The formula has worked quite well for the past 23 years — Lucia and Michael Cordua have hosted a Sunday supper party benefiting Casa de Esperanza. This week, they hit the jackpot with a record $1 million in proceeds. Not bad for a casual evening attended by 600.
Congratulations to benefit chairs Carol and Frank Gruen and Soraya and Scott McClelland, who led the fundraising charge, held in the lobby of the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.
It was fitting that as the non-profit celebrated three decades of serving children in crisis and as the Corduas and their restaurant group hosted their 23rd benefit dinner, the event broke records.
Mayor Annise Parker was on hand to honor Casa de Esperanza founders Kathy Foster and Bill Jones with a city proclamation saluting their work at improving the lives of children.
The impressive support group included Cam and Rod Canion, Marsha and Charlie Parker, Kathy Hubbard, Vivien and Scott Caven, Sylvie and Gary Crum, Jana and Scotty Arnoldy, Bonner and George Ball, Grace and Dr. Dong Kim, Katherine and Paul Murphy, Laura and Roy Nichol and Virginia and Dan Steppe.