Record Breaking Night

Chuck Norris raises mega bucks for his Kickstart Kids, teaching charater through karate

Chuck Norris raises mega bucks for his multi-faceted Kickstart Kids

Kickstart gala 5/16, Chuck Norris, Gena Norris, Linda McIngvale, Jim McIngvale
 Chuck Norris, Gena Norris, Linda McIngvale, Jim McIngvale. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Kickstart gala 5/16,  Toni Pickens, Boone Pickens
Toni Pickens, Boone Pickens. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Kickstart gala 5/16, Keith Mosing, Alice Mosing, Bill HIckl
Keith Mosing, Alice Mosing, Bill Hickl.  Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Kickstart gala 5/16,  Angela West, Allen West
Angela West, Allen West. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Kickstart gala 5/16, Lindsey Love, Patrick Daniel, Brenda Love
Lindsey Love, Patrick Daniel, Brenda Love. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Kickstart gala 5/16, Glenn Reyes, Hallie Vanderhider, Michael Vanderhider.
Glenn Reyes, Hallie Vanderhider, Michael Vanderhider. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Kickstart gala 5/16, Chuck Norris, Gena Norris, Linda McIngvale, Jim McIngvale
Kickstart gala 5/16,  Toni Pickens, Boone Pickens
Kickstart gala 5/16, Keith Mosing, Alice Mosing, Bill HIckl
Kickstart gala 5/16,  Angela West, Allen West
Kickstart gala 5/16, Lindsey Love, Patrick Daniel, Brenda Love
Kickstart gala 5/16, Glenn Reyes, Hallie Vanderhider, Michael Vanderhider.

What: Kickstart Kids' "Heroes Among Us" gala.

Where: Hilton Americas-Houston.

The scoop: With Alice and Keith Mosing, Toni and Boone Pickens, and Kickstart Kids founders Gena and Chuck Norris as chairs, the evening raised a record $800,000 for the program that will reach more than 8,000 students in more than 50 schools. The soirée honored Linda and Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale as well as four of the Kickstart instructors.

"Research shows students who enroll in the KICKSTART KIDS program" Norris said, "are more likely to exhibit the personal character traits of responsibility, self-discipline and diligence, and the interpersonal character traits of kindness, respect, honesty, tolerance, and empathy."

Who: Special guests Lt. Col. Allen West and wife Angela Graham-West, Judge Michael McSpadden and Jane Johnston, Maria and Neil Bush, Chris and Mike Forshey, Kim and Eric Self, Sherry and Bill Berry, Juli and Kevin Mitchell.

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