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A record-breaking $1.1 million raised, three generations as chairs and 700 guests help Casa de Esperanza

A record-breaking $1.1 million raised, three generations as chairs and 700 guests help Casa de Esperanza

Casa de Esperanza Gala April 2013 T.R. Reckling and Isla Reckling, Luke McConn and Christiana McConn, Isla Jornayvaz and Joseph Jornayvaz
T.R. and Isla Reckling, from left, Luke and Christiana McConn and Isla and Joseph Jornayvaz at the Casa de Esperanza fundraiser. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Casa de Esperanza Gala April 2013 Sister Patricia Aseltyne, Michael Cordua and Lucia Cordua
Sister Patricia Aseltyne, left, with dinner hosts Michael and Lucia  at the Casa de Esperanza fundraiser.Cordúa Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Casa de Esperanza Gala April 2013 Greg Guarino and Johnny Carrabba
Greg Guarino, left, and Johnny Carrabba at the Casa de Esperanza fundraiser. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Casa de Esperanza Gala April 2013 Luke McConn and Katie McConn
Luke and Katie McConn at the Casa de Esperanza fundraiser. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Casa de Esperanza Gala April 2013 Linda Evans, Emily Crosswell, Kathy O'Neil
Linda Evans, from left, Emily Crosswell and Kathy O'Neil at the Casa de Esperanza fundraiser. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Casa de Esperanza Gala April 2013 Kevin Maples, Virginia Steppe, Alisa Maples, Dan Steppe
Kevin Maples, from left, Virginia Steppe, Alissa Maples and Dan Steppe at the Casa de Esperanza fundraiser. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Casa de Esperanza Gala April 2013 Annette Strake and George Strake, Belinda Harris
Annette and George Strake, left, with Belinda Harris at the Casa de Esperanza fundraiser. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Casa de Esperanza Gala April 2013 Brenda Koch and Tom Koch, Laurel Thompson, Ed Smith
Brenda and Tom Koch, from left, Laurel Thompson and Ed Smith at the Casa de Esperanza fundraiser. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Casa de Esperanza Gala April 2013 Bill Jones and Kathy Foster
Bill Jones and Kathy Foster at the Casa de Esperanza fundraiser. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Casa de Esperanza Gala April 2013 Brooke Bagby, Billy O'Neil, Devon Liedtke and Taylor Liedtke, Isla Jornayvaz and Joseph Jornayvaz
Brooke Bagby, from left, Billy O'Neil, Devon and Taylor Liedtke and Isla and Joseph Jornayvaz at the Casa de Esperanza fundraiser. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Casa de Esperanza Gala April 2013 T.R. Reckling and Isla Reckling, Luke McConn and Christiana McConn, Isla Jornayvaz and Joseph Jornayvaz
Casa de Esperanza Gala April 2013 Sister Patricia Aseltyne, Michael Cordua and Lucia Cordua
Casa de Esperanza Gala April 2013 Greg Guarino and Johnny Carrabba
Casa de Esperanza Gala April 2013 Luke McConn and Katie McConn
Casa de Esperanza Gala April 2013 Linda Evans, Emily Crosswell, Kathy O'Neil
Casa de Esperanza Gala April 2013 Kevin Maples, Virginia Steppe, Alisa Maples, Dan Steppe
Casa de Esperanza Gala April 2013 Annette Strake and George Strake, Belinda Harris
Casa de Esperanza Gala April 2013 Brenda Koch and Tom Koch, Laurel Thompson, Ed Smith
Casa de Esperanza Gala April 2013 Bill Jones and Kathy Foster
Casa de Esperanza Gala April 2013 Brooke Bagby, Billy O'Neil, Devon Liedtke and Taylor Liedtke, Isla Jornayvaz and Joseph Jornayvaz

With tradition honored, with old guard chairs at the helm and with 700 generous partygoers ready to rock, the annual Casa de Esperanza de Los Ninos benefit once gain broke previous records bringing in $1.1 million. (That's $100,000 more than in 2012.)

Applause, applause for three generations of the Reckling family — Isla and Tommy Reckling, Christiana and Luke McConn and Isla and Joseph Jornayvaz — who chaired the dinner evening at Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. They offered a grateful gracias to Lucia and Michael Cordúa for hosting the popular benefit for the 24th year, with the family and Cordúa Restaurants underwriting the bountiful dinner.

The evening served to recognize those who have served the non-profit that provides a haven for children in crisis due to abuse, neglect or the effects of HIV. Taking bows as recipients of the Michael Cordúa Spirit of Hope Award were Frances Arnoult and Marsha Parker. Community Volunteer of the Year honors went to Pamela St. Martin while Katherine Plumb and Cabell Walker were recognized as Young Professionals of the Year. Rounding out the group of award recipients was Emily Koch, Teen Volunteer of the Year.

Mixing and mingling in the Hobby Center Grand Foyer were Casa de Esperanza founders Kathy Foster and Bill Jones, plus Alissa and Ron Maples, Dorothy and Mickey Ables, Emily Crosswell, Pat Breen, Phyllis and Tony Mandola, Virginia and Dan Steppe, Lindy and Tom McGee, Raye White and Jan and Tom Simmons.