Guest at Wednesday’s Kickstart Kids event, held at the River Oaks home of Alice and Keith Mosing, got a real kick out of the evening.
The non-profit’s founder, martial arts champion and actor Chuck Norris, along with his wife Gena, mingled and posed for photos with the 100-plus attendees.
The event, which featured a “Chinese New Year” theme in honor of the upcoming holiday on January 28, boasted a rousing performance by a troupe of Chinese dancers, dressed in traditional dragon dance garb, who moved throughout the house and guided guests to the backyard where a group of students from Kickstart Kids gave karate demonstrations.
Chuck and Gena Norris, Jason and Courtney Fertitta, and Keith and Alice Mosing will chair the organization’s 24th annual gala, “Heroes Among Us,” on March 24 at Hilton Americas-Houston. The soiree will honor former president George H. W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush.
Kickstart Kids, started by Chuck Norris in 1990, uses karate to teach character building values to students in public schools. Today, its outreach includes 56 schools in Texas with approximately 8,500 participates enrolled in 2016-2017.
Partygoers included Cathy and Giorgio Borlenghi, Brenda Love and Ed Jones, Franelle Rogers, Dr. David Edelstein and Julie Riggins, Michael Mithoff, Jerry Simon, Trish Millard, Bill King, Jonathan Schnitzer, Lily Morris, Michelle and Bill Hickl, Jackie and Don Kerstetter, Eric Self, Elizabeth and John Gibson, and Jim Braniff.