What: Communities in Schools' "Stay in School" gala.
Where: Houston Country Club.
The scoop: With Elizabeth and Seth Russell and Kathryn and Jeff Smith as chairs, the annual event raised more than $350,000 for the program that has 37 years of success at keeping kids in school. The evening honored CIS community advocates Gwen Emmett and Pat Rosenberg as well as long-time supporter and board member Bernard A. Harris Jr. and The Harris Foundation. Honorees were introduced by emcee Lisa Maloski.
Keynote speaker Rey Saldana, San Antonio city councilman, revved the ballroom crowd with his story of being helped by CIS and his route to Stanford University.
Who: Linda Gale and Mark White, Scott and Soraya McClelland, Regina Rogers, Tissie Hardin, Susie and Larry Johnson, Barbara and Charles Hurwitz, Lisa and David Sambrooks, and Kathy and Brent Smolik.