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Public education gets a boost from Houston A+ Challenge "Power of the Network" dinner fundraiser

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Houston A+, October 2012, Scott Van Beck, Phoebe Tudor, Bobby Tudor
Scott Van Beck, Phoebe Tudor, Bobby Tudor Photo by Monica Kressman
Houston A+, October 2012, Franelle Rogers, Roberto Gonzalez, Irma Gonzalez
Franelle Rogers, Roberto Gonzalez, Irma Gonzalez Photo by Monica Kressman
Houston A+, October 2012, Soraya McClelland, Scott McClelland
Soraya McClelland, Scott McClelland Photo by Monica Kressman
Houston A+, October 2012, Susie Criner, Mack Fowler
Susie Criner, Mack Fowler Photo by Monica Kressman
Houston A+, October 2012, Linda May, Ed Emmett, Gwen Emmett
Linda May, Ed Emmett, Gwen Emmett Photo by Monica Kressman
Houston A+, October 2012, Winell Herron
Winell Herron Photo by Monica Kressman
Houston A+, October 2012, Lisa Roy, Nancy Ruez
Lisa Roy, Nancy Ruez Photo by Monica Kressman
Houston A+, October 2012, Karen Crouch, Joe Foster, Bill Crouch
Karen Crouch, Joe Foster, Bill Crouch Photo by Monica Kressman
Houston A+, October 2012, Kara Schaefer, Curt Schaefer
Kara Schaefer, Curt Schaefer Photo by Monica Kressman
Houston A+, October 2012, Joni Baird, Ed Emmett, Gwen Emmett
Joni Baird, Ed Emmett, Gwen Emmett Photo by Monica Kressman
Houston A+, October 2012, Andrea White, Winell Herron
Andrea White, Winell Herron Photo by Monica Kressman
Houston A+, October 2012, Scott Van Beck, Phoebe Tudor, Bobby Tudor
Houston A+, October 2012, Franelle Rogers, Roberto Gonzalez, Irma Gonzalez
Houston A+, October 2012, Soraya McClelland, Scott McClelland
Houston A+, October 2012, Susie Criner, Mack Fowler
Houston A+, October 2012, Linda May, Ed Emmett, Gwen Emmett
Houston A+, October 2012, Winell Herron
Houston A+, October 2012, Lisa Roy, Nancy Ruez
Houston A+, October 2012, Karen Crouch, Joe Foster, Bill Crouch
Houston A+, October 2012, Kara Schaefer, Curt Schaefer
Houston A+, October 2012, Joni Baird, Ed Emmett, Gwen Emmett
Houston A+, October 2012, Andrea White, Winell Herron

Improving public education —that was the motivation that found more than 330 men and women filling the River Oaks Country Club ballroom for the Houston A+ Challenge "Power of the Network" fundraiser. 

With Franelle Rogers and Irma and Roberto Gonzalez as chairs, the dinner brought in more than $200,000 for the program that works to improve classroom teaching, school leadership and student achievement. A+ executive director Scott Van Beck discussed the various educational programs.

H-E-B was recognized with the Maconda Brown O'Connor Award for Leadership in Public Education, honored for its support of literacy programs and support of teachers and school leaders. Winell Herron accepted on behalf of the grocery chain. H-E-B served as presenting sponsor of the event.

Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, strong advocates of support for public education, received a standing ovation when they were presented the Andrea White Award for Service to Public Education.

Advocates of strong public education included Soraya and Scott McClelland, A+ board chair Bill Crouch and wife Karen, Ann and Kenny Friedman, Andrea White, Cyndy Garza Roberts, U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, former U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and wife Gwen, Joni Baird and State Reps. Scott Hochberg and Dan Huberty.

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