Shelby's Social Diary
The potent combination of the generous Tellepsen family with the venerable Sam Houston Area Council of the Boy Scouts proved to be magical Thursday night when the annual Distinguished Family Award Dinner brought in more than $1 million for Boy Scout programs.
Add the influential Mark Wallace, Texas Children's Hospital president and CEO, as dinner chair as another key element in the impressive fundraising. Wallace, a long-time friend of the family, presented the award to two generations of Tellepsens — June Tellepsen and her children Karen, Howard Jr. and Tom II.
A video tribute chronicled a century of the family's rich community service and its role in establishing one of the city's most successful construction companies. Projects have included buildings at Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston First Baptist Church, Baylor College of Medicine, Christ Church Cathedral, Houston Baptist University and scores more.
The family's commitment to the Boy Scouts covers both generations with the late Howard Tellepsen Sr. having chaired the Sam Houston Area Council board. Howard Jr., a past board chair, currently chairs the council's endowment campaign.
Among guests were Eagle Scouts, who achieved their prestigious ranking through Karen Tellepsen's mentorship. A number of young Boy Scouts traded their merit badges for black ties on this night that saw the Hilton Americas Houston ballroom fill with 900 supporters.
Saluting the Tellepsens were guests including Maria and Christopher Pappas, Emily and Holcombe Crosswell, Shannon Wallace, Janet and Ernie Cockrell, Anne Conner, Anna Babin, Christy and Webb Jennings and Linda O'Black.