Denise and Philip are very active in the community and their volunteer efforts provide broad-spectrum support for arts, family, and health and human service groups. They have served on the Boards of Trustees for the Houston Ballet Foundation, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony, Moores School of Music Society, The Partnership for Baylor College of Medicine and the Society for the Performing Arts
They have been affiliated with many other local and national non-profit institutions, including American Heart Association, BRASS, the Brookwood Community, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, Galveston Historical Foundation, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Ronald McDonald House, and UTMB Galveston. Most recently, they have become involved in the Houston Zoo, participating in the recent rescue of two Grizzly bears, Boomer and Bailey.
Denise and Philip have chaired numerous events including the 2010 Houston Grand Opera “Yellow Rose Ball”, 2001 Houston Grand Opera Opening Night Gala, 2003 Society for the Performing Arts Ball, 2004 and 2006 Moores School of Music Society Dinner Concert, and the 2005 Houston Ballet Ball. Philip chaired the 2008 Men of Distinction Awards luncheon benefiting medical research and treatment for children.
They were honored in 2006 by Houston Grand Opera and in 2008 by the Moores School of Music. Denise was named a 2004 Woman of Distinction by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation and in 2006 received the “Excellence in Bloom Award” from the Huffington Center on Aging at Baylor College of Medicine.
Denise is a native southern Californian and after attending both the University of Southern California and the University of Houston, obtained a bachelor of business administration degree. A native Houstonian, Philip graduated from the University of Houston with a bachelor of science in mathematics. He is currently the president of Bahr Capital Interests and Stirling Energy Resources Corporation. They are equal partners in Stirling Farms LP, a thoroughbred breeding and racing enterprise, with horses in Kentucky, Maryland, and Texas.