More than 250 influential individuals turned out for the sold-out Sing for Hope 2016 gala at Hotel Derek, benefiting recently merged charities, Houston Area Community Services and Bering Omega. Now in its 20th year, the glamorous event raised $140,000 to provide health and social services to underserved families in Houston.
Nicole O'Brian Lassiter, Miss Texas USA 2003, and Adrian Perez, chef and owner of Complete Eats, emceed the evening, which featured dinner theater-style entertainment produced by Brandon Weinbrenner, the Alley Theatre's resident assistant artistic director.
Among the well-received performances were medleys from Christina Stroup, Aaron Echegaray and Daniel Rosales, and dances by Courtney Chilton and Maureen Kelley, plus Michael Blanco and Jessica Cubelli of The Rhythm of Magic. American soprano Camille Zamora, who co-founded the national Sing for Hope organization two decades ago, thrilled the crowd with a moving rendition of “When You Wish Upon A Star.”
The Camille Zamora Award, named in the singer's honor, was presented to Omega House director Sandy Stacy in recognition of her significant contribution to improve the lives of Houstonians living with HIV/AIDS.
After dinner, the organization's CEO, Joe C. Fuentes, along with board of directors president Troy Brooks, foundation board president Jeff Gremillion, and young professional board president Timothy Hampson, introduced the new name, effective immediately, for Bering Omega and Houston Area Community Services: Avenue 360.
Also celebrating the evening were Ashley P. Turner (representing her father, Mayor Sylvester Turner), Ben Carey, Sarah and Fernando Aramburo, Paul Pettie, Patrice Williams, Dean Putterman, JD Adamson and Tony Gibson, John Spurrell, Gordon Bethune and Jessica Rossman, Brandon Weinbrenner, Jeff Hoffman, and James Lassiter.
Joining in the fun as well were John B. Connally IV, Jacob Sudoff and Jerry Hooker, Mike Mahlstedt and Kyle Dutton, Jo and Jim Furr, Jeremy Fain, Dr. Van Morris and Patrick Curphey, Misha McClure, and Dr. Mark Nichols.