Shelby's Social Diary

Major rock star welcomes a throng of crazed Houston women on stage, eschews sleep in a $1.6 million night

Major rock star welcomes throng of dance crazed Houston women on stage

News, Shelby, Houston Children's Charity, Lionel Ritchie, Nov. 2014
Party girls swarm the stage as Lionel Ritchie rocks the night at the Houston Children's Charity gala. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
40 Laura Ward, from left, with John and Terri Havens at the Houston Children's Charity Gala November 2014
Laura Ward, from left, with honorees John and Terri Havens. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Houston Children's Charity, Amy Shaper, Lionel Ritchie, Peter Shaper, Nov. 2014
Gala chairs Amy and Peter Shaper flank Lionel Ritchie backstage at the Hyatt Regency. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
224 J.B. Bartholomai and Edna Meyer-Nelson at the Houston Children's Charity Gala November 2014
J.B. Bartholomai and Edna Meyer-Nelson. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
502 Kellie Letsos and Gary Becker at the Houston Children's Charity Gala November 2014
Kellie Letsos and Gary Becker. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
255 John Havens, from left, with Brad and Melissa Juneau at the Houston Children's Charity Gala November 2014
John Havens, from left, with Brad and Melissa Juneau. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
248 Sheridan and John Eddie Williams at the Houston Children's Charity Gala November 2014
Sheridan and John Eddie Williams. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
187 Dancie and Jim Ware at the Houston Children's Charity Gala November 2014
Dancie and Jim Ware. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
28 Debbie and John Daugherty at the Houston Children's Charity Gala November 2014
Debbie and John Daugherty. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
250 Christie Loyd, from left, Penny Loyd and Carol Donnally at the Houston Children's Charity Gala November 2014
Christie Loyd, from left, Penny Loyd and Carol Donnally. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
227 Alan and Julie Kent at the Houston Children's Charity Gala November 2014
Alan and Julie Kent. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
91 Tracy and Harry Faulkner at the Houston Children's Charity Gala November 2014
Tracy and Harry Faulkner. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
70 Cappy and Darlene Bisso, from left, with Franco Valobra at the Houston Children's Charity Gala November 2014
Cappy and Darlene Bisso, from left, with Franco Valobra. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
181 Monty Meave and Maria Moncada Alaoui at the Houston Children's Charity Gala November 2014
BMW respresentatives Monty Meave and Maria Moncada Alaoui. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
38 Janice and Tad Brown at the Houston Children's Charity Gala November 2014
Janice and Tad Brown. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Houston Children's Charity, Lionel Ritchie, Nov. 2014
40 Laura Ward, from left, with John and Terri Havens at the Houston Children's Charity Gala November 2014
News, Shelby, Houston Children's Charity, Amy Shaper, Lionel Ritchie, Peter Shaper, Nov. 2014
224 J.B. Bartholomai and Edna Meyer-Nelson at the Houston Children's Charity Gala November 2014
502 Kellie Letsos and Gary Becker at the Houston Children's Charity Gala November 2014
255 John Havens, from left, with Brad and Melissa Juneau at the Houston Children's Charity Gala November 2014
248 Sheridan and John Eddie Williams at the Houston Children's Charity Gala November 2014
187 Dancie and Jim Ware at the Houston Children's Charity Gala November 2014
28 Debbie and John Daugherty at the Houston Children's Charity Gala November 2014
250 Christie Loyd, from left, Penny Loyd and Carol Donnally at the Houston Children's Charity Gala November 2014
227 Alan and Julie Kent at the Houston Children's Charity Gala November 2014
91 Tracy and Harry Faulkner at the Houston Children's Charity Gala November 2014
70 Cappy and Darlene Bisso, from left, with Franco Valobra at the Houston Children's Charity Gala November 2014
181 Monty Meave and Maria Moncada Alaoui at the Houston Children's Charity Gala November 2014
38 Janice and Tad Brown at the Houston Children's Charity Gala November 2014

A whole lot of kids are going to sleep a whole lot better thanks to the huge sum raised by Houston Children's Charity at its annual gala starring Lionel Richie. A portion of the $1.6 million garnered at the Hyatt Regency soirée will support HCC's A Better Night's Sleep program.

Sleep, however, was the farthest thing from anyone's mind at this always-energized gala. "All Night Long" Richie rocked the ballroom and, unlike some more persnickety stars of previous years, welcomed the throng of dance-crazed females who jumped on stage to party, party.

Beyond the dance-a-thon that typically closes the evening, the glittering crowd shook loose of their change to bid at the big board in the live auction. The 2015 428i BMW convertible and trip to Germany for pick up sold for $85,000. HCC executive director Laura Ward was once again thanking Momentum BMW Southwest  and West, represented by Monty Meave and Maria Moncada Alaoui, for the outright donation. United Airlines provided the first-class tickets to Munich.

Contributing generously to the evening's success were chairs Amy and Peter Shaper and honorees Terri and John Havens, who as diehard LSU fans, gave up their seats at the LSU vs. Alabama game to attend the gala.

Movers and shakers in the mix included Penny and Paul Loyd, Debbie and John Daugherty, Paige Fertitta, Edna Meyer-Nelson, Sheridan and John Eddie Williams, Janice and Tad Brown, Darlene and Cappy Bisso, Jeanette and Jim Woods, Leticia and Steve Trauber, Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland and Maurine Ford and Melissa and Brad Juneau.

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