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Singers salute angels of philanthropy with all the right notes at Mission of Yahweh gala

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2 Houston Mission of Yahweh May 2013 Heather Hughes, Henry Richardson, Samantha Kennedy, Adele Hartland
Heather Hughes, from left, Henry Richardson, Samantha Kennedy and Adele Hartland at the Mission of Yahweh gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
23 Houston Mission of Yahweh May 2013 Brittany McCord, Libby McKinney
Brittany McCord, left, and Libby McKinney at the Mission of Yahweh gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
25 Houston Mission of Yahweh May 2013 Sidney Faust, Linda Martin, Trini Mendenhall-Sosa, Cora Sue Mach
Sidney Faust, from left, Linda Martin, Trini Mendenhall-Sosa and Cora Sue Mach at the Mission of Yahweh gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
1 Houston Mission of Yahweh May 2013 Pam Lockhard, Monica Hartland, Warner Roberts
Pam Lockhard, from left, Monica Hartland and Warner Roberts at the Mission of Yahweh gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
22 Houston Mission of Yahweh May 2013 Gary Haymond, Amy Haymond
Gary and Amy Haymond at the Mission of Yahweh gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
15 Houston Mission of Yahweh May 2013 Brad Marks, Joanna Hartland Marks
Brad Marks and Joanna Hartland Marks at the Mission of Yahweh gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
18 Houston Mission of Yahweh May 2013 Jason Arnoldy, Lindley Arnoldy
Jason and Lindley Arnoldy at the Mission of Yahweh gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
19 Houston Mission of Yahweh May 2013 Monsour Taghdisi, Laura Ward
Monsour Taghdisi and Laura Ward at the Mission of Yahweh gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
5 Houston Mission of Yahweh May 2013 Mike Poe, Kristin Poe, Ting Bresnahan, John Bresnahan
Mike and Kristin Poe, left, with Ting and John Bresnahan at the Mission of Yahweh gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
13 Houston Mission of Yahweh May 2013 Tracy Dieterich, Valerie Dieterich
Tracy and Valerie Dieterich at the Mission of Yahweh gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
8 Houston Mission of Yahweh May 2013 Betty Tutor, Jesse Tutor
Betty and Jesse Tutor at the Mission of Yahweh gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
17 Houston Mission of Yahweh May 2013 Shelby Kibodeaux, Francie Willis, Bruce Padilla
Shelby Kibodeaux, from left, Francie Willis and Bruce Padilla  at the Mission of Yahweh gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
3 Houston Mission of Yahweh May 2013 Frank Sosa, Trini Mendenhall-Sosa, John Blaisdell
Frank Sosa and Trini Mendenhall-Sosa, left, with John Blaisdell at the Mission of Yahweh gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
10 Houston Mission of Yahweh May 2013 Monica McFarland, Nicole Psillides, Rachel Martin
Monica McFarland, from left, Nicole Psillides and Rachel Martin at the Mission of Yahweh gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
7 Houston Mission of Yahweh May 2013 Erich Ploog, Ben Johnston, Katy Berardo, Angel Rios
Erich Ploog, from left, Ben Johnston, Katy Berardo and Angel Rios at the Mission of Yahweh gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
2 Houston Mission of Yahweh May 2013 Heather Hughes, Henry Richardson, Samantha Kennedy, Adele Hartland
23 Houston Mission of Yahweh May 2013 Brittany McCord, Libby McKinney
25 Houston Mission of Yahweh May 2013 Sidney Faust, Linda Martin, Trini Mendenhall-Sosa, Cora Sue Mach
1 Houston Mission of Yahweh May 2013 Pam Lockhard, Monica Hartland, Warner Roberts
22 Houston Mission of Yahweh May 2013 Gary Haymond, Amy Haymond
15 Houston Mission of Yahweh May 2013 Brad Marks, Joanna Hartland Marks
18 Houston Mission of Yahweh May 2013 Jason Arnoldy, Lindley Arnoldy
19 Houston Mission of Yahweh May 2013 Monsour Taghdisi, Laura Ward
5 Houston Mission of Yahweh May 2013 Mike Poe, Kristin Poe, Ting Bresnahan, John Bresnahan
13 Houston Mission of Yahweh May 2013 Tracy Dieterich, Valerie Dieterich
8 Houston Mission of Yahweh May 2013 Betty Tutor, Jesse Tutor
17 Houston Mission of Yahweh May 2013 Shelby Kibodeaux, Francie Willis, Bruce Padilla
3 Houston Mission of Yahweh May 2013 Frank Sosa, Trini Mendenhall-Sosa, John Blaisdell
10 Houston Mission of Yahweh May 2013 Monica McFarland, Nicole Psillides, Rachel Martin
7 Houston Mission of Yahweh May 2013 Erich Ploog, Ben Johnston, Katy Berardo, Angel Rios

And we thought we had seen it all at charitable fundraising galas. Well, that was before Friday night's Mission of Yahweh benefit for which the River Oaks Country Club ballroom was filled with song in tribute to the four female honorees.

Hitting all the right notes were gala emcee Deborah Duncan, event planner Paul David Van Atta and Houston Social Book editor Scott Evans as they individually serenaded their assigned honorees — Sydney Faust, Cora Sue Mach, Linda Martin and Trini Mendenhall-Sosa.

Big applause for chairs Samantha Kennedy and Henry Richardson, who brought together a ballroom filled with generous donors to participate in the fifth annual "Mission Incredible Gala." The evening raised close to $500,000 for the Mission of Yahweh's programs to help homeless women. With 52 years of service on the books, the non-profit today has an 11-building shelter dedicated for women and their children.

Adding further clout to the evening were honorary chairs Rose Cullen, Mary Gracely and Martha Turner.

Guests were as moved by the decor (thank you Linda McIngvale, who opened her warehouse of party props) that included life-sized trees covered in lights, a park-like setting with faux grass and crystalline centerpieces that rose from the tables in sparkling splendor. 

Contributing to the event's success were auction co-chairs Katy Calicchia and Julie Pitts and special advisors Pam Lockard, Monica Hartland and Warner Roberts, who says she had to beg Van Atta and Evans to join in the singing.

Swaying to the sounds of the Richard Brown Orchestra were guests including Monsour Taghdisi, Joanna and Brad Marks, John Blaisdell, Harry Mach, Ting and John Bresenahan, Valerie and Tracy Dieterich, Lindley and Jason Arnoldy, Leisa Holland Nelson, Kimberly DeLape, Charlie Hartland, Frank Sosa and Meredith and Ferris Hussein.

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