From the moment that Earth, Wind & Fire took the stage Saturday night, the fiery red dance floor at the Hyatt Regency Downtown was packed with fans reliving the '70s and '80s. And that is tradition with Houston Children's Charity, which year after year brings in star talent that churns up the dance fever.
The nostalgic session of R&B, soul, funk and more earned the charity $1.4 million, all the more reason to rock the night away. Kudos to chairs Jana and Richard Fant and Melissa and Brad Juneau, accompanied by their 4-year-old daughter, Scarlett. The youngster did a star turn in her own right, welcoming the black-tie crowd and thanking them for their generosity.
Long-standing supporters of the event, BMW of West Houston and Momentum BMW Southwest, once again contributed a car, a 2016 BMW M235i Coup, and a trip to the auto manufacturer's plant in Munich, Germany. High bidders Julie and Alan Kent are booking their tickets.
The gala honored Hannah and Cal McNair, Houston Texans vice chairman and COO, for their widespread philanthropy. Among those congratulating the McNairs were charity board president Penny Loyd and her husband, Paul Loyd Jr.
Revelers included emcee Deborah Duncan, HCC founder Laura Ward, Jeanette and Jim Woods, Gary Becker and Kellie Letsos, Norelle and Brian Becker, Carol and Dr. Tom Sawyer, Cathy and Jesse Marion, Ellie and Michael Francisco, Trini Mendenhall, Mary and Tony Gracely, Edna Meyer Nelson and, representing BMW, Maria Moncada-Alaoui and Tommy Kuranoff.