Shelby's Social Diary
Black-tie whimsy: Dr. Seuss theme raises $560,000 for Houston Community College
El Paso Corp. CEO and chairman Doug Foshee and his wife, Sarah, share a passion for the work of community colleges. So when tapped as honorees of Houston Community College's Opportunity Ball, the duo gladly accepted and, while in the spotlight, Doug praised the efforts of HCC in providing real career opportunities for a broad array of students.
A record crowd of 750 applauded the Foshees in the ballroom of the Hilton Americas-Houston where more than $560,000 was raised for student programs. It was a profitable start to the new year for the college, one of the largest community colleges in the country, that provides an affordable education to more than 80,000 students each semester.
HCC board members Shawn Taylor and Penny Butler chaired the evening that saluted Dr. Seuss with its theme "Oh, The Places We'll Go!" The black-tie crowd partied amid a whimsical decor (thank you Swift + Co.) that included Dr. Seuss characters and swirling rainbows of color.
The evening's program included presentation of the Crystal Eagle Award to the Foshees by last year's honorees former Mayor Bill White and Andrea White.
Key HCC leaders on hand included chancellor Mary Spangler, board chair Richard Schechter, newly-elected board member Carroll Robinson and numerous HCC trustees. Mayor Annise Parker and Kathy Hubbard joined the festivities.
Notables adding to the evenings success included Mychelle Taylor, Susy and Mel Glasscock, former Texas Gov. Mark White and Linda Gale, Mary Ann and Larry Faulkner, Ann and Karl Stern, Harriet and Joe Foster, Nancy and Bryan Ruez, Renee Logans, Karen and Scott Rozell, Arvia and Jason Few, Y. Ping Sun and David Leebron, Deana and Larry Blackburn, Michael Feinberg and Carla and Steve Strake.