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Former UT star shares stories of football and faith at Young Life gala that brings in $870,000

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Colt and Rachel McCoy, from left, and Doris and Terry Looper
Colt and Rachel McCoy, from left, and Doris and Terry Looper. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Fred Driver, from left, Sam Bradshaw and William Lawson
Fred Driver, from left, Sam Bradshaw and William Lawson. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Katyna and Aldo Reyes
Katyna and Aldo Reyes. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Leanne and Craig Gilchrist
Leanne and Craig Gilchrist. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Linda Bradshaw, from left, with Gary and Michele Foster
Linda Bradshaw, from left, with Gary and Michele Foster. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Elizabeth and Peter Wareing
Elizabeth and Peter Wareing. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Bill and Zelda Blocker, from left, and Janet and Tony Tripi
Bill and Zelda Blocker, from left, and Janet and Tony Tripi. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Skip and Casey Redd
Skip and Casey Redd. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Kathy and Randy Tabor
Kathy and Randy Tabor. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Jim Smith Sr. and Traci Smith Hassett
Jim Smith Sr. and Traci Smith Hassett. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Jennifer and Michael Dellinger
Jennifer and Michael Dellinger. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Holly and Tom Forney, from left, with Doris Looper
Holly and Tom Forney, from left, with Doris Looper. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Blake and Jeanne Pfeffer
Blake and Jeanne Pfeffer. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Colt McCoy, left, and James Rockwell
Colt McCoy, left, and James Rockwell. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Colt and Rachel McCoy, from left, and Doris and Terry Looper
Fred Driver, from left, Sam Bradshaw and William Lawson
Katyna and Aldo Reyes
Leanne and Craig Gilchrist
Linda Bradshaw, from left, with Gary and Michele Foster
Elizabeth and Peter Wareing
Bill and Zelda Blocker, from left, and Janet and Tony Tripi
Skip and Casey Redd
Kathy and Randy Tabor
Jim Smith Sr. and Traci Smith Hassett
Jennifer and Michael Dellinger
Holly and Tom Forney, from left, with Doris Looper
Blake and Jeanne Pfeffer
Colt McCoy, left, and James Rockwell

It all started in high school for San Francisco 49ers back-up quarterback Colt McCoy. He played football, baseball, basketball and golf and ran track at tiny Jim Ned High School in Tuscola, Texas. He shared his story and the importance of faith with Young Life supporters at a benefit dinner at River Oaks Country Club.

The evening was a huge success, bringing in a record-breaking $870,000. Applause, applause for chairs Doris and Terry Looper. Congratulations to the Rev. Bill Lawson, who was honored with the Spirit of Jim Rayburn Award for his contributions to Young Life ministry in the Third and Fifth Wards. Young Life's Houston Urban Multi-cultural Ministry focuses on kids in those wards and in Southwest Houston.

In a brilliant fund-raising ploy, organizers showed a live video feed of a bus filled with youngsters who will be able to go to camp thanks to some of the evening's proceeds. Seeing those kids on their way to a happy place inspired all kinds of paddle-raising during the appeal.

Helping send the youths on their way to camp and raising funds for urban programs were the charming Rachel McCoy, Elizabeth and Peter Wareing, Bonnnie and David Weekly, Jaci and Jim Smith Jr., Mariam and Willie Langston, Joanie Haley, Jim Smith Sr. and Young Life Greater Houston regional director James Rockwell and his wife Marisol.

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