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Covenant House gala celebrates success of street kids' new lives, raises more than $800,000

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Amanda Crump, from left, Ben Lunquist and Casey and Charles Beyer at the Covenant House Gala April 2014
Amanda Crump, from left, Ben Lunquist and Casey and Charles Beyer. Photo by © David Shutts
Corey Hamilton, from left, Hank and Tonya Hamilton and Luke Hamilton at the Covenant House Gala April 2014
Corey Hamilton, from left, Hank and Tonya Hamilton and Luke Hamilton. Photo by © David Shutts
Lyle and Andrea Eastham, from left, John Isham and Jessica Bird at the Covenant House Gala April 201
Lyle and Andrea Eastham, from left, John Isham and Jessica Bird. Photo by © David Shutts
David and Miranda Paul at the Covenant House Gala April 2014
David and Miranda Paul. Photo by © David Shutts
Susan and Dr. Richard Stasney, from left, with Kathryn Stasney Childers at the Covenant House Gala April 2014
Susan and Dr. Richard Stasney, from left, with Kathryn Stasney Childers. Photo by © David Shutts
June Reeder, from left, Juliet Hubbell, Lynn Plummer and Lisa Kretzschmar at the Covenant House Gala April 2014
June Reeder, from left, Juliet Hubbell, Lynn Plummer and Lisa Kretzschmar. Photo by © David Shutts
Kaitlin Mooney, left, and Maggie Pfeffer at the Covenant House Gala April 2014
Kaitlin Mooney, left, and Maggie Pfeffer. Photo by © David Shutts
Marlene and Kurt Nondorg at the Covenant House Gala April 2014
Marlene and Kurt Nondorg. Photo by © David Shutts
Michelle Hobbs, Robert Hobbs, Covenant House gala, April 2014
Michelle and Robert Hobbs with a popular auction item. Courtesy of Covenant House
Stephanie Joplin, from left, Shannon and Matthew Cochrane, Haeley Baird and Wells and April McGee at the Covenant House Gala April 2014
Stephanie Joplin, from left, Shannon and Matthew Cochrane, Haeley Baird and Wells and April McGee. Photo by © David Shutts
Judi Brubaker, left, and Cheryl Boblitt at the Covenant House Gala April 2014
Judi Brubaker, left, and Cheryl Boblitt. Photo by © David Shutts
Peggy Roe, from left, Ronda Robinson and An Lee at the Covenant House Gala April 201
Peggy Roe, from left, Ronda Robinson and An Lee. Photo by © David Shutts
Andrea Moore and Puppy at the Covenant House Gala April 2014
Andrea Moore and friend. Photo by © David Shutts
Cherie and Erik Kingshill at the Covenant House Gala April 2014
Cherie and Erik Kingshill. Photo by © David Shutts
Conga line to band Sauce at the Covenant House Gala April 2014
Conga line to the music of Sauce the band. Photo by © David Shutts
Amanda Crump, from left, Ben Lunquist and Casey and Charles Beyer at the Covenant House Gala April 2014
Corey Hamilton, from left, Hank and Tonya Hamilton and Luke Hamilton at the Covenant House Gala April 2014
Lyle and Andrea Eastham, from left, John Isham and Jessica Bird at the Covenant House Gala April 201
David and Miranda Paul at the Covenant House Gala April 2014
Susan and Dr. Richard Stasney, from left, with Kathryn Stasney Childers at the Covenant House Gala April 2014
June Reeder, from left, Juliet Hubbell, Lynn Plummer and Lisa Kretzschmar at the Covenant House Gala April 2014
Kaitlin Mooney, left, and Maggie Pfeffer at the Covenant House Gala April 2014
Marlene and Kurt Nondorg at the Covenant House Gala April 2014
Michelle Hobbs, Robert Hobbs, Covenant House gala, April 2014
Stephanie Joplin, from left, Shannon and Matthew Cochrane, Haeley Baird and Wells and April McGee at the Covenant House Gala April 2014
Judi Brubaker, left, and Cheryl Boblitt at the Covenant House Gala April 2014
Peggy Roe, from left, Ronda Robinson and An Lee at the Covenant House Gala April 201
Andrea Moore and Puppy at the Covenant House Gala April 2014
Cherie and Erik Kingshill at the Covenant House Gala April 2014
Conga line to band Sauce at the Covenant House Gala April 2014

Even with the most upbeat of themes and most joyous of times, the Convenant House Texas gala never fails to bring tears along with standing ovations when young residents share their stories. And so it was when 520 supporters stepped into the Hilton Americas-Houston ballroom for an evening of celebration.

The Gatsby-themed "A Night in Time" gala inspired plenty of playful partying and '20s era costumes, wining, dining and dancing. But when the touching video of past and present residents was shown and two current residents talked of how Covenant House had save them during the most difficult of times as homeless youth, the hankies came out.

KHOU Channel 11 meteorologist David Paul emceed the evening that raised more than $800,000, thanks in large part to the efforts of gala chairs Tonya and Hank Hamilton and their committee — Mary Eads, Cheryl Boblitt, Aimee Snoots, Jo Ann Peterson, Linda Ligon and Covenant House Guild president June Reader.

The evening honored the memory of Bill Roe, former board chair of the non-profit, and recognized his wife, Peggy Roe, a guild founder.

Key supporters included Miranda Paul, Jo Ann Petersen, Cheryl Boblitt, Linda and Robert Ligon, Patti and Tom Turner, Kristen and Neal Carlson, Julie and Jay Rogers and Convenant House executive director Ronda Robinson.

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