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Nine-time Grammy winner comes home and wows HSPVA luncheon crowd

Grammy-winning HSPVA grad comes home and wows luncheon crowd

HSPVA luncheon, Feb. 2016  Kris Thomas, Bryan-Michael Cox, Austin Thomas, Neil Thomas
Kris Thomas, Bryan-Michael Cox, Austin Thomas, Neil Thomas. Photo by Kim Coffman
HSPVA luncheon, Feb. 2016, Sylvester Turner, Sylvia Garcia
Mayor Sylvester Turner, State Rep. Sylvia Garcia. Photo by Kim Coffman
HSPVA luncheon, Feb. 2016,Stephanie Ann Jones, Minnette Boesel
Stephanie Jones, Minnette Boesel. Photo by Kim Coffman
HSPVA luncheon, Feb. 2016, Jason Fuller, Chris Brown
Jason Fuller, City Controller Chris Brown. Photo by Kim Coffman
HSPVA luncheon, Feb. 2016, Juliet Stipeche, Sylvester Turner, June Christensen, Perryn Leech
Juliet Stipeche, Sylvester Turner, June Christensen, Perryn Leech. Photo by Kim Coffman
HSPVA luncheon, Feb. 2016, Cheryl Boblitt, LuAnne Carter
Cheryl Boblitt, LuAnne Carter. Photo by Kim Coffman
HSPVA luncheon, Feb. 2016, Ellen Cohen, Jeff Bricker, Laurie Bricker
 City Council member Ellen Cohen, Jeff Bricker, Laurie Bricker. Photo by Kim Coffman
HSPVA luncheon, Feb. 2016, Delise Ward, Craig Lidji
Delise Ward, Craig Lidji. Photo by Kim Coffman
HSPVA luncheon, Feb. 2016, Carole Nelson, Lauren Anderson, Patricia Bonner
Carole Nelson, Lauren Anderson, Patricia Bonner. Photo by Kim Coffman
HSPVA luncheon, Feb. 2016, Kathryn McNiel, Cissy Segall David, Sarah Davis
Kathryn McNiel, Cissy Segall Davis, State Rep. Sarah Davis. Photo by Kim Coffman
HSPVA luncheon, Feb. 2016 Bryan-Michael Fox
Bryan-Michael Cox holds the ballroom in rapt attention. Photo by Kim Coffman
HSPVA luncheon, Feb. 2016  Kris Thomas, Bryan-Michael Cox, Austin Thomas, Neil Thomas
HSPVA luncheon, Feb. 2016, Sylvester Turner, Sylvia Garcia
HSPVA luncheon, Feb. 2016,Stephanie Ann Jones, Minnette Boesel
HSPVA luncheon, Feb. 2016, Jason Fuller, Chris Brown
HSPVA luncheon, Feb. 2016, Juliet Stipeche, Sylvester Turner, June Christensen, Perryn Leech
HSPVA luncheon, Feb. 2016, Cheryl Boblitt, LuAnne Carter
HSPVA luncheon, Feb. 2016, Ellen Cohen, Jeff Bricker, Laurie Bricker
HSPVA luncheon, Feb. 2016, Delise Ward, Craig Lidji
HSPVA luncheon, Feb. 2016, Carole Nelson, Lauren Anderson, Patricia Bonner
HSPVA luncheon, Feb. 2016, Kathryn McNiel, Cissy Segall David, Sarah Davis
HSPVA luncheon, Feb. 2016 Bryan-Michael Fox

What: High School for the Performing and Visual Arts 10th annual "Encore for Excellence" luncheon.

Where: River Oaks Country Club.

The scoop: Nine-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer Bryan-Michael Cox wowed the gathering of 340 with stories of working with stars such as Usher, Toni Braxton, and Mariah Carey and with memories of his days as an HSPVA student. Cox was honored as the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus at the event that raised a record $211,000. The luncheon was chaired by Kris and Neil Thomas and Austin Thomas. 

Perhaps the highlight of the day was the spirited live auction that included a private recording session in Atlanta with Cox, a scholarship for HSPVA students to go to Atlanta for an exclusive studio tour and a recording session with Cox, and two 2017 Grammy tickets. 

Who: Mayor Sylvester Turner, City Controller Chris Brown, State Sen. Sylvia Garcia, State Rep. Sarah Davis, City Council members Ellen Cohen and David Robinson, Caroline and Perryn Leech, Barry Mandel, and HSPVA principal Scott Allen