As proceeds mounted at the Touchdown for TEACH (To Educate All Children) dinner at Hotel ZaZa, founders of the non-profit Susan Krohn and Mary Yenik waved their Terrible Towels, the iconic symbol for Pittsburg Steelers fans, in the air.
Add dinner chairs DeeDee and Wallis Marsh and Carol and Mike Linn, a native of Pittsburg and Steelers devotee, to the celebration. The wacky frolic was a nod to and surprise for the night's guest speaker Terry Bradshaw.
The incorrigible Bradshaw was on a comic roll that had all 470 guests holding their sides with laughter. CBS Sports analyst Spencer Tillman could hardly keep his composure during the rollicking interview that the four-time Super Bowl champ controlled as deftly as he did the pigskin when he played quarterback for the Steelers.
The evening raised $450,000, which becomes an automatic net gain as Fayez Sarofim, Susan Krohn's fiance, underwrote all expenses of the event. Keeping it all in the family, Susan's daughter, Kelly Krohn is TEACH executive director. Supporting the event was Susan Krohn's ex, Tracy Krohn and his wife Laurie.
Remarking on the non-profit's mission, Kelly Krohn said, "Houstonians, the most generous givers of all, continue to be fervent supporters of teachers and making schools safe places for all students."
Joining the fun were Lori and Phillip Sarofim, Andrew Sarofim, Lora Clemmons, Soraya and Scott McClelland, Elizabeth and Alan Stein, Phyllis Williams, Ileana and Michael Trevino, Karen and Chuck Stall, Joanne King Herring and Sandy and Dr. Barney Barrett.