to our donors and volunteers for a fun HAY Center Holiday Festival!

Volunteers take a selfie together while wearing face masks

Two volunteers carry a large wrapped gift

Volunteers stand around Santa Claus while indoors

Volunteer dressed as Santa Claus holding stuffed animals

Volunteer in a face mask holds a stack of donated books

Volunteers pose with Santa Claus

Two volunteers sort gift bags at a table

Two volunteers hold toys for clients' young children

2020 Holiday Party Donors

Jane Arreazola
Jacob Arrington
Sara Bluemel
Jamila Brinson
Sarah Cabello
Gary Cerasuolo
Malinda Crouch
Savana Dearman
Lauren Doughty
Gary Eckhardt
Mynde Eisen
Greater Houston Dental Society
Elizabeth M. Guffy / Locke Lord
Tara Hemmer

Christine Herron
Jennifer Herron
Patricia Herron
Kim Hoesl
Katie Jacobson / Locke Lord
Barbara Lauterbach
Jeffery Love
Marilyn Maloney
Jennifer McCammon
Patrice McKinney
Duyen Nguyen
Precious Owodunni and Mountain Top Consulting Team

Bethany Payne
Phelps Dunbar
Phillips 66
Carol Quijada
Olivia Rousseau
Joyce Sanchez
William Schumacher
Tara Shockley
Shook, Hardy & Bacon
Bonnie Simmons
Laurie Staes
Anthony Startz
J.M. Webb


Help the HAY Center serve current and former foster youth in our community by making a donation. Click here for instructions and suggestions on how to contribute to the HAY Center annual fund.


The HBA has given their time, their talent, and their resources to all areas of The HAY Center for the past 10 years. Through the HBA HAY Center Committee, over 150 lawyers have volunteered at The HAY Center at a variety of events. Their efforts around the HAY Center holiday event has created lasting memories for hundreds of current and former foster youth.

Christine Herron, a member of the HBA, in the spirit of being a good steward to our community, has been volunteering with The HAY Center for 9 years. She chose to volunteer with The HAY Center because she wants to give to foster youth in the Houston area. Christine spends her time providing mock interviews for first-time job seekers as well as volunteering at youth engagement events including the Thanksgiving, Holiday, and Prom events. Christine says, “Volunteering local is very important to me. I like volunteering with The HAY Center- you can see the direct impact of your volunteer work.”

The HAY Center Director, Mary Green, expresses gratitude for everything the HBA does for The HAY Center, "The HBA was one of our first volunteer groups, and without their partnership, we would not be where we are today. We depend on them to ensure that all of our youth engagement events have the community interaction our youth appreciate. The experience they provide foster youth is more important than a stocking or a gift card. They allow our youth to see that our community cares about them and wants them to achieve their goals. We are so fortunate they have remained one of our important partners."




2021-2022 Co-Chairs:

Christie Cardon, King & Spalding LLP
Dominique Varner, Hughes, Watters & Askanase, L.L.P.

For more information on this committee, contact Bonnie Simmons at bonnies@hba.org or (713) 759-1133.