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.