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.