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.
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.