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.