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$1.1 million dinner breaks a record while building hope: This is no ordinary meal

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25 282-Michael and Lucia Cordua, from left, and Mary and Miguel Espinosa at the Casa de Esperanza benefit April 2014
Michael and Lucia Cordua, from left, and Mary and Miguel Espinosa. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
22 244-Cullen Kappler and Elizabeth Webster at the Casa de Esperanza benefit April 2014
Cullen Kappler and Elizabeth Webster. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
23 267- Kathy Foster, from left, Bill Jones and Bonner and George Ball at the Casa de Esperanza benefit April 2014
Kathy Foster, from left, Bill Jones and Bonner and George Ball. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
24 269-Peyton Popp, from left, Leslie Pitts, Anne Calder and Alana Highberger at the Casa de Esperanza benefit April 2014
Peyton Popp, from left, Leslie Pitts, Anne Calder and Alana Highberger. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
14 69-Brittany Bloom and Brad Dinerstein at the Casa de Esperanza benefit April 2014
Brittany Bloom and Brad Dinerstein. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
21 241-Julie and Stephen Chen at the Casa de Esperanza benefit April 2014.jpg
Julie and Stephen Chen. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
19 151 The venue at the Casa de Esperanza benefit April 2014
The venue at the Casa de Esperanza benefit. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
18 117-Scott and Soraya McClellan at the Casa de Esperanza benefit April 2014
Scott and Soraya McClellan. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
17 106-Kathy and Steve Covey at the Casa de Esperanza benefit April 2014
Kathy and Steve Covey. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
13 65-Chris and Sherri Boatwright, from left, with Bill Jones at the Casa de Esperanza benefit April 2014
Chris and Sherri Boatwright, from left, with Bill Jones. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
11 60-Lisa and Walker Barnett, from left, and Allison and Dan Connaly at the Casa de Esperanza benefit April 2014
Lisa and Walker Barnett, from left, and Allison and Dan Connaly. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
9 54-Ted and Natasha Collie, from left, with Will Brown at the Casa de Esperanza benefit April 2014
Ted and Natasha Collie, from left, with Will Brown. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
7 44-Suzann Richardson, from left, Tom Anderson and Pat Green at the Casa de Esperanza benefit April 2014
Suzann Richardson, from left, Tom Anderson and Pat Green. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
6 38 Austin and Meredith Muck, from left, and Molly and Patrick Johnson at the Casa de Esperanza benefit April 2014
Austin and Meredith Muck, from left, and Molly and Patrick Johnson. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
5 37 Bill and Cynthia Kinney, from left, with Joe Thomson at the Casa de Esperanza benefit April 2014
Bill and Cynthia Kinney, from left, with Joe Thomson. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
1 21 Marilyn and Alex Somers at the Casa de Esperanza benefit April 2014
Marilyn and Alex Somers. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
25 282-Michael and Lucia Cordua, from left, and Mary and Miguel Espinosa at the Casa de Esperanza benefit April 2014
22 244-Cullen Kappler and Elizabeth Webster at the Casa de Esperanza benefit April 2014
23 267- Kathy Foster, from left, Bill Jones and Bonner and George Ball at the Casa de Esperanza benefit April 2014
24 269-Peyton Popp, from left, Leslie Pitts, Anne Calder and Alana Highberger at the Casa de Esperanza benefit April 2014
14 69-Brittany Bloom and Brad Dinerstein at the Casa de Esperanza benefit April 2014
21 241-Julie and Stephen Chen at the Casa de Esperanza benefit April 2014.jpg
19 151 The venue at the Casa de Esperanza benefit April 2014
18 117-Scott and Soraya McClellan at the Casa de Esperanza benefit April 2014
17 106-Kathy and Steve Covey at the Casa de Esperanza benefit April 2014
13 65-Chris and Sherri Boatwright, from left, with Bill Jones at the Casa de Esperanza benefit April 2014
11 60-Lisa and Walker Barnett, from left, and Allison and Dan Connaly at the Casa de Esperanza benefit April 2014
9 54-Ted and Natasha Collie, from left, with Will Brown at the Casa de Esperanza benefit April 2014
7 44-Suzann Richardson, from left, Tom Anderson and Pat Green at the Casa de Esperanza benefit April 2014
6 38 Austin and Meredith Muck, from left, and Molly and Patrick Johnson at the Casa de Esperanza benefit April 2014
5 37 Bill and Cynthia Kinney, from left, with Joe Thomson at the Casa de Esperanza benefit April 2014
1 21 Marilyn and Alex Somers at the Casa de Esperanza benefit April 2014

What: Casa de Esperanza "Building Hope for Children" evening.

Where: At the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.

The 411: Hats off to chairs Bonner and George Ball, Caroline and Will Brown and Ben Brown and to corporate chair, Merrill A. “Pete” Miller Jr. for the successful dinner that earned a record $1.1 million for the non-profit that provides a safe place for children in crisis due to abuse, neglect or the effects of HIV.

Attended by more than 650 guests, the festive evening honored Mary and Miguel Espinosa with the Michael Cordúa Spirit of Hope Award, Mary Ellen Prochazka as Community Volunteer of the Year and Brad Dinerstein and Tim Neuhaus as Young Professional Volunteers of the Year.

Hosts Lucia and Michael Cordúa and chef David Cordúa and their Cordúa Catering pulled out the stops for the amazing dinner. 

Who: Joining auction chairs Regina Lewis and Julia Longoria in leading the night to its unprecedented success were Kathy Foster, Bill Jones, Austin and Meredith Muck, Molly and Patrick Johnson, Tom Anderson, Pat Green, Marilyn and Alex Somers, Soraya and Scott McClelland and Natasha and Ted Collie.

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