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Houston Texans coach puts aside his playbook for night of revelry to support children's charity

Houston Texans coach puts aside playbook for a night of revelry

Brandon and Audrey Cochran and Kathleen and James Jennings with Texans cheerleaders at the Friday Night Lights DePelchin benefit November 2014
Brandon and Audrey Cochran and Kathleen and James Jennings with Texans cheerleaders. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Bill and Colleen O'Brien at the Friday Night Lights DePelchin benefit November 2014
Honorees Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien and wife Colleen. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Ting and John Bresnahan at the Friday Night Lights Depelchin benefit November 2014
Ting and John Bresnahan. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Selina Stanford, from left, Lyndsey Zorich and Stephanie Mays at the Friday Night Lights Depelchin benefit November 2014
Selina Stanford, from left, Lyndsey Zorich and Stephanie Mays. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Scott Thelander, from left, Jon Weeks and Amber Hartland at the Friday Night Lights Depelchin benefit November 2014
Scott Thelander, from left, Jon Weeks and Amber Hartland. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Martin Wild and Tiffany Martin at the Friday Night Lights Depelchin benefit November 2014
Martin Wild and Tiffany Martin. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Monica Blaisdell, left, and Hannah McNair at the Friday Night Lights Depelchin benefit November 2014
Monica Blaisdell, left, and Hannah McNair. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Kareem Jackson, from left, Amber Deville, Karen Deville and Royce Simpson at the Friday Night Lights Depelchin benefit November 2014
Kareem Jackson, from left, Amber Deville, Karen Deville and Royce Simpson. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Holly Smith and Austin Alvis at the Friday Night Lights Depelchin benefit November 2014
Holly A.N. Smith and Austin Alvis. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Cal and Hannah McNair at the Friday Night Lights Depelchin benefit November 2014
Cal and Hannah McNair. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Geraldina Wise, left, and Gabriella Wise at the Friday Night Lights Depelchin benefit November 2014
Geraldina Wise, left, and Gabriella Wise. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Brad and Joanna Marks at the Friday Night Lights Depelchin benefit November 2014
Brad and Joanna Marks. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Abbi and Rob Antablin at the Friday Night Lights Depelchin benefit November 2014
Abbi and Rob Antablin. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Jenifer and Scott Jarriel at the Friday Night Lights Depelchin benefit November 2014
Jenifer and Scott Jarriel. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Carlos and Jayne Rivera at the Friday Night Lights Depelchin benefit November 2014
Carlos and Jayne Rivera. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Brandon and Audrey Cochran and Kathleen and James Jennings with Texans cheerleaders at the Friday Night Lights DePelchin benefit November 2014
Bill and Colleen O'Brien at the Friday Night Lights DePelchin benefit November 2014
Ting and John Bresnahan at the Friday Night Lights Depelchin benefit November 2014
Selina Stanford, from left, Lyndsey Zorich and Stephanie Mays at the Friday Night Lights Depelchin benefit November 2014
Scott Thelander, from left, Jon Weeks and Amber Hartland at the Friday Night Lights Depelchin benefit November 2014
Martin Wild and Tiffany Martin at the Friday Night Lights Depelchin benefit November 2014
Monica Blaisdell, left, and Hannah McNair at the Friday Night Lights Depelchin benefit November 2014
Kareem Jackson, from left, Amber Deville, Karen Deville and Royce Simpson at the Friday Night Lights Depelchin benefit November 2014
Holly Smith and Austin Alvis at the Friday Night Lights Depelchin benefit November 2014
Cal and Hannah McNair at the Friday Night Lights Depelchin benefit November 2014
Geraldina Wise, left, and Gabriella Wise at the Friday Night Lights Depelchin benefit November 2014
Brad and Joanna Marks at the Friday Night Lights Depelchin benefit November 2014
Abbi and Rob Antablin at the Friday Night Lights Depelchin benefit November 2014
Jenifer and Scott Jarriel at the Friday Night Lights Depelchin benefit November 2014
Carlos and Jayne Rivera at the Friday Night Lights Depelchin benefit November 2014

Although you couldn't call Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien a party animal, he and his wife, Colleen, were game enough to step into the bright party lights on Friday for DePelchin Children's Center. They were honorees at the second annual "Friday Night Lights" benefit held on the concourse level of NRG Stadium.

The football frenzied crowd of more than 560 showed the O'Briens the love, particularly when he spoke about the couple's passion for helping organizations that aid children. "We came here today from our hearts," O'Brien said. "We know how important it is to be a great man and a great dad." That statement fit right in with DePelchin's mission as the area's largest provider of children's mental health, foster care and adoption services.

The party, chaired by Audrey and Brandon Cochran and Kathleen and James Jennings, offered non-stop action for the throng, which skewed on the younger side. Photo opps with the Texans hottie cheerleaders morphed into dance floor opportunities when the Spazmatics cranked up the party action. In addition to the big board, live auction and wine pull money-makers, the raffle of a fab sapphire, London blue topaz and diamond bracelet donated by I.W. Marks Jewelers brought in plenty of dinero. The event raised more than $300,000.

Abbi and Rob Antablin joined Hannah and Cal McNair, Houston Texans COO and vice chairman, as honorary chairs, helping explain in part how DePelchin was lucky enough to get the O'Briens on board.

The enthused crowed included Kristy and Chris Bradshaw, Elizabeth and Zach Fertitta, Sue Nan and Rod Cutsinger, Lindley and Jason Arnoldy, Joanna and Brad Marks, Monica and John Blaisdell, Tashia and Tim Jamison and DePelchin president and CEO Jenifer Jarriel. Adding pigskin spice to the night was Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson and team chaplain Greg Tyler.

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