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Political heavyweights give Santa Maria Hostel gala a powerful punch

Political heavyweights give Santa Maria Hostel gala a powerful punch

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Don Murphy , Patti Murphy Photo by Fulton Davenport: PWL Studio
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Julie Brown , Dr. David Brown Photo by Fulton Davenport: PWL Studio
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Roy Marsh , Aimee Marsh Photo by Fulton Davenport: PWL Studio
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The Santa Maria Hostel outgoing board chair, left, with the Mayor and incoming board chair. Xavier Pena , Mayor Annise Parker , Doug Hidalgo Photo by Fulton Davenport: PWL Studio
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The Harris County Sheriff all dressed up. Monica Garcia , Sheriff Adrian Garcia Photo by Fulton Davenport: PWL Studio
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We're not quite sure where the political clout came from but one thing is certain, the Santa Maria Hostel "Angels Among Us" gala on Saturday had a load more elected officials than winged deities.

With attendees such as Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Sheriff Adrian Garcia and Mayor Annise Parker in the fold at the Omni Houston Hotel, chairs Aimee and Roy Marsh were kicking up their party heels. This was, after all, the most successful Santa Maria Hostel gala to date with 435 guests helping raise $220,000.

Funds will aid the non-profit that provides treatment and housing for women with addiction problems and housing for their children. Applause were plenty for Santa Maria Hostel CEO Kay Austin, who has had significant success in guiding the charity's clients back into a productive life in society.

Silent and live auctions, dinner and entertainment by the phenomenal Old School Harmony group kept the crowd entertained.

Plenty of black robe types filled the tables including Judge Robert Hinojosa with wife Patricia, Judge Frank Rynd, Judge Leta Parks with Randy Douglas, Judge Bonnie Hellums and husband Carel Stith and Judge Roy Moore with wife Jenny.

Others supporting the hostel included Carla Kneipp and Jimmy May, Ralph Marek, Chrissy Mafrige, Francis and John Dyess, June and Virgil Waggoner, Gwen Emmett, Dr. Connie Almeda and Judy and Fred Welling.