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Education innovation on the plate at this A+ Challenge dinner in River Oaks

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2 8083 Gene Wu, from left, Dana Kervin and Beth and Ed Wolff at the Houston A+ Challenge dinner December 2013
State Rep. Gene Wu, from left, Dana Kervin and Beth Wolff and Ed Wolff at the Houston A+ Challenge dinner. Photo by Kim Coffman
13 8472 Scott Hochberg and Elena White at the Houston A+ Challenge dinner December 2013
Scott Hochberg and Elena White at the Houston A+ Challenge dinner. Photo by Kim Coffman
8 8253 Soraya and Scott McClelland at the Houston A+ Challenge dinner December 2013
Soraya and Scott McClelland at the Houston A+ Challenge dinner. Photo by Kim Coffman
10 8313 Darrell and Shachella James, from left, and Miara and Maurice Shaw at the Houston A+ Challenge dinner December 2013
Darrell and Shachella James, from left, and Miara and Maurice Shaw at the Houston A+ Challenge dinner. Photo by Kim Coffman
12 8380 Harriet Foster, left, and Regina Rogers at the Houston A+ Challenge dinner December 2013
Harriet Foster, left, and Regina Rogers at the Houston A+ Challenge dinner. Photo by Kim Coffman
11 8363 Maconda Abinader, from left, Jonie Baird and Beth Wolff at the Houston A+ Challenge dinner December 2013
Maconda Abinader, from left, Joni Baird and Beth Wolff at the Houston A+ Challenge dinner. Photo by Kim Coffman
5 8210 Susan Krohn, left, and Lori Krohn at the Houston A+ Challenge dinner December 2013
Susan Krohn, left, and Lori Krohn at the Houston A+ Challenge dinner. Photo by Kim Coffman
9 8306 Nancy Ruez, from left, with Truett and Harriet Latimer at the Houston A+ Challenge dinner December 2013
Nancy Ruez, from left, with Truett and Harriet Latimer at the Houston A+ Challenge dinner. Photo by Kim Coffman
7 8225 Kelly Zuniga, from left, Dr. Stephen Klineberg and Susan Bischoff at the Houston A+ Challenge dinner December 2013
Kelly Zuniga, from left, Dr. Stephen Klineberg and Susan Bischoff at the Houston A+ Challenge dinner. Photo by Kim Coffman
4 8207  Jane-Page Crump, left, and Suzan Deison at the Houston A+ Challenge dinner December 2013
Jane-Page Crump, left, and Suzan Deison at the Houston A+ Challenge dinner. Photo by Kim Coffman
3 8177 Philamena and Arthur Baird at the Houston A+ Challenge dinner December 2013
Philamena and Arthur Baird at the Houston A+ Challenge dinner. Photo by Kim Coffman
1 8006 Paul Castro and Dana Vontoure at the Houston A+ Challenge dinner December 2013
Paul Castro and Dana Vontoure at the Houston A+ Challenge dinner. Photo by Kim Coffman
2 8083 Gene Wu, from left, Dana Kervin and Beth and Ed Wolff at the Houston A+ Challenge dinner December 2013
13 8472 Scott Hochberg and Elena White at the Houston A+ Challenge dinner December 2013
8 8253 Soraya and Scott McClelland at the Houston A+ Challenge dinner December 2013
10 8313 Darrell and Shachella James, from left, and Miara and Maurice Shaw at the Houston A+ Challenge dinner December 2013
12 8380 Harriet Foster, left, and Regina Rogers at the Houston A+ Challenge dinner December 2013
11 8363 Maconda Abinader, from left, Jonie Baird and Beth Wolff at the Houston A+ Challenge dinner December 2013
5 8210 Susan Krohn, left, and Lori Krohn at the Houston A+ Challenge dinner December 2013
9 8306 Nancy Ruez, from left, with Truett and Harriet Latimer at the Houston A+ Challenge dinner December 2013
7 8225 Kelly Zuniga, from left, Dr. Stephen Klineberg and Susan Bischoff at the Houston A+ Challenge dinner December 2013
4 8207  Jane-Page Crump, left, and Suzan Deison at the Houston A+ Challenge dinner December 2013
3 8177 Philamena and Arthur Baird at the Houston A+ Challenge dinner December 2013
1 8006 Paul Castro and Dana Vontoure at the Houston A+ Challenge dinner December 2013

With public education as one of the pressing issues in the Houston area, it comes as no surprise that the ballroom of River Oaks Country Club was filled with supporters at the Houston A+ Challenge annual dinner, "The Power of the Network."

The mother and son team of Beth Wolff and Ed Wolff chaired the fundraiser that focused on quality education and innovation in education. Featured speakers were former State Rep. Scott Hochberg and former State Sen. Florence Shapiro, both champions of education during their legislative tenures and both of whom received the Andrea White Award for Service to Public Education. Also in the spotlight were middle school teachers Ellen and Jeer Cabahug, who shared their experience in the A+ program.

Chevron was honored with the Maconda Brown O'Connor Award for Leadership in Public Education, the award accepted by Joni Baird, who told the gathering how Chevron had raised $1 million that will go directly to classrooms through the Fuel Your School Initiative program.

Houston A+ Challenge executive director Scott Van Beck was on hand to thank supporters including H-E-B, which was presenting sponsor for the fundraiser.

Those with a focus on improving educational opportunities in the Houston area included A+ Challenge board chair Bill Crouch and wife Karen, Soraya and Scott McClelland, Susan Bischoff, Beckie and Gasper Mir, Yava and Milton Scott, Barbara and Jonathan Day, Shawn Gross, Vic Samuels, Irma and Roberto Gonzalez, Judith Cruz and Bo Fraga.

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