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Circus carnival gala with stilt walkers, jugglers and carousel horses raises $700,000 for Covenant House

Big top circus carnival gala raises $700,000 for Covenant House

1 Jo Ann Petersen, from left, Cheryl Boblitt and Angela James at the Covenant House Gala March 2015
Gala chairs Jo Ann Petersen, from left, Cheryl Boblitt and Angela James are surrounded by the circus characters that added verve to the party. Photo by David Shutts
20 Melody Bailiff and Bryce Reeder at the Covenant House Gala March 2015
Melody Bailiff and Bryce Reeder. Photo by David Shutts
18 David Daspit and Jennifer Daspit-Rose at the Covenant House Gala March 2015
David Daspit and Jennifer Daspit-Rose. Photo by David Shutts
17 Kurt and Marlene Nondorf at the Covenant House Gala March 2015
Kurt and Marlene Nondorf. Photo by David Shutts
14 John Isham, from left, Kristen Daniels, Lyle Eastham, Hollie Wells and Jesse Burgr at the Covenant House Gala March 2015
John Isham, from left, Kristen Daniels, Lyle Eastham, Hollie Wells and Jesse Burgr. Photo by David Shutts
16 Kimberly Sweet and Jeff Hastings at the Covenant House Gala March 2015
Kimberly Sweet and Jeff Hastings. Photo by David Shutts
15 Heather and Greg Hernandez at the Covenant House Gala March 2015
Heather and Greg Hernandez. Photo by David Shutts
12 Charles and Casey Beyer at the Covenant House Gala March 2015
Charles and Casey Beyer. Photo by David Shutts
11 Ashley and Michael Woodson at the Covenant House Gala March 2015
Ashley and Michael Woodson. Photo by David Shutts
10 Judeene and Max Edison at the Covenant House Gala March 2015
Judeene and Max Edison. Photo by David Shutts
7 Michele Hobbs with Susie Q, left, and Camille Tichenor at the Covenant House Gala March 2015
Michele Hobbs with Susie Q, left, and Camille Tichenor. Photo by David Shutts
5 David and Miranda Paul at the Covenant House Gala March 2015
David and Miranda Paul. Photo by David Shutts
3 Robert and Linda Ligon, left, with Doug Pitcock at the Covenant House Gala March 2015
Robert and Linda Ligon, left, with Doug Pitcock. Photo by David Shutts
2 Lisa and John Sarvadi, left, and Ronda Robinson at the Covenant House Gala March 2015
Lisa and John Sarvadi, left, with Ronda Robinson. Photo by David Shutts
19 Mary Eads, from left, Doug Pitcock, Linda Bell, Angela James, June Reeder, Jo Ann Petersen, John Sarvadi, Cheryl Boblitt, Ronda Robinson and Randy Walker at the Covenant House Gala March 2015
Mary Eads, from left, Doug Pitcock, Linda Bell, Angela James, June Reeder, Jo Ann Petersen, John Sarvadi, Cheryl Boblitt, Ronda Robinson and Randy Walker. Photo by David Shutts
1 Jo Ann Petersen, from left, Cheryl Boblitt and Angela James at the Covenant House Gala March 2015
20 Melody Bailiff and Bryce Reeder at the Covenant House Gala March 2015
18 David Daspit and Jennifer Daspit-Rose at the Covenant House Gala March 2015
17 Kurt and Marlene Nondorf at the Covenant House Gala March 2015
14 John Isham, from left, Kristen Daniels, Lyle Eastham, Hollie Wells and Jesse Burgr at the Covenant House Gala March 2015
16 Kimberly Sweet and Jeff Hastings at the Covenant House Gala March 2015
15 Heather and Greg Hernandez at the Covenant House Gala March 2015
12 Charles and Casey Beyer at the Covenant House Gala March 2015
11 Ashley and Michael Woodson at the Covenant House Gala March 2015
10 Judeene and Max Edison at the Covenant House Gala March 2015
7 Michele Hobbs with Susie Q, left, and Camille Tichenor at the Covenant House Gala March 2015
5 David and Miranda Paul at the Covenant House Gala March 2015
3 Robert and Linda Ligon, left, with Doug Pitcock at the Covenant House Gala March 2015
2 Lisa and John Sarvadi, left, and Ronda Robinson at the Covenant House Gala March 2015
19 Mary Eads, from left, Doug Pitcock, Linda Bell, Angela James, June Reeder, Jo Ann Petersen, John Sarvadi, Cheryl Boblitt, Ronda Robinson and Randy Walker at the Covenant House Gala March 2015

You won't meet a more fun-loving, civic-minded trio than Cheryl Bobbit, Angela James and Jo Ann Petersen. As chairs of Convenant House Texas' "Circus Carnivale" gala, they proved their puck at the Hilton Americas-Houston with a wildly fun evening that earned $700,000 for the non-profit.

Stilt walkers and jugglers welcomed the 475-plus guests, who wined, dined and danced to the sounds of Password on this evening filled with emotion and pride.

Emcee David Paul, KHOU Channel 11 chief meteorologist, introduced seven Convenant House Texas residents who shared their stories and told of how the non-profit had saved them from a life on the streets. A video tribute was presented on the late Eleanor "Puddie" Pitcock, a long-time CHT board member and supporter, who received the Spirit Award. Accepting honors on his wife's behalf was Doug Pitcock.

Taking bows as gala honorees were trustees of the Iris & Lloyd Webre Foundation — Camille Tichenor, Lloyd P. Webre, Mary Iris Webre, Roberta Rude, Iris Allen and Bob Duboise.

Once the serious business was done, the chairs cranked up the fun with the circus characters and the band. Among the revelers were CHT executive director and CEO Ronda Robinson, board chairman John Savardi and wife Lisa, Kurt and Marlene Nondorf, Jacqueline Fair, Tonya Hamilton, Ahsley and Michael Woodson, Mary Eads, Aimee Snoots and CHT Guild president June Reeder.