The Power of Mentoring

Big Brothers Big Sisters black-tie gala strikes a chord with adults and youngsters

Big Brothers Big Sisters gala strikes a chord with adults, youngsters

Big Brothers Big Sisters Gala, 9/16 Alyse Baker, Terriell
Big Sister Alyse Baker, Little Sister Terriell. Photo by Quy Tran
Big Brothers Big Sisters Gala, 9/16 Pierce Bush, Mike Feinberg
Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO Pierce Bush, honoree Michael Feinberg. Photo by Quy Tran
Big Brothers Big Sisters Gala, 9/16 Sarah Bolka, Jesse Bolka
Gala chair Sarah Bolka, Jesse Bolke. Photo by Quy Tran
Big Brothers Big Sisters Gala, 9/16 Jake Donaldson
Jake Donaldson. Photo by Quy Tran
Big Brothers Big Sisters Gala, 9/16 Kristen McDaniel, Steve McDaniel, Chau Nguyen
Kristen McDaniel, Steve McDaniel, Chu Nguyen. Photo by Quy Tran
Big Brothers Big Sisters Gala, 9/16 Brittany Meisner, Mark Sullivan
Brittany Meisner, Mark Sullivan. Photo by Quy Tran
Big Brothers Big Sisters Gala, 9/16 Alyse Baker, Terriell
Big Brothers Big Sisters Gala, 9/16 Pierce Bush, Mike Feinberg
Big Brothers Big Sisters Gala, 9/16 Sarah Bolka, Jesse Bolka
Big Brothers Big Sisters Gala, 9/16 Jake Donaldson
Big Brothers Big Sisters Gala, 9/16 Kristen McDaniel, Steve McDaniel, Chau Nguyen
Big Brothers Big Sisters Gala, 9/16 Brittany Meisner, Mark Sullivan

What: Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) annual black tie gala, "Gen Z: Vision for the Future."

Where: The Omni Houston Hotel.

The scoop: A number of the "Bigs" brought along their "Littles" to enjoy the evening that raised $300,000 for the program that matches children facing adversity with a positive mentor. The goal is to enrich the youngsters' lives and encourging them to reach their highest potential through educational motivation, fun adventures, and a safe and stable relationship.

Sarah Bolka chaired the evening that honored Mike Feinberg, co-founder of the KIPP Foundation. KPRC Channel 2 news anchor Rachel McNeill served as emcee of the program that included remarks by BBBS Lone Star CEO Pierce Bush.

Who: Kristen and Steve McDaniel, Krystal and Lance McIntyre, Nadhisha and Dilanka Seimon, Valerie and Tracy Dieterich, Kimberly and Bradley Dennison, Manon and Matt Kebodeaux, Alyse Baker, Nicole Hills, Brittany Meisner, and Mark Sullivan.

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