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A musical savant, talented youngsters and a popular radio host step up for TUTS

A musical savant, talented youngsters and a popular radio host step up

Joan Cohen, left, and Kerry Gerachis at the TUTS Dream Out Loud Celebration March 2015
Honorary chairs Joan Cohen, left, and Kerry Gerachis. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Cathleen Lewis and Rex Lewis-Clack at the TUTS Dream Out Loud Celebration March 2015
Cathleen Lewis and Rex Lewis-Clack. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Amy Pierce, left, with Danny and Robin Klaes at the TUTS Dream Out Loud Celebration March 2015
Amy Pierce, left, with Danny and Robin Klaes. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Cathy and Bob Binstock at the TUTS Dream Out Loud Celebration March 2015
Cathy and Bob Binstock. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Lori Wulfe, left, and Joan Cohen at the TUTS Dream Out Loud Celebration March 2015
Lori Wulfe, left, and Joan Cohen. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Lenjen Go and Charlie Thomas at the TUTS Dream Out Loud Celebration March 2015
Lenjen Go and Charlie Thomas. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Shelly Smith Hendry, left, and Amy Pierce at the TUTS Dream Out Loud Celebration March 2015
Shelly Smith Hendry, left, and Amy Pierce. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Paige and Ron May at the TUTS Dream Out Loud Celebration March 2015
Paige and Ron May. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Jeff and Kathryn Smith at the TUTS Dream Out Loud Celebration March 2015
Jeff and Kathryn Smith. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Becky and Bart McAndrews at the TUTS Dream Out Loud Celebration March 2015
Becky and Bart McAndrews. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
John Paul and Cori Stevenson at the TUTS Dream Out Loud Celebration March 2015
John Paul and Cori Stevenson. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Carel Stith and Bonnie Hellums  at the TUTS Dream Out Loud Celebration March 2015
Carel Stith and Bonnie Hellums. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Joan Cohen, left, and Kerry Gerachis at the TUTS Dream Out Loud Celebration March 2015
Cathleen Lewis and Rex Lewis-Clack at the TUTS Dream Out Loud Celebration March 2015
Amy Pierce, left, with Danny and Robin Klaes at the TUTS Dream Out Loud Celebration March 2015
Cathy and Bob Binstock at the TUTS Dream Out Loud Celebration March 2015
Lori Wulfe, left, and Joan Cohen at the TUTS Dream Out Loud Celebration March 2015
Lenjen Go and Charlie Thomas at the TUTS Dream Out Loud Celebration March 2015
Shelly Smith Hendry, left, and Amy Pierce at the TUTS Dream Out Loud Celebration March 2015
Paige and Ron May at the TUTS Dream Out Loud Celebration March 2015
Jeff and Kathryn Smith at the TUTS Dream Out Loud Celebration March 2015
Becky and Bart McAndrews at the TUTS Dream Out Loud Celebration March 2015
John Paul and Cori Stevenson at the TUTS Dream Out Loud Celebration March 2015
Carel Stith and Bonnie Hellums  at the TUTS Dream Out Loud Celebration March 2015

What: Theatre Under the Stars' "Dream Outloud Celebration" benefiting The River Performing and Visual Arts Center.

Where: The Junior League of Houston.

The 411: While blind and autistic musical savant Rex Lewis-Clack wowed the gathering of 260 with his piano talents, it was the students from The River Performance Troupe, which includes students from TUTS' Humphreys School of Musical Theatre, who brought the house down with their interpretation of Alesso’s “Heroes."

In from Southern California, Lewis-Clack and his mother, Cathleen Lewis, received the annual Sammy Award for their dedication to advocating for individuals with disabilities. The award is named after Samantha Binstock, who while dealing with cystic fibrosis was inspiration for establishment of The River by her parents, Cathy and Bob Binstock. After the award presentation, Samantha, now married and a college student, spoke on the value of The River experience.

The dinner evening was chaired by Robin and Danny Klaes with Joan Cohen and Kerry Gerachis serving as honorary chairs. Sunny 99.1's Dana Tyson held the reins as emcee while Jeff Smith wielded the gavel as auctioneer.

Who: Lenjen Go and Charlie Thomas, Gracey and Mike Hall, Meredith Phillip-Tcholakian, Marsha Taylor, Cori and John Paul Stevenson, Amy Pierce, Becky and Bart McAndrews and Susan and Daryl Grieger.