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"Alice in Wonderland" gala honors advocates of early childhood education

Alice in Wonderland gala honors advocates of early childhood education

7427 Marcus and Heidi Smith, from left, and Kristy and Chris Bradshaw at the Collaborative for Children dinner October 2014
Benefit chairs Marcus and Heidi Smith, left, with Kristy and Chris Bradshaw. Photo by © Kennon Evett
7602 Dorothy Ables and Stephen Kaufman at the Collaborative for Children dinner October 2014
Dorothy Ables and Stephen Kaufman. Photo by © Kennon Evett
7493 Khambrel Marshall, from left, with Soraya and Scott McClelland at the Collaborative for Children dinner October 2014
Khambrel Marshall, from left, with Soraya and Scott McClelland. Photo by © Kennon Evett
7605 Kaye Anderson, from left, Heidi Smith and Sharon Spillman at the Collaborative for Children dinner October 2014
Kaye Anderson, from left, Heidi Smith and Sharon Spillman. Photo by © Kennon Evett
7585 Pledges made during Paddles Up at the Collaborative for Children dinner October 2014
Guests making pledges during Paddles Up. Photo by © Kennon Evett
7553 Kaye Anderson at the Collaborative for Children dinner October 2014
Kaye Anderson. Photo by © Kennon Evett
7478 Susan and Chip Carlisle at the Collaborative for Children dinner October 2014
Susan and Chip Carlisle. Photo by © Kennon Evett
7519 Carol Shattuck at the Collaborative for Children dinner October 2014
Carol Shattuck. Photo by © Kennon Evett
7547 Stephen Kaufman, from left, Anna Babin and Truman Bell at the Collaborative for Children dinner October 2014
Stephen Kaufman, from left, Anna Babin and Truman Bell. Photo by © Kennon Evett
7434 Kandy Stripe Academy students at the Collaborative for Children dinner October 2014
Kandy Stripe Academy students. Photo by © Kennon Evett
7427 Marcus and Heidi Smith, from left, and Kristy and Chris Bradshaw at the Collaborative for Children dinner October 2014
7602 Dorothy Ables and Stephen Kaufman at the Collaborative for Children dinner October 2014
7493 Khambrel Marshall, from left, with Soraya and Scott McClelland at the Collaborative for Children dinner October 2014
7605 Kaye Anderson, from left, Heidi Smith and Sharon Spillman at the Collaborative for Children dinner October 2014
7585 Pledges made during Paddles Up at the Collaborative for Children dinner October 2014
7553 Kaye Anderson at the Collaborative for Children dinner October 2014
7478 Susan and Chip Carlisle at the Collaborative for Children dinner October 2014
7519 Carol Shattuck at the Collaborative for Children dinner October 2014
7547 Stephen Kaufman, from left, Anna Babin and Truman Bell at the Collaborative for Children dinner October 2014
7434 Kandy Stripe Academy students at the Collaborative for Children dinner October 2014

What: Collaborative for Children "Alice in Wonderland" gala.

Where: Hotel ZaZa.

The 411: Kristy and Chris Bradshaw and Heidi and Marcus Smith, both couples with young children, chaired the evening that raised almost $350,000 for the organization that works to improve the quality of early childhood education in the Houston area.

The evening honored Dorothy Ables with the Charles M. Bonjean Spirit of Collaboration Award. As chief administrative officer for Spectra Energy, Ables is widely recognized for her efforts at improving all aspects of Houston. ExxonMobil and United Way of Greater Houston received the Maconda Brown O'Connor Spirit of Collaboration Award for their community partnerships that provide services to young children.

Who: Collaborative for Children CEO Carol Shattuck, Soraya and Scott McClelland, Stephen Kaufman, Anna Babin, Kaye Anderson, Susan and Chip Carlisle and Khambrel Marshall, who served as emcee.

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