This Night Brought in $6.5 Million

Points of Light 25th anniversary gala brings in amazing $6.5 million and President Bush, 41, loves it

Points of Light 25th anniversary gala brings in amazing $6.5 million

News, Shelby, Points of Light Tribute, Oct. 2015, Barbara Bush, Dan Quayle, Debi Rosling, George H. W. Bush
Barbara Bush, George H.W. Bush (seated), Dan Quayle, Debi Rosling. Courtesy of universalimage.net
News, Shelby, Points of Light Tribute, Oct. 2015, Former U.S. Sen. Harris Wofford, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi
Former Sen. Harris Wofford (D-Pennsylvania), Houston Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Courtesy of universalimage.net
News, Shelby, Points of Light Tribute, Oct. 2015, Michelle Nunn, Neil Bush
Michelle Nunn, Neil Bush.  Courtesy of universalimage.net
News, Shelby, Points of Light Tribute, Oct. 2015, Yolanda Adamas
Yolanda Adams. Courtesy of universalimage.net
News, Shelby, Points of Light Tribute, Oct. 2015, Dionne Warwick
Dionne Warwick.  Courtesy of universalimage.net
News, Shelby, Points of Light Tribute, Oct. 2015, Cathy Cleary, Joe Cleary
Cathy Cleary, Joe Cleary. Courtesy of universalimage.net
News, Shelby, Points of Light Tribute, Oct. 2015, Fred Zeidman, Kay Zeidman
Fred Zeidman, Kay Zeidman. Courtesy of universalimage.net
News, Shelby, Points of Light Tribute, Oct. 2015, Julie Baker Finck, Ron Finck
Julie Baker Finck, Ron Finck. Courtesy of universalimage.net
News, Shelby, Points of Light Tribute, Oct. 2015, Michael Trevino, Ileana Trevino
Michael Trevino, Ileana Trevino. Courtesy of universalimage.net
News, Shelby, Points of Light Tribute, Oct. 2015, Cathy Cleary, Joe Cleary
The grand finale with all hands on stage for the $6.5 milliion fundraiser. Courtesy of universalimage.net
News, Shelby, Points of Light Tribute, Oct. 2015, Barbara Bush, Dan Quayle, Debi Rosling, George H. W. Bush
News, Shelby, Points of Light Tribute, Oct. 2015, Former U.S. Sen. Harris Wofford, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi
News, Shelby, Points of Light Tribute, Oct. 2015, Michelle Nunn, Neil Bush
News, Shelby, Points of Light Tribute, Oct. 2015, Yolanda Adamas
News, Shelby, Points of Light Tribute, Oct. 2015, Dionne Warwick
News, Shelby, Points of Light Tribute, Oct. 2015, Cathy Cleary, Joe Cleary
News, Shelby, Points of Light Tribute, Oct. 2015, Fred Zeidman, Kay Zeidman
News, Shelby, Points of Light Tribute, Oct. 2015, Julie Baker Finck, Ron Finck
News, Shelby, Points of Light Tribute, Oct. 2015, Michael Trevino, Ileana Trevino
News, Shelby, Points of Light Tribute, Oct. 2015, Cathy Cleary, Joe Cleary

You just gotta love the Midas touch that former President George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush bring to every fundraising event on their dance card. Tuesday night's Points of Light 25th Anniversary Tribute was no exception. The night of commendations and song raised $6.5 million for the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service.

It was a rare coming together of both sides of the aisle as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and former Sen. Harris Wofford (D-Pennsylvania) joined the festive evening in the Cullen Theater of Wortham Center. Wofford was presented with the George W. Romney Award for Public Service. He was instrumental in founding the Peace Corps after which he served as special assistant to President John Kennedy.

(Pelosi and Wofford also wedged in a little time for politics, with a Houston fundraiser for Democrats on Sunday.)

While serving in the White House, George H. W. Bush founded the Points of Light volunteer initiative in 1990. Today, the organization is chaired by Neil Bush. Tuesday night's tribute came in the middle of the annual Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service, held in a different city each year and in Houston for the first time.

Neil Bush was among the notables attending, including former Vice President Dan Quayle, United Nations special envoy Ray Chambers, CARE USA president and CEO Michelle Nunn and Debi Rolfing,  executive director of the Mark and Debi Rolfing Charitable Foundation

Performing for the gathering of 1,000 were Dionne Warwick, Yolando Adams, Kristian Bush, the Midtown Men and Kenna.

Applause, applause for chairs of the successful benefit — Susan and James A. Baker III, former Secretary of State, and Shahla and Hushang Ansary.

The tony crowd included Cathy and Joe Cleary, Gina and Carl Luna, Julie Baker Finck and Ron Finck, Ileana and Ron Trevino, Kay and Fred Zeidman, Dominique Sachse and Nick Florescu.

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