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37-year effort helping keep kids in school enjoys rockin' success at gala dinner

Communities in Schools enjoys rockin' success at gala dinner

Communities in Schools, Feb. 2016, Jeff Smith, Kathryn Smith, Elizabeth Russell, Seth Russell
 Jeff Smith, Kathryn Smith, Elizabeth Russell, Seth Russell. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Communities in Schools, Feb. 2016, Ray Saladana, Lisa Maloski
San Antonio City Councilman Rey Saladana, Lisa Maloski. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Communities in Schools, Feb. 2016, Bernard Harris, Mary Avery
Bernard Harris Jr., Mary Avery. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Communities in Schools, Feb. 2016, Gwen Emmett, Ed Emmett, Donna Wotkyns
Gwen Emmett, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Donna Wotkyns. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Communities in Schools, Feb. 2016, Scott McClelland, Soraya McClelland
Scott McClelland, Soraya McClelland. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Communities in Schools, Feb. 2016, Linda Gale White, Mark White
Linda Gale White, Mark White. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Communities in Schools, Feb. 2016, Michael Mithoff, Melissa Mithoff
Michael Mithoff, Melissa Mithoff. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Communities in Schools, Feb. 2016, Reagan Fibbe, George Fibbe
Reagan Fibbe, George Fibbe. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Communities in Schools, Feb. 2016, Susie Johnson, Larry Johnson
Susie Johnson, Larry Johnson. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Communities in Schools, Feb. 2016, Jerry Deutser, Sue Deutser, Barbara Hurwitz, Charles Hurwitz
Jerry Deutser, Sue Deutser, Barbara Hurwitz, Charles Hurwitz. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Communities in Schools, Feb. 2016, Michael Sklar, Kelly Sklar
Michael Sklar, Kelly Sklar. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Communities in Schools, Feb. 2016, Jeff Smith, Kathryn Smith, Elizabeth Russell, Seth Russell
Communities in Schools, Feb. 2016, Ray Saladana, Lisa Maloski
Communities in Schools, Feb. 2016, Bernard Harris, Mary Avery
Communities in Schools, Feb. 2016, Gwen Emmett, Ed Emmett, Donna Wotkyns
Communities in Schools, Feb. 2016, Scott McClelland, Soraya McClelland
Communities in Schools, Feb. 2016, Linda Gale White, Mark White
Communities in Schools, Feb. 2016, Michael Mithoff, Melissa Mithoff
Communities in Schools, Feb. 2016, Reagan Fibbe, George Fibbe
Communities in Schools, Feb. 2016, Susie Johnson, Larry Johnson
Communities in Schools, Feb. 2016, Jerry Deutser, Sue Deutser, Barbara Hurwitz, Charles Hurwitz
Communities in Schools, Feb. 2016, Michael Sklar, Kelly Sklar

What: Communities in Schools' "Stay in School" gala.

Where: Houston Country Club.

The scoop: With Elizabeth and Seth Russell and Kathryn and Jeff Smith as chairs, the annual event raised more than $350,000 for the program that has 37 years of success at keeping kids in school. The evening honored CIS community advocates Gwen Emmett and Pat Rosenberg as well as long-time supporter and board member  Bernard A. Harris Jr. and The Harris Foundation. Honorees were introduced by emcee Lisa Maloski.

Keynote speaker Rey Saldana, San Antonio city councilman, revved the ballroom crowd with his story of being helped by CIS and his route to Stanford University.

Who: Linda Gale and Mark White, Scott and Soraya McClelland, Regina Rogers, Tissie Hardin, Susie and Larry Johnson, Barbara and Charles Hurwitz, Lisa and David Sambrooks, and Kathy and Brent Smolik.

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