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Poignant stories make Covenant House gala special while raising nearly $750,000

Poignant stories add special touch to Covenant House Gala

Covenant House Gala, March 2016, Chita Johnson, David Paul
Covenant House gala emcees KTRK Channel 11 meteorologists Chita Johnson David Paul.  Photo by David Shutts
Covenant House Gala, March 2016, June Reeder Leppard, Patti Turner, Marlene Nondorf
Covenant House gala chairs June Reeder Leppard, Patti Turner, Marlene Nondorf. Photo by David Shutts
Covenant House Gala, March 2016, Greg Hernandez, Ronda Robinson, Randall Walker
Greg Hernandez, Ronda Robinson, Randall Walker. Photo by David Shutts
Covenant House Gala, March 2016, Charles Fridge, Danielle Fridge
 Charles Fridge, Danielle Fridge. Photo by David Shutts
Covenant House Gala, March 2016, Taft McWhorter
Taft McWhorter speed paints the Texas flag for auction. Photo by David Shutts
Covenant House Gala, March 2016, Lula Richard, J.R. Richard, Jacqueline Fair
Lula Richard, J.R. Richard, Jacqueline Fair. Photo by David Shutts
Covenant House Gala, March 2016, Brett Hamilton, Anne Hamilton, Dominique Sage, Hunter Sage
Brett Hamilton, Anne Hamilton, Dominique Sage, Hunter Sage. Photo by David Shutts
Covenant House Gala, March 2016, John Sarvadi, Lisa Sarvadi
John Sarvadi, Lisa Sarvadi. Photo by David Shutts
Covenant House Gala, March 2016,Bob George, JoAnn Petersen
Bob George, JoAnn Petersen. Photo by David Shutts
Covenant House Gala, March 2016, Susan Stasney, Dr. Dick Stasney, Susan Stasney
Susan Stasney, Dr. Dick Stasney, Susan Stasney. Photo by David Shutts
Covenant House Gala, March 2016, Marlene Nondorf, Kurt Nondorf
Marlene Nondorf, Kurt Nondorf. Photo by David Shutts
Covenant House Gala, March 2016, Fallon eagan, Susan McCommon, Kristen Carlson, Neal Carlson
Fallon Eagan, Susan McCommon, Kristen Carlson, Neal Carlson. Photo by David Shutts
Convenant House Gala, march 2016, 26) Mimi Arnold, Alan Arnold,Dina Taaffe, Ryan Taaffe, Nancy Kate Prescott
 Mimi Arnold, Alan Arnold, Dina Taaffe, Ryan Taaffe, Nancy Kate Prescott. Photo by David Shutts
Covenant House Gala, March 2016, Chita Johnson, David Paul
Covenant House Gala, March 2016, June Reeder Leppard, Patti Turner, Marlene Nondorf
Covenant House Gala, March 2016, Greg Hernandez, Ronda Robinson, Randall Walker
Covenant House Gala, March 2016, Charles Fridge, Danielle Fridge
Covenant House Gala, March 2016, Taft McWhorter
Covenant House Gala, March 2016, Lula Richard, J.R. Richard, Jacqueline Fair
Covenant House Gala, March 2016, Brett Hamilton, Anne Hamilton, Dominique Sage, Hunter Sage
Covenant House Gala, March 2016, John Sarvadi, Lisa Sarvadi
Covenant House Gala, March 2016,Bob George, JoAnn Petersen
Covenant House Gala, March 2016, Susan Stasney, Dr. Dick Stasney, Susan Stasney
Covenant House Gala, March 2016, Marlene Nondorf, Kurt Nondorf
Covenant House Gala, March 2016, Fallon eagan, Susan McCommon, Kristen Carlson, Neal Carlson
Convenant House Gala, march 2016, 26) Mimi Arnold, Alan Arnold,Dina Taaffe, Ryan Taaffe, Nancy Kate Prescott

We've seen guests at charitable fundraisers reduced to tears by poignant testimonials, but perhaps none has been more moving than that of the two young clients of Covenant House Texas who told their gritty and heart-wrenching stories of being on the street and trafficked across the country, ending up in Houston.

Covenant House Texas CEO Ronda Robinson stood by the girls and gave them reassuring hugs when they had to pause for a few moments in the middle of their emotional tales. Many among the 575 supporters in the Omni Houston Hotel ballroom were brought to tears and were inspired further to support the non-profit that provides a haven for homeless and runaway youths.

None probably understood their story better than Greg Hernandez, a former CHT youth, who shared the spotlight as honoree along with Randall L. Walker. Both are executives with Bank of Texas and both are long-time supporters of the non-profit.

Chaired by June Reeder Leppard, Marlene Nondorf, and Patti Turner, the annual gala raised close to $750,000. 

The evening was not without its lighter moments, particularly with KHOU Channel 11 meteorologists David Paul and Chita Johnson serving as emcees and auctioneers.

CHT supporters included special guest former Astro pitcher J.R. Richard and wife Lula, guild president Jacqueline Fair, JoAnn Petersen, Lisa and John Sarvadi, Susan and Dr. Dick Stasney, Tonya and Hank Hamilton, Danielle and Charles Fridge, Anne and Brett Hamilton, and Dina and Ryan Taaffe.

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