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KIPP fundraiser rakes in $1.5 million and a shout out from the world's richest man

KIPP dinner rakes in $1.5 million & shout out from world's richest man

News, KIPP Academy gala, April 2015, William H. McRaven, Sehba Ali
Keynote speaker William McRaven and Sehba Ali. Photo by Lupita Talley
News, KIPP Academy gala, April 2015, A.J. Brass, Katie Brass, Michael Holthouse
A.J. and Katie Brass, left, with Michael Holthouse. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
News, KIPP Academy gala, April 2015, Linda Theret, Laurie Boniuk, Milton Boniuk, Carol Musher
Linda Theret, from left, Laurie Boniuk, Milton Boniuk and Karol Musher. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
News, KIPP Academy gala, April 2015, Brian McCabe, Mark Desjardins
Brian McCabe and Mike Desjardins. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
News, KIPP Academy gala, April 2015, Ernie Cockrell, Jr., Kendall Tidwell, Stephanie Cockrell, Valeria Sanchez
Ernie Cockrell, Jr., from left, Kendall Tidwell and Stephanie Cockrell with young Valeria Sanchez. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
News, KIPP Academy gala, April 2015, Mike Feinberg, Tricia Dewhurst, David Dewhurst, Ernie Cockrell, Sr.
Mike Feinberg, from left, Tricia and David Dewhurst and Ernie Cockrell, Sr. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
News, KIPP Academy gala, April 2015, Monica Garcia, Adrian Garcia, Claudia Contreras,
Monica and Sheriff Adrian Garcia, left, with Claudia Contreras. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
News, KIPP Academy gala, April 2015, Shawn Gross, Kate Gross, Marcela Gonzalez, Ricardo Gonzalez
Shawn and Kate Gross, left, with Marcela and Ricardo Gonzalez. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
News, KIPP Academy gala, April 2015, Mike Laster, Jeffrey Bricker
Mike Laster, left, and Jeffrey Bricker.  PHoto by Roswitha Vogler
News, KIPP Academy gala, April 2015, Marissa Klussman, Duncan Klussman, Jerry Davis
Marissa and Duncan Klussman, left, with Jerry Davis. Photo by Vicky Pink
News, KiPP Academy gala, April 2015, video of Bill and Melinda Gates
Bill and Melinda Gates give a video message to the gathering. Photo by Vicky Pink
News, KIPP Academy gala, April 2015, KIPP Generations Collegiate Band
KIPP Generations Collegiate Band performs for the dinner crowd. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
News, KIPP Academy gala, April 2015, William H. McRaven, Sehba Ali
News, KIPP Academy gala, April 2015, A.J. Brass, Katie Brass, Michael Holthouse
News, KIPP Academy gala, April 2015, Linda Theret, Laurie Boniuk, Milton Boniuk, Carol Musher
News, KIPP Academy gala, April 2015, Brian McCabe, Mark Desjardins
News, KIPP Academy gala, April 2015, Ernie Cockrell, Jr., Kendall Tidwell, Stephanie Cockrell, Valeria Sanchez
News, KIPP Academy gala, April 2015, Mike Feinberg, Tricia Dewhurst, David Dewhurst, Ernie Cockrell, Sr.
News, KIPP Academy gala, April 2015, Monica Garcia, Adrian Garcia, Claudia Contreras,
News, KIPP Academy gala, April 2015, Shawn Gross, Kate Gross, Marcela Gonzalez, Ricardo Gonzalez
News, KIPP Academy gala, April 2015, Mike Laster, Jeffrey Bricker
News, KIPP Academy gala, April 2015, Marissa Klussman, Duncan Klussman, Jerry Davis
News, KiPP Academy gala, April 2015, video of Bill and Melinda Gates
News, KIPP Academy gala, April 2015, KIPP Generations Collegiate Band

What: KIPP Houston Public Schools' 21st annual dinner, "To Infinity and Beyond."

Where: Bayou City Event Center.

The 411: With a performance by the KIPP Generations Collegiate High School Marching Band and Drumline, the annual fundraising event was off to a rousing start. Add the video message from billionaire philanthropists Melinda and Bill Gates and the cachet of dinner chairs Katie and A.J. Brass and Stephanie and Ernie Cockrell Jr. and you had an event guaranteed to succeed.

And well it did, bringing in a whopping $1.5 million for the charter school system with a proven success record. Keynote speaker was Retired Navy Adm. William H. McRaven, chancellor of the University of Texas System.

Who: City Council members Mike Laster, Jack Christie and Jerry Davis plus Tricia and David Dewhurst, Monica and Adrian Garcia, Marissa and Duncan Klussman, Ernie Cockrell Sr., Michael Holthouse, Laurie and Milton Boniuk, Claudia Contreras and KIPP co-founder Mike Feinberg.