Let There Be GOLD 2021 Highlights



“Don’t kids matter? Aren’t we important? When I grow up, I will let there be GOLD.” – Faris D. Virani

Thank you friends for making this September a sparkling success! With your support, we had our most multifaceted and expansive Let There Be GOLD campaign yet. We are humbled by your generosity and faith in our mission to bring brighter days and better treatments for children with cancer. Shine on, and keep reading to learn more about the impact we together have had this September!


✨ Our signature GOLD Carnivals: at Texas Children’s Cancer Center (at 4 campuses including Vannie Cook Clinic in McAllen, TX), MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital, and Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital in New York, as well as the Ronald McDonald House Houston, with hundreds of kids and families joining in on the celebrations. 

Public Art + Awareness Initiatives included: a collaboration with artist Roni Cabrera of HTX Art Bus for a roving participatory art project that brought Roni’s Art Bus decked out in GOLD to museums, parks, schools, restaurants, and Ronald McDonald House Houston. Over 600 families participated and contributed to this golden community art project!  

✨With Asia Society Texas Center, The Faris Foundation presented “Threads of Gold,” a workshop for art educators in Houston public schools, as well as a student art contest, with selected artworks showcased at a special Golden Gallery Night for students and teachers at Asia Society Texas Center!

✨Our “takeover” of the famed Inktober Instagram account brought Faris’ golden message to 1 million followers and fellow artists. More than 800 artworks have been shared in response to our GOLDEN prompt; take a look at #inktober52golden

✨ Our GOLDEN partners at Prime brought the Let There Be GOLD spirit to over 2,000 AT&T stores from coast to coast. Every year, the Prime team soars to new heights to spread awareness of the GOLD ribbon and all that it represents. Teams organized bake sales, softball tournaments, golf tournaments (for the fourth year running!), and so much more – and we are especially proud of all the kids of Prime who have gotten involved! Together, our partners at Prime raised over $600,000 for brighter days and better treatments for children with cancer.

✨This year, Wendy’s locations in Houston, Laredo and McAllen got in the golden spirit by selling $2 GOLD wristbands, which entitles customers to free Jr. Frosties for the rest of the year! Funds raised will support The Faris Foundation.

✨Select Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton locations joined our There Be GOLD campaign this year, with awareness-raising activities all month long – from Friday night movie nights under the stars in Austin, to jambalaya fundraisers in Baton Rouge. 

✨ The Faris Foundation held our inaugural Brighter Days Golf Classic in support of our mission to bring brighter days and better treatments to children with cancer. With over 60 sponsors and just as many teams, it was a beautiful day of excellent golf, fellowship, and awareness-raising. We were joined by Dr. Susan Blaney, The Faris Foundation Board Member and Director of Texas Children’s Cancer Center, who delivered a captivating lunchtime address. Thanks to the incredible generosity and enthusiasm of our sponsors, the event raised over half a million dollars – with a surprise check for $100,000 from AT&T presented at the event itself. We are especially grateful to our Presenting Sponsors: AT&T, ApexOne Investment Partners, BodyGuardz, Cricket Wireless, Prime, Prime Canada, Samsung, and Sun Com Mobile. The event would not have been possible without our golden volunteers who worked so hard and with so much joy to make it a special and memorable day. The magic will continue next year; save the date for our second annual Brighter Days Golf Classic: September 19, 2022!

Signing off with a Twinkling Thought 
“Love is what carries you, for it is always there, even in the dark, or most in the dark, but shining out at times like gold stitches in a piece of embroidery.”
– Wendell Berry

Gold Star
Goes to AT&T for answering the clarion call to “let there be GOLD” with faith and partnership in our mission to bring brighter days and better treatments to children with cancer.