Eat, Drink & Be Charitable

Special events have been vital to Houston Area Parkinson Society fundraising since it was founded as an all-volunteer organization in 1974 and began raising funds to support programs and services.

Friends and family gather each year for an evening of entertainment, dinner, great enthusiasm, and a shared mission at the Eat, Drink & Be Charitable gala. This event is our largest fundraising event, providing essential funds that allow HAPS to provide free services and programs to the HAPS community.

2021 Eat Drink Be Charitable EventEat, Drink, and Be Charitable, held on Sunday, October 17th at The Astorian, was a night to remember! Event Chairs Cliff Helmcamp and Jerry Jeanmard brought together an amazing group of generous people to support HAPS and extend our mission of service to the local community. Due to an overwhelming response, the event sold out weeks ahead of the date. The in-person event proved to be fun and spectacular.

Local favorite, Sally Edmundson, served as Mistress of Ceremonies while guests dined on delicious food, sipped delightful beverages and listened to the smooth sounds of Anthony Caceres. Key to the event’s success was the generosity and charitable commitment to the cause felt by all of those who participated though underwritting, making in-kind donations, attending, or giving during the “paddles up” portion of the night. A hearty wine pull and glamorous raffle drawing, contributed to the fun of the evening. An exciting live auction left the winners feeling fantastic!

We are especially grateful to all those who believe in and support Houston Area Parkinson Society and who have made the commitment to being a part of the only resource in the Houston area to serve those with Parkinson’s. Special thanks to Cliff Helmcamp and Jerry Jeanmard, Sally Edmundson, Gloria Hui, MD, Gail and Mike Hendryx, Mimi Swartz, Alison Cook, Blue Bell, Joy and Benjamin Warren, Martha Oti, Erick Sandlin, United Airlines, Tenenbaum, and The Tilman Fertitta Family.

You can still make a meaningful impact. If you would like to contribute to our largest fundraising event of the year, please click here. Stay tuned for pictures from this year’s event!

A Message from our Chairs, Cliff Helmcamp and Jerry Jeanmard

Four years ago, when Jerry was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease our world was turned upside down. We didn’t know much about the disease, but what we found online was overwhelming and frightening. We could tell this would have a major impact on our lives from that point forward. However, shortly after the diagnosis we discovered Houston Area Parkinson Society and a very different, inspiring view unfolded of how to move forward with vitality and hope. We quickly got involved in the programs HAPS has to offer. With the support of HAPS, we learned today’s new reality. Yes, Parkinson’s is a chronic, progressive disease that affects movements and other aspects of daily life. But critical to successful management is an aggressive strategy that includes medications, exercise, therapy and support. We have gained immensely from this involvement and want very much to give back to others like us, who need resources and care as we navigate this new life.

We are chairing this year’s HAPS gala because the cause is not only near and dear to our hearts, but because we know HAPS can totally change the lives of others like us. Please help us support their dedicated, life affirming mission.


Cliff Helmcamp and Jerry Jeanmard

Event Chairs


2021 Host Committee


  • Cliff Helmcamp and Jerry Jeanmard

Host Committee:

  • Carol Barndollar
  • Beverly and John Berry
  • Fran and Dan Brennan
  • Virginia Mary and Ray Brown
  • Gayl and Chuck Carlberg
  • Tripp Carter
  • Anne and Stuart Coco
  • Alison Cook
  • Susan Cooley
  • Gail and Ross Davis
  • Nancy Etheridge
  • Ed Eubanks
  • CeCe and Mac Fowler
  • Shara Fryer and Barry Silverman
  • Pam and Keith Fullenweider
  • Karen Price Garrett
  • Cynthia and Ben Guill
  • Sue and Bill Helms
  • Heather and David Houston
  • Alayne and John Kane
  • Dillon Kyle and Sam Lasseter
  • Doug Lawing
  • Ann Lents and David Heaney
  • Betty Jeanmard Lowry
  • Cathy Malone
  • Meg Malone
  • Susan and Jim McCuistion
  • Jim Murdaugh and Gary Smith
  • Meg and Nelson Murray
  • Peggy and John Odam
  • Kristen and Johnny Perry
  • Carroll and Hugh Ray
  • Beth Robertson and Steve Pearce
  • Lillie Robertson
  • Charity Yarborough Cox
  • Elizabeth and Brian Smith
  • Anne and Joe Thomson
  • Jane and Joe Vara
  • Joy and Benjamin Warren
  • Mimi Swartz and John Wilburn

Click here to see photos from previous Galas.