Another Million Dollar Night

Casa de Esperanza continues its tradition of seven-figure benefits in night of partying

Casa de Esperanza continues its tradition of seven-figure benefits

Casa de Esperanza dinner 4/16 Tom Koch, Lucia Cordua, Michael Cordua, Alex Brennan-Martin, Robin Brennan-Martin
Tom Koch, Lucia Cordua, Michael Cordua, Alex Brennan-Martin, Robin Brennan-Martin. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Casa de Esperanza dinner 4/16 Chip Earle, Claire Ferguson, Susan Jones, David Jones
Chip Earle, Claire Ferguson, Susan Jones, David Jones. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Casa de Esperanza dinner 4/16 Meg Earle, Chip Earle, Liz Anders, David Anders, Claire Ferguson Tudor, Kathy Ferguson, Kathy Ferguson, Brooke O'Neil, Billy O'Neil, Patrick Chastaing, Meredith Riddle Chastaing
Meg Earle, Chip Earle, Liz Anders, David Anders, Claire Ferguson Tudor, Kathy Ferguson, Kathy Ferguson, Brooke O'Neil, Billy O'Neil, Patrick Chastang, Meredith Riddle Chastang. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Casa de Esperanza dinner 4/16 Josh Bowlin, Paige Bowlin, Rob Anderson, Kristin Anderson
Josh Bowlin, Paige Bowlin, Rob Anderson, Kristin Anderson. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Casa de Esperanza, 4/16, Julie Chen, Stephen Chen.
Julie Chen, Stephen Chen. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Casa de Esperanza, 4/16, Lucia Cordua, Michael Cordua, Kathy Foster
Lucia Cordúa, Michael Cordúa, Kathy Foster. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Casa de Esperanza, 4/16, Lauren Sims, Trent Sims
Lauren Sims, Trent Sims. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Casa de Esperanza, 4/16, Phoebe Tudor, Bobby Tudor.
Phoebe Tudor, Bobby Tudor. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Casa de Esperanza, 4/16, Mike Gough, Jodi Gough, Cayla Wilderman, Cape Bell
Mike Gough, Jodi Gough, Cayla Wilderman, Cape Bell. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Casa de Esperanza, 4/16, Lexie Rose, Collin Rose
Lexie Rose, Collin rose. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Casa de Esperanza dinner 4/16 James Bryant, Ken Grieco, Abby Bryan, John Williford
James Bryant, Ken Grieco, Abby Bryan, John Williford. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Casa de Esperanza dinner 4/16 Tom Koch, Lucia Cordua, Michael Cordua, Alex Brennan-Martin, Robin Brennan-Martin
Casa de Esperanza dinner 4/16 Chip Earle, Claire Ferguson, Susan Jones, David Jones
Casa de Esperanza dinner 4/16 Meg Earle, Chip Earle, Liz Anders, David Anders, Claire Ferguson Tudor, Kathy Ferguson, Kathy Ferguson, Brooke O'Neil, Billy O'Neil, Patrick Chastaing, Meredith Riddle Chastaing
Casa de Esperanza dinner 4/16 Josh Bowlin, Paige Bowlin, Rob Anderson, Kristin Anderson
Casa de Esperanza, 4/16, Julie Chen, Stephen Chen.
Casa de Esperanza, 4/16, Lucia Cordua, Michael Cordua, Kathy Foster
Casa de Esperanza, 4/16, Lauren Sims, Trent Sims
Casa de Esperanza, 4/16, Phoebe Tudor, Bobby Tudor.
Casa de Esperanza, 4/16, Mike Gough, Jodi Gough, Cayla Wilderman, Cape Bell
Casa de Esperanza, 4/16, Lexie Rose, Collin Rose
Casa de Esperanza dinner 4/16 James Bryant, Ken Grieco, Abby Bryan, John Williford

With a group of chairs linked by family ties both immediate and extended, Casa de Esperanza's annual dinner showed the love for the children and foster families that  seek refuge and guidance in the 34-year-old center.

The evening at the Hobby Center raised $1 million for children in crisis due to abuse, neglect or the effects of HIV.

For the 27th consecutive year Lucia and Michael Cordúa, via their Cordúa Catering, hosted the dinner event that began with cocktails on the Hobby Center stage and concluded with seated dinner for more than 600 in the Hobby Center foyer. And that means covering all expenses including food, drink and staff. 

The motivation? We asked.

"The kids. This is Casa de Esperanza to give hope to those kids that no one was giving any thought to," Michael said. "This is not something you do for social reasons. When I told Kathy (Kathy Foster, Casa founder) the first time that we did the first gala at Churrasco's at River Oaks, I told Kathy 'As long as you can use me, you don't need to look for someone else to help you.'"

That largesse is impressive. Foster said, "The generosity of Michael is just unheralded. There is no way you can even describe it because what it says is that he cares for the children of Casa like he cares for his own children." 

Through the years, Casa has lined up a dedicated group of chairs including Sunday night's family group — Kathy and Phil Ferguson, Liz and David Anders, Meredith and Patrick Chastang, Meg and Chip Earle, Brooke and Billy O’Neil, and Claire Ferguson Tudor. President of Houston Energy Ron Neal served as corporate underwriting chair.

With KTRK Channel 13 news anchor Tom Koch serving as emcee, the event honored Barbara and Daniel Molinaro with the Michael Cordúa Spirit of Hope Award, Midway with the Corporate Volunteer award, SMPS — Houston with the Group Volunteer of the Year award, Kristen Kaiser as Community Volunteer of the Year, and Meredith Flaherty and Lauren Simms as Young Professional Volunteers of the Year.

Supporters in the mix included Virginia and Dan Steppe, Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, Amie and Jeff Springmeyer, Bonner and George Ball, Regina Lewis and Joe Chen, Julie and Stephen Chen, Lisa and Michael O'Leary, Ed Smith, and Peggy and Pete Miller.

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