Thanks to our donors for helping us raise over $410,000 through two fundraising events of 2023—Spring Gala in Lubbock and Healing Hearts Houston. The theme for both events was “Boots and Ballgowns” and our guests dressed to impress! Your gifts and participation further our mission to break the cycle of child abuse.  

In April, Spring Gala (view photos) raised $50,000 for children and families in the Lubbock community. During the event, long-time Upbring donors and volunteers Mary Lee and Larry Franklin were honored with a $1,000 donation to Mary Lee’s Closet. For many years, Mrs. Franklin has collected new and barely used clothes for babies, toddlers and children for the benefit of our Foster In Texas and Head Start Programs.  

In May, Healing Hearts Houston (view photos) set a record of raising over $360,000! “I am so grateful to all our supporters for their generosity and passion for the children we serve,” said Philanthropic Advisor Diane Covert. “So many attendees and sponsors have come to this event for years, inviting their friends as an introduction to our programs.” 

If you missed one of our events, there are still opportunities to attend or to support our efforts. Visit to register or to learn how you can get involved.  

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