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The numbers add up to $1.56 million for Reasoning Mind math education program

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Reasoning Mind Houston May 2013 Stephanie Cockrell and Ernie Cockrell, Estela Cockrell and David Cockrell
Chairs Stephanie and Ernie Cockrell, left, with Estela and David Cockrell at the Reasoning Mind dinner. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Reasoning Mind Houston May 2013 Gary Petersen and Elizabeth Petersen
Gary and Elizabeth Petersen at the Reasoning Mind dinner. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Reasoning Mind Houston May 2013 Steven Owsley and Carbina Owsley, NAME, Eddie Allen
Steven and Carbina Owsley, from left, Ann Vaughn and Eddie Allen at the Reasoning Mind dinner. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Reasoning Mind Houston May 2013 Janet Cockrell, Ernest Cockrell
Janet and Ernie Cockrell at the Reasoning Mind dinner. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Reasoning Mind Houston May 2013 John Stevens and Ashley Stevens, Christy Jennings and Webb Jennings
John and Ashley Stevens, left, with Christy and Webb Jennings  at the Reasoning Mind dinner. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Reasoning Mind Houston May 2013 Christine Hoffer, Jason Stabell, Celina Stabell
Christine Hoffer, left, with Jason and Celina Stabell at the Reasoning Mind dinner. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Reasoning Mind Houston May 2013 A.J. Bass and Katie Bass
A.J. and Katie Bass at the Reasoning Mind dinner. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Reasoning Mind Houston May 2013 Tadd Tellepsen and Jennifer Tellepsen, Beau Bisso and Eva Bisso, Claudia Contreras and Roberto Contreras
Tadd and Jennifer Tellepsen, from left, Beau and Eva Bisso and Claudia and Roberto Contreras at the Reasoning Mind dinner. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Reasoning Mind Houston May 2013 John Mendelsohn and Anne Mendelsohn
Dr. John and Anne Mendelsohn at the Reasoning Mind dinner. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Reasoning Mind Houston May 2013 floral arrangment table decorations
Tables were beautifully decorated for the Reasoning Mind dinner at the Museum of Natural Science. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Reasoning Mind Houston May 2013 Stephanie Cockrell and Ernie Cockrell, Estela Cockrell and David Cockrell
Reasoning Mind Houston May 2013 Gary Petersen and Elizabeth Petersen
Reasoning Mind Houston May 2013 Steven Owsley and Carbina Owsley, NAME, Eddie Allen
Reasoning Mind Houston May 2013 Janet Cockrell, Ernest Cockrell
Reasoning Mind Houston May 2013 John Stevens and Ashley Stevens, Christy Jennings and Webb Jennings
Reasoning Mind Houston May 2013 Christine Hoffer, Jason Stabell, Celina Stabell
Reasoning Mind Houston May 2013 A.J. Bass and Katie Bass
Reasoning Mind Houston May 2013 Tadd Tellepsen and Jennifer Tellepsen, Beau Bisso and Eva Bisso, Claudia Contreras and Roberto Contreras
Reasoning Mind Houston May 2013 John Mendelsohn and Anne Mendelsohn
Reasoning Mind Houston May 2013 floral arrangment table decorations

The Cockrell Foundation once again proved its philanthropic prowess when it matched — to the tune of $780,000 — funds raised at the Reasoning Mind dinner, bringing total proceeds from the evening at the Houston Museum of Natural Science to $1.56 million.

The foundation was one of the core funders of the on-line math curriculum, founded in Houston, that is now serving nearly 70,000 students in seven states. 

Estela and David Cockrell and Stephanie and Ernie D. Cockrell chaired the evening that feted more than 370 supporters to dinner and a panel discussion featuring Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Houston Endowment president Larry Faulkner with computer scientist and Harvey Mudd College president Maria Klawe serving as moderator.

Initial support from the Cockrell Foundation and that of ExxonMobil Foundation and the Hoglund Foundation allowed the program to launch in 2005 after a successful pilot program in the Houston Independent School District. Funds raised at the dinner will subsidize the cost of programs for schools and support development of programs for additional grade levels.

Among those grasping the importance of a solid math education were Elizabeth and Gary PetersenJanet and Ernie Cockrell, Margaret Alkek Williams, Bobbie and John Nau, Joella and Steve Mach, Carmen and Butch Mach, Jill and Calvin Schlenker, Eva and Beau Bisso, Katie and A.J. Brass, Ginny and L.E. Simmons, Ann Kinder, Rosemarie and Matt Johnson and Sally and David Harvin.

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