Mark Jay Leno up as one of the really good guys in the entertainment industry — a fact that was reaffirmed Saturday night when The Tonight Show host entertained the Children at Risk gathering with 90 minutes of his signature humor and then presented the non-profit with a personal check for $10,000.
That generous gesture earned Leno a standing ovation from the crowd of 750 that had gathered at the Bayou City Event Center. And he wasn't done then. Leno went on to a meet-and-greet and photo opp with Children at Risk benefactors.
The evening honored U.S. Sen. John Cornyn with the Founders Award, recognizing him for his widely-recognized efforts at advocating for the rights of children. Sharing duties as gala chairs were Kathy and Bob Baker, Adrienne Publicover and Kyle Jennings and Pamela and Curtis Frasier.
The event raised more than $410,000 for Children at Risk and its Center to End the Trafficking and Exploitation of Children. President and CEO Bob Sanborn accepted the gift from Leno.
Beyond the Leno show, dinner was a highlight of the evening with catering provided by Cordúa Restaurants. Lucia and Michael Cordúa hosted a table in the ballroom and their son, chef David Cordua, worked his magic in the kitchen.