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Six years and counting: Casa de Esperanza's 35th anniversary gala rakes in $1 million — again


Houston, Casa de Esperanza Building Hope for Children Gala, April 2017, Cameron Colvill, Sarah Colvill, Alex Saxe, Connor Saxe
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Houston, Casa de Esperanza Building Hope for Children Gala, April 2017, Michael Cordua, Lucia Cordua
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Houston, Casa de Esperanza Building Hope for Children Gala, April 2017, Amy Dust, Norma Pineda
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Houston, Casa de Esperanza Building Hope for Children Gala, April 2017, Taelor Powell, Katie Griffin
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Houston, Casa de Esperanza Building Hope for Children Gala, April 2017, Lindy McGee, Tom McGee
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Houston, Casa de Esperanza Building Hope for Children Gala, April 2017, Kennedy Davis, Nicole Davis
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Houston, Casa de Esperanza Building Hope for Children Gala, April 2017, Camille Connelly, Elizabeth Douglass, Regina Lewis, Courtney Orsak
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Houston, Casa de Esperanza Building Hope for Children Gala, April 2017, April McGee, Wells McGee
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Houston, Casa de Esperanza Building Hope for Children Gala, April 2017, Landon Gerlich, Bess Garrison
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Houston, Casa de Esperanza Building Hope for Children Gala, April 2017, Wade Upton, Flo McGee
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Houston, Casa de Esperanza Building Hope for Children Gala, April 2017, Jordan Chismar, Rachel Alaniz, Emily Conner, Anna Dattilo
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Houston, Casa de Esperanza Building Hope for Children Gala, April 2017, Matt Pomroy, Maya Pomroy
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Houston, Casa de Esperanza Building Hope for Children Gala, April 2017, Miriam Zatarain, Jan Mendenhall
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More than 650 guests turned out for The Building Hope for Children Gala, raising over $1 million for Casa de Esperanza for the sixth straight year. The nonprofit works to provide a safe place for children in crisis due to abuse, neglect or the effects of HIV.

The annual fundraiser, held at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts and emceed by ABC 13’s Tom Koch, honored Meg and Kirk Gentle, The Dinerstein Companies, Greater Houston Builders Association and HomeAid Houston, Katie Hwu, Jordan and Duncan Balcom, and Katie and Mitchell Currie for their support of the organization.

Wade Upton, Flo McGee, Katie and John Daily, Lindy and Tom McGee, and April and Wells McGee chaired this year's event.

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Among the guests were Cameron Colvill, Sarah Colvill, Alex Saxe, Connor Saxe, pictured in above photo.

Cordúa Restaurants & Catering has catered the annual benefit for 28 consecutive years free of charge, covering all expenses including food, drink and staff. Pictured here, Michael Cordua, Lucia Cordua.

“We’re most fortunate to have the support of Cordua Restaurants & Catering, committed resourceful co-chairs, long time generous donors, and new supporters to work towards our goal of creating a safe place for children in Houston," Casa de Esperanza director Kathy Foster, says in explaining how the nonprofit has brought in more than $1 each of the last six years at its gala.

 

Amy Dust, Norma Pineda.

Taelor Powell, Katie Griffin.

Lindy McGee, Tom McGee.

Kennedy Davis, Nicole Davis.

Camille Connelly, Elizabeth Douglass, Regina Lewis, Courtney Orsak.

April McGee, Wells McGee.

Landon Gerlich, Bess Garrison.

Wade Upton, Flo McGee.

Jordan Chismar, Rachel Alaniz, Emily Conner, Anna Dattilo.

Matt Pomroy, Maya Pomroy.

Miriam Zatarain, Jan Mendenhall.

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