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Tony Award winner sings for a great cause in Houston, helps raise $760,000

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Houston Area Women's Center Gala April 2013 Christine Ebersole singing
Christine Ebersole on stage at the Houston Area Women's Center cabaret evening. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
14 Houston Area Women's Center Gala April 2013 Christine Ebersole, Kathy Orton and John Orton
Christine Ebersole, left, with chairs Kathy and John Orton at the Houston Area Women's Center cabaret evening. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
250 Houston Area Women's Center Gala April 2013 Laura Bellows, Stephen Newton, Russell Windham and Vallette Windham
Laura Bellows, from left, chair Stephen Newton and Russell and Vallette Windham at the Houston Area Women's Center cabaret evening. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
305 Houston Area Women's Center Gala April 2013 Genora Boykins and Dwight Boykins, Arvia Few and Jason Few
Genora and Dwight Boykins, left, with Arvia and Jason Few at the Houston Area Women's Center cabaret evening. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
71 Houston Area Women's Center Gala April 2013 Rebecca White, Tom Flanagan, Andrea White
Rebecca White, from left, Tom Flanagan and honoree Andrea White at the Houston Area Women's Center cabaret evening. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
187, Houston Area Women's Center Gala April 2013 Janet Moore and Harvin Moore, Alicia Raymond and Shawn Raymond
Janet and Harvin Moore, left, with Alicia and Shawn Raymond at the Houston Area Women's Center cabaret evening. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
Houston Area Women's Center Gala April 2013 Ann Stern and Karl Stern
Karl and Ann Stern at the Houston Area Women's Center cabaret evening. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
Houston Area Women's Center Gala April 2013 Ron Franklin and Janet Gurwitch
Ron Franklin and Janet Gurwitch at the Houston Area Women's Center cabaret evening. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
88 Houston Area Women's Center Gala April 2013 NAMES
Jill and Andy Ralph at the Houston Area Women's Center cabaret evening. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
143 Houston Area Women's Center Gala April 2013 NAMES
Charlene Tsang-Kao and Stephany Legrand at the Houston Area Women's Center cabaret evening. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
Houston Area Women's Center Gala April 2013 Shawn Raymond and Alicia Raymond
Shawn and Alicia Raymond at the Houston Area Women's Center cabaret evening. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
Houston Area Women's Center Gala April 2013 Christine Ebersole singing
14 Houston Area Women's Center Gala April 2013 Christine Ebersole, Kathy Orton and John Orton
250 Houston Area Women's Center Gala April 2013 Laura Bellows, Stephen Newton, Russell Windham and Vallette Windham
305 Houston Area Women's Center Gala April 2013 Genora Boykins and Dwight Boykins, Arvia Few and Jason Few
71 Houston Area Women's Center Gala April 2013 Rebecca White, Tom Flanagan, Andrea White
187, Houston Area Women's Center Gala April 2013 Janet Moore and Harvin Moore, Alicia Raymond and Shawn Raymond
Houston Area Women's Center Gala April 2013 Ann Stern and Karl Stern
Houston Area Women's Center Gala April 2013 Ron Franklin and Janet Gurwitch
88 Houston Area Women's Center Gala April 2013 NAMES
143 Houston Area Women's Center Gala April 2013 NAMES
Houston Area Women's Center Gala April 2013 Shawn Raymond and Alicia Raymond

Opting not to stray far from message during its annual gala, the Houston Area Women's Center featured not only the sounds of Tony winner Christine Ebersole but also a compelling story of domestic violence as told by a survivor.

After sharing her harrowing story, Laura White received a standing ovation in the Omni Houston Hotel ballroom from the generous crowd that raised $760,000. More than $65,000 of that came during a mission-driven paddles up appeal. Proceeds will aid victims of domestic and sexual violence through HAWC programs.

Betty and Stephen Newton and Kathy and John Orton chaired the evening that featured Ebersole in a dinner show offering of inspired singing that was in keeping with the evening's theme, "A Night at the Cabaret." 

The benefit honored author and Houston's former first lady Andrea White, a long-time and hands-on supporter of HAWC, and Memorial-Hermann Health System which has partnered with the non-profit since 1985.

The support group on hand included Arvia and Jason Few, Carole Groppe, Cynthia and Robert Creager, Susan Bickley and Robert Scott, Marie Bosarge, Janet Gurwitch and Ron Franklin, Jenny Elkins, Melinda Snell and David Elder, Anita and Gerald Smith, Naomi Warren and Cynthia and Tony Petrello.

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