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Big Brothers Big Sisters auction off little artworks to raise major mentoring funds

Big Brothers Big Sisters auction off little artworks to raise major mentoring funds

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It was dubbed "The Big Black Tie Ball" and by Big Brothers Big Sisters' accounting it was indeed a big night with enough funds raised — $250,000 — to provide more than 500 children with a Big Brother or Big Sister.

Anita and Gerald Smith chaired the dinner gala a The Corinthian where entertainment was provided by a duo of Little Sisters and a duo of Little Brothers.

KPRC Channel 2 news anchor Rachel McNeill joined Fox Sports Houston GM Steve McNair, a Big Brothers Big Sisters board member, as emcees of the evening. Part of the funds raised were generated by an auction of artworks created by Little Brothers and Little Sisters under the direction of artist and community developer Reginald C. Adams.

Highlight of the auction was a large canvas titled Hands-On, comprised of handprints from board members, staff and brothers and sisters, symbolically representing the number of individuals needed to help the non-profit complete its mission. Ana and Don Carty made the high bid and then turned the creative piece over to the Big Brothers Big Sisters to hang it in the Houston office.

Elected officials in the mix included U.S. Rep. Al Green and city council members Wanda Adams, Jarvis Johnson and Brenda Stardig.

Setting a tony pace for the evening were Connie and Jonathan Gregory, Mary and Dr. Mark D'Andrea, Pam and Neil Tofsky, Suzette and the Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell, Jodie and Sonny Jiles, Ann and Don Short, Yvonne and Rufus Cormier, Soraya and Scott McClelland and Debbie Tyler-Dillard.