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.