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Stylish UNCF 25th anniversary black-tie gala raises $500,000 for scholarship fund

Stylish UNCF 25th anniversary gala raises $500,000 for scholarships

85 Phyllis Williams, from left, Reginald Van Lee and Lauren Randle at the UNCF Gala November 2013
Phyllis Williams, from left, Reginald Van Lee and Lauren Randle at the UNCF Gala. Photo by © Gary Fountain
144 Mario Elie and Gina Gaston at the UNCF Gala November 2013
Mario Elie and Gina Gaston Elie at the UNCF Gala. Photo by © Gary Fountain
21 Anthony W. Hall Jr. and Delesa O'Dell-Thomas at the UNCF Gala November 2013
Anthony W. Hall Jr. and Delesa O'Dell-Thomas at the UNCF Gala. Photo by © Gary Fountain
158 Doug and Winell Herron at the UNCF Gala November 2013
Doug and Winell Herron at the UNCF Gala. Photo by © Gary Fountain
114 Annsley and Chris Popov at the UNCF Gala November 2013
Annsley and Chris Popov at the UNCF Gala. Photo by © Gary Fountain
168 Iris Jackson, from left, Carolyn Scantlebury and PJ Douglas Sands at the UNCF Gala November 2013
Iris Jackson, from left, Carolyn Scantlebury and PJ Douglas Sands at the UNCF Gala Photo by © Gary Fountain
154 LaJuana Chenier, left, and Lindsay Lanagan at the UNCF Gala November 2013
LaJuana Chenier, left, and Lindsay Lanagan at the UNCF Gala. Photo by © Gary Fountain
131 Reginald Van Lee, from left, Mayor Annise Parker and Dr. Michael Lomax at the UNCF Gala November 2013
Reginald Van Lee, from left, Mayor Annise Parker and Dr. Michael Lomax at the UNCF Gala. Photo by © Gary Fountain
95 Clarease and Cary Yates at the UNCF Gala November 2013
Clarease and Cary Yates at the UNCF Gala. Photo by © Gary Fountain
149 Dr. Bruce Matson and Jocelyn Matson at the UNCF Gala November 2013
Dr. Bruce Matson and Jocelyn Matson at the UNCF Gala. Photo by © Gary Fountain
112 Diedre and Terrence Fontaine at the UNCF Gala November 2013
Diedre and Terrence Fontaine at the UNCF Gala. Photo by © Gary Fountain
94 Hannah Thibodeaux, from left, Kathy Wells and Allison Wells at the UNCF Gala November 2013
Hannah Thibodeaux, from left, Kathy Wells and Allison Wells at the UNCF Gala. Photo by © Gary Fountain
62 Michael and Belva O'Mara, from left, with Danielle White at the UNCF Gala November 2013
Michael and Belva O'Mara, from left, with Danielle White at the UNCF Gala. Photo by © Gary Fountain
55 Chris Woodard and Chelsea Marie Piper at the UNCF Gala November 2013
Chris Woodard and Chelsea Marie Piper at the UNCF Gala. Photo by © Gary Fountain
36 Nicole Hill, left, and Cydonii Miles at the UNCF Gala November 2013
Nicole Hill, left, and Cydonii Miles at the UNCF Gala. Photo by © Gary Fountain
85 Phyllis Williams, from left, Reginald Van Lee and Lauren Randle at the UNCF Gala November 2013
144 Mario Elie and Gina Gaston at the UNCF Gala November 2013
21 Anthony W. Hall Jr. and Delesa O'Dell-Thomas at the UNCF Gala November 2013
158 Doug and Winell Herron at the UNCF Gala November 2013
114 Annsley and Chris Popov at the UNCF Gala November 2013
168 Iris Jackson, from left, Carolyn Scantlebury and PJ Douglas Sands at the UNCF Gala November 2013
154 LaJuana Chenier, left, and Lindsay Lanagan at the UNCF Gala November 2013
131 Reginald Van Lee, from left, Mayor Annise Parker and Dr. Michael Lomax at the UNCF Gala November 2013
95 Clarease and Cary Yates at the UNCF Gala November 2013
149 Dr. Bruce Matson and Jocelyn Matson at the UNCF Gala November 2013
112 Diedre and Terrence Fontaine at the UNCF Gala November 2013
94 Hannah Thibodeaux, from left, Kathy Wells and Allison Wells at the UNCF Gala November 2013
62 Michael and Belva O'Mara, from left, with Danielle White at the UNCF Gala November 2013
55 Chris Woodard and Chelsea Marie Piper at the UNCF Gala November 2013
36 Nicole Hill, left, and Cydonii Miles at the UNCF Gala November 2013

Putting a spin on the traditional United Negro College Fund message, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste," UNCF gala chair Phyllis Williams titled the 25th anniversary gala "A Mind Is . . .a Sterling Asset."

With that the black-tie evening at the Hilton Americas-Houston was off and running with a sophisticated gathering of 540 guests who helped raise $500,000 for scholarship funds.

Joining Williams in the spotlight were gala co-chair attorney Lauren Randle and honorary chair and underwriter Reginald Van Lee, executive vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington D.C. A native Houstonian, Lee has until recently maintained a showplace home in River Oaks. 

The evening honored attorney Anthony Hall Jr. with the Excellence in Education Award and Delesa O'Dell-Thomas with the John and Drucie Chase Builders Award.

Morris Day & The Time kept the crowd dancing until midnight. Among the scholarship supporters were Anita and Gerald Smith, Lora and Dr. John Clemmons, Cheryl and Percy Creuzot, Mayor Annise Parker, Merele Yarborough, Allison and Dr. Kevin Smith, Arvia and Jason Few, Gina Gaston Elie and Mario Elie, Judge Clarease and Cary Yates, Cydonni Miles and Nicole Hill.

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