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Jeans & Jewels: Blockbuster gala pulls in nearly $1 million in a starry Woodlands night

Jeans & Jewels: Blockbuster gala pulls in $1 million in a starry night

Rick and Margie Crump, from left, and Jackie and Pat Riley at the Northwest Ministries Gala October 2013
Rick and Margie Crump, from left, and Jackie and Pat Riley at the Northwest Ministries Gala. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Glenn and Judy Smith at the Northwest Ministries Gala October 2013
Glenn and Judy Smith at the Northwest Ministries Gala. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Margie Crump, from left, Marilyn Batter and Linda Fowler at the Northwest Ministries Gala October 2013
Margie Crump, from left, Marilyn Batter and Linda Fowler at the Northwest Ministries Gala. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Tom and Darlis Fuller at the Northwest Ministries Gala October 2013
Tom and Darlis Fuller at the Northwest Ministries Gala. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Melissa Wilson at the Northwest Ministries Gala October 2013
Melissa Wilson at the Northwest Ministries Gala. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Susan Palmer, left, and Donna Asbill at the Northwest Ministries Gala October 2013
Susan Palmer, left, and Donna Asbill at the Northwest Ministries Gala. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Margaret LaRoe at the Northwest Ministries Gala October 2013
Margaret LaRoe at the Northwest Ministries Gala. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
The Smith family Judy and Glenn Smith (center) with daughters CoCo Mahoney (left) and Noelle Jahncke (right), and their husbands, Kelly Mahoney and Davis Jahncke at the Northwest Ministries Gala October 2013
Kelly and CoCo Mahoney, from left, Judy and Glenn Smith and Noelle and Davis Jahncke at the Northwest Ministries Gala. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Courtney and David Cook, from left, and Barbara and Bob Watson at the Northwest Ministries Gala October 2013
Courtney and David Cook, from left, and Barbara and Bob Watson at the Northwest Ministries Gala. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Connie and Larry Stick, from left, with Carole Little at the Northwest Ministries Gala October 2013
Connie and Larry Stick, from left, with Carole Little at the Northwest Ministries Gala. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Bill Sessions, from left, Mike Watford and John Carson at the Northwest Ministries Gala October 2013
Bill Sessions, from left, Mike Watford and John Carson at the Northwest Ministries Gala. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Rick and Margie Crump, from left, and Jackie and Pat Riley at the Northwest Ministries Gala October 2013
Glenn and Judy Smith at the Northwest Ministries Gala October 2013
Margie Crump, from left, Marilyn Batter and Linda Fowler at the Northwest Ministries Gala October 2013
Tom and Darlis Fuller at the Northwest Ministries Gala October 2013
Melissa Wilson at the Northwest Ministries Gala October 2013
Susan Palmer, left, and Donna Asbill at the Northwest Ministries Gala October 2013
Margaret LaRoe at the Northwest Ministries Gala October 2013
The Smith family Judy and Glenn Smith (center) with daughters CoCo Mahoney (left) and Noelle Jahncke (right), and their husbands, Kelly Mahoney and Davis Jahncke at the Northwest Ministries Gala October 2013
Courtney and David Cook, from left, and Barbara and Bob Watson at the Northwest Ministries Gala October 2013
Connie and Larry Stick, from left, with Carole Little at the Northwest Ministries Gala October 2013
Bill Sessions, from left, Mike Watford and John Carson at the Northwest Ministries Gala October 2013

It was a record night for the 15th annual Jeans & Jewels Gala benefiting Northwest Assistance Ministries with proceeds surpassing $830,000, a windfall prompting NAM president and CEO Carole Little to comment, "I think we're all still floating on air a bit."

For this blockbuster gala, the ballroom of the The Woodlands Waterway Marriott was dressed to the hilt in bejeweled, western-themed finery. The Texas-meets-Gatsby decor shimmered in red, black and silver with soaring glass bead centerpieces on an evening that had been a year in the planning by chairs Margie Crump and Jackie Riley and their volunteer committee.

The evening honored one of The Woodlands' most philanthropic-minded couples, Judy and Glenn Smith, who have supported NAM since its early days.

Fox 26 News anchor Melissa Wilson served as emcee for the event that attracted a crow of 600, many of whom dressed in western glitz in a nod to the Jeans & Jewels theme.

Among guests keeping time to the tunes of the Spiffingtons were Connie and Larry Stick, Courtney and David Cook, Barbara and Bob Watson, Pat Riley, Rick Crump, Tom and Darliss Fuller, Noelle and Davis Jahncke and Coco and Kelly Mahoney.