HOUSTON (February 27, 2023) – Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston hosted its annual Wags & Whiskers Brunch benefiting Animeals on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at Hotel ZaZa – Museum District.

Interfaith Ministries and the Animeals program honored Jim Sikorski for his longtime support of the organization and many other worthy causes. Brunch co-chairs April Ayers and Heather Birdsall-Knowlan shared how Jim continues to inspire others to give back through his decades of community work. Casey Curry expertly emceed the program featuring the highly anticipated pet fashion show resulting in two ‘Best in Show’ winners among the thirteen models.

Over 250 guests celebrated the “World Series Champs” theme with orange and blue Astros regalia taking in the incredible menu and festive décor. This year’s Brunch raised approximately $100,000 for Interfaith Ministries’ Animeals program which has been providing pet food and preventative vet care across the city for over ten years. Animeals continues to expand and currently serves over 1,000 cats and dogs belonging to Meals on Wheels seniors and adults with disabilities.

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston thanks Fred G. Marshall, the event’s lead sponsor who lovingly supports Animeals in memory of his wife Linda. Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston would also like to thank Susanne and Randall Evans, Ann and Ron Kaesermann, Maureen Quirk and Lesley Harris, and the Don A. Sanders Family Foundation for their support of the event.


A United Way partner, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (Interfaith Ministries) brings people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration, and service, as a demonstration of our shared beliefs. Interfaith Ministries provides four main services: Meals on Wheels for Greater Houston and Galveston County which delivers more than 1.7 million meals each year to homebound seniors and people with disabilities across five counties; Refugee Services which, in conjunction with the U.S. State Department, resettles thousands of refugees in Houston; Interfaith Relations and Community Partnerships, which provides community services fostering understanding, respect and engagement among Houstonians of all faiths; the Vic Samuels Center for Volunteerism and Civic Service, which establishes a positive and lasting impact on the Greater Houston community through organized service and leadership through Volunteer Houston and SERVE HOUSTON. For more information, visit https://www.imgh.org/.