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A rockin' gala brings in $500,000 as The Temptations Review & heavy hitters help UNCF

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United Negro College Fund gala, November 2012, Khambrel Marshall, Rachael McNeill
Khambrel Marshall, Rachael McNeill Photo by Michael Osborne
United Negro College Fund gala, November 2012, Gerald Smith, Anita Smith
Gerald Smith, Anita Smith Photo by Michael Osborne
United Negro College Fund gala, November 2012, Merele Yarborough, Kristyn Page, Winell Heron
Merele Yarborough, Kristyn Page, Winell Heron Photo by Michael Osborne
United Negro College Fund gala, November 2012, Y. Ping Sun, David Leebron
Y. Ping Sun, David Leebron Photo by Michael Osborne
United Negro College Fund gala, November 2012, Sheretta West, Ralph West
Sheretta West, Ralph West Photo by Michael Osborne
United Negro College Fund gala, November 2012, Evan Coleman, Gloria Coleman, Garnet Coleman, Angelique Coleman
Evan Coleman, Gloria Coleman, Garnet Coleman, Angelique Coleman Photo by Michael Osborne
United Negro College Fund gala, November 2012, Colleen Dipple, Michael Feinberg
Colleen Dipple, Michael Feinberg Photo by Michael Osborne
United Negro College Fund gala, November 2012, Avo Omopariola, Gloria Coleman, Garnet Coleman
Avo Omopari, Gloria Coleman, Garnet Coleman Photo by Michael Osborne
United Negro College Fund gala, November 2012, Ernestine Pina-Sandoval, Steve McNair
Ernestine Pina-Sandoval, Steve McNair Photo by Michael Osborne
United Negro College Fund gala, November 2012, Khambrel Marshall, Rachael McNeill
United Negro College Fund gala, November 2012, Gerald Smith, Anita Smith
United Negro College Fund gala, November 2012, Merele Yarborough, Kristyn Page, Winell Heron
United Negro College Fund gala, November 2012, Y. Ping Sun, David Leebron
United Negro College Fund gala, November 2012, Sheretta West, Ralph West
United Negro College Fund gala, November 2012, Evan Coleman, Gloria Coleman, Garnet Coleman, Angelique Coleman
United Negro College Fund gala, November 2012, Colleen Dipple, Michael Feinberg
United Negro College Fund gala, November 2012, Avo Omopariola, Gloria Coleman, Garnet Coleman
United Negro College Fund gala, November 2012, Ernestine Pina-Sandoval, Steve McNair

The black-tie attired guests departing the ballroom of the Hilton Americas-Houston practically floated out to valet parking on a partying high, inspired in part by the retro sounds of The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards and in part by the record dollars raised for the United Negro College Fund.

The UNCF gala brought in more than $500,000 thanks in no small part to underwriters H-E-B and Church Without Walls and to the efforts of the heavy-hitter chairs. How could a benefit do less than spectacular with the leadership of veteran gala chair Merele Yarborough and honorary chairs Anita and Gerald Smith and Y. Ping Sun and David Leebron?

Adding their own glamour notes to the evening were emcees Khambrel Marshall and Rachel McNeill, both of KPRC Channel 2.

Swaying to the goldie oldie Temptations tunes were Lora and Dr. John Clemmons, Arvia and Jason Few, Eileen and Kase Lawal, Gina Gaston, Steve McNair, Yvonne Cormier, Jodie Jiles and Sonny Messiah Jiles, Winell and Doug Herron, Sheretta and the Rev. Ralph West, State Rep. Garnet Coleman and wife Angelique.

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