Shelby's Social Diary

Mike Huckabee and Dan Patrick jam to Vampire Weekend at LifeHouse gala

Mike Huckabee & Dan Patrick jam to Vampire Weekend at LifeHouse gala

Mike Huckabee, from left, Dan Patrick, and John Henry Thompson at the LifeHouse fundraiser October 2013
Mike Huckabee, from left, Dan Patrick and John Henry Thompson at the LifeHouse fundraiser. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Sue Baumgarten, from left, Meredith Phillips and Laura Wheless at the LifeHouse fundraiser October 2013
Sue Baumgarten, from left, Meredith Phillips and Laura Wheless at the LifeHouse fundraiser. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Estela and David Cockrell at the LifeHouse fundraiser October 2013
Honorary chairs Estela and David Cockrell at the LifeHouse fundraiser. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Mike Huckabee at the LifeHouse fundraiser October 2013
Mike Huckabee displays his talents at the LifeHouse fundraiser. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Seth and Julie Barrett at the LifeHouse fundraiser October 2013
Seth and Julie Barrett at the LifeHouse fundraiser. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Robyn Canterbury, from left, Mary Ellen Bos, Annsley Popov and Courtney Archer at the LifeHouse fundraiser October 2013
Robyn Canterbury, from left, Mary Ellen Bos, Annsley Popov and Courtney Archer at the LifeHouse fundraiser. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Piper and Adam Faust at the LifeHouse fundraiser October 2013
Piper and Adam Faust at the LifeHouse fundraiser. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Kathleen and James Jennings at the LifeHouse fundraiser October 2013
Kathleen and James Jennings at the LifeHouse fundraiser. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Ashley Stevens, from left, Kathryn Roark, Paige Lane, Mike Huckabee, Allison Stasney, Mary Clark Granberry, Cecie Turlington and Laurence Bragg at the LifeHouse fundraiser October 2013
Ashley Stevens, from left, Kathryn Roark, Paige Lane, Mike Huckabee, Allison Stasney, Mary Clark Granberry, Cecie Turlington and Laurence Bragg at the LifeHouse fundraiser. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Mike Huckabee, from left, Dan Patrick, and John Henry Thompson at the LifeHouse fundraiser October 2013
Sue Baumgarten, from left, Meredith Phillips and Laura Wheless at the LifeHouse fundraiser October 2013
Estela and David Cockrell at the LifeHouse fundraiser October 2013
Mike Huckabee at the LifeHouse fundraiser October 2013
Seth and Julie Barrett at the LifeHouse fundraiser October 2013
Robyn Canterbury, from left, Mary Ellen Bos, Annsley Popov and Courtney Archer at the LifeHouse fundraiser October 2013
Piper and Adam Faust at the LifeHouse fundraiser October 2013
Kathleen and James Jennings at the LifeHouse fundraiser October 2013
Ashley Stevens, from left, Kathryn Roark, Paige Lane, Mike Huckabee, Allison Stasney, Mary Clark Granberry, Cecie Turlington and Laurence Bragg at the LifeHouse fundraiser October 2013

The conservative faithful packed the ballroom of the Omni Houston Hotel to hear Fox News host and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee as keynote speaker at the LifeHouse 25th anniversary dinner celebration, "A Toast to Life." As a bonus, Huckabee, playing bass guitar, was joined on stage by State. Sen. Dan Patrick in a jam session with the high school band The Watchtowers.

Close to 650 guests helped raise more than $450,000 for the non-profit, a Christian ministry that provides safe housing, prenatal care, counseling and support for young women with a crisis pregnancy. Huckabee charged the crowd "to save a life right here where you are."

The passel of dinner chairs was comprised of Laurence and Henry Bragg, Mary Clark and Chris Granberry, Paige and Houston Lane, Kathryn and Adam Roark, Allison and Spencer Stasney, Ashley and John Stevens and Cecie and Kyle Turlington. Serving as honorary chairs were Estela and David Cockrell.

The non-profit received a boost when after performing "A-punk" by Vampire Weekend, Huckabee initiated an impromptu live auction of a guitar that raffle winner Greg Elliott had turned back over to the LifeHouse team. In the end, the guitar sold for $5,000. LifeHouse director of advancement Courtney Abernethy noted, "So the additional $5,000 and Huckabee's live auction skills were a complete surprise."

The enthusiastic supporters included Ellen and Leo Linbeck III, Laura and William Wheless, Jessica and Fred Brazelton, Carol and Gregg Thompson, Elizabeth Wareing, James Reckling, Tiffany and Charles Masterson, Martha Turner and Glenn Bauguss, Susan and Charlie Neuhaus, Andrea and Trent Tellepsen, Deana and Larry Blackburn and Mary Jo and Denman Moody.