$1.2 Million Dinner

KIPP Houston scores high in scholastics and fundraising with $1.2 million dinner

KIPP Houston soars in scholastics, fundraising with $1.2 million event

KIPP Houston dinner 4/16, Scott McClelland, Soraya McClelland, Mike Feinberg
Scott McClelland, Soraya McClelland, KIPP co-founder Mike Feinberg. Photo by Vicky Pink
KIPP Houston dinner 4/16, The Rev. Daniel Lahart, Laura Arnold
The Rev. Daniel Lahart, Laura Arnold. Photo by Vicky Pink
KIPP Houston dinner 4/16, A.J. Brass, Katie Brass, Andrew Martire, Jenny Moore, Tom Moore
A.J. Brass, Katie Brass, Andrew Martire, Jenny Moore, Tom Moore. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
KIPP Houston dinner 4/16, Bill Boyar, Gus Feinberg, Colleen Dippel
Bill Boyar, Gus Feinberg, Colleen Dippel. Photo by Vicky Pink
KIPP Houston dinner 4/16, Andrew Martire, James Cepedes, Don North, Lilian Nwora.
Andrew Martire, James Cepedes, Don North, Lilian Nwora. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
KIPP Houston dinner 4/16,  Larry Johnson, Barbara Hurwitz, Sue Smith, Craig Brown
Larry Johnson, Barbara Hurwitz, Sue Smith, Craig Brown. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
KIPP Houston dinner 4/16,  Manolo Sanchez, Daniela Sanchez, Stacy Graub, Steven Graub
Manolo Sanchez, Daniela Sanchez, Stacy Graubart, Steven Graubart. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
KIPP Houston dinner 4/16, Patricia Allen, Alma Allen
Patricia Allen, State Rep. Alma Allen. Photo by Vicky Pink
KIPP Houston dinner 4/16,Sehba Ali, Shehz Ali, Erica Dibella, MarkDiBella
Sehba Ali, Shehz Ali, Erica DiBella, Mark DiBella . Photo by Roswitha Vogler
KIPP Houston dinner 4/16,  Vanessa Ramirez, Ned Becker, Lupita Talley
Vanessa Ramirez, Ned Becker, Lupita Talley. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
KIPP Houston dinner 4/16, Scott McClelland, Soraya McClelland, Mike Feinberg
KIPP Houston dinner 4/16, The Rev. Daniel Lahart, Laura Arnold
KIPP Houston dinner 4/16, A.J. Brass, Katie Brass, Andrew Martire, Jenny Moore, Tom Moore
KIPP Houston dinner 4/16, Bill Boyar, Gus Feinberg, Colleen Dippel
KIPP Houston dinner 4/16, Andrew Martire, James Cepedes, Don North, Lilian Nwora.
KIPP Houston dinner 4/16,  Larry Johnson, Barbara Hurwitz, Sue Smith, Craig Brown
KIPP Houston dinner 4/16,  Manolo Sanchez, Daniela Sanchez, Stacy Graub, Steven Graub
KIPP Houston dinner 4/16, Patricia Allen, Alma Allen
KIPP Houston dinner 4/16,Sehba Ali, Shehz Ali, Erica Dibella, MarkDiBella
KIPP Houston dinner 4/16,  Vanessa Ramirez, Ned Becker, Lupita Talley

Defying all odds, H-Town's fundraising continues — at least in some quarters — to soar with ease to the seven-figure mark in proceeds. Case in point, KIPP's  15th annual dinner, celebrating 22 years, that raised more than $1.2 million.

This special night saluted the heads of area private schools that have assisted with KIPP students and partnered with KIPP for the past 18 years, beginning when KIPP did not have high schools — honorees  Ned Becker, Episcopal High School; Don North, The Kinkaid School; Sister Jane Meyer, St. Agnes Academy; Philip Cannon, St. John’s School; and the Rev. Brian Zinnamon (in memoriam), Strake Jesuit College Preparatory.

Continuing that train of through, serving as honorary dinner hosts were Andrew Martire, The Kinkaid School; Sister Jane Meyer, St. Agnes Academy; Mark Desjardins, St. John’s School; and the Rev. Daniel Lahart, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory. 

More than 850 attended the evening that featured the talent of KIPP students including the KIPP Sharpstown College Prep Orchestra, the KIPP ZENITH primary cheerleaders, and the KIPP Houston High School Crew which performed choreographed routines. 

Those guests included KIPP co-founder Mike Feinberg, Soraya and Scott McClelland, Katy Caldwell, U.S. District Judge Gregg Costa, Katie and A.J. Brass, Andrea and Bill White, Diana Davila, Barbara and Charles Hurwitz, Ellen and Bob Sanborn, Leslie and Sid Weiss, and State Reps. Alma Allen, Gilbert Pena, and Gene Wu.

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