What: United Negro College Fund “A Mind Is . . .” Gala
Where: Hilton Americas Houston
PC Moment: Mayor Sylvester Turner and his daughter, Ashley Turner, served as honorary chairs of the evening that drew a black-tie crowd of more than 500 which helped raise more than $550,000. Special guest UNCF president and CEO Michael L. Lomax, in from headquarters in Washington D.C., announced that last year the non-profit invested more than $700,000 in scholarships for Houston area students. That news added fuel to the celebration that went absolutely fiery when Sheila E. took the stage. Applause, applause for gala chairs K’Netha and Thomas Jones and Joycelyn and Terry Williams.
Who: Emcees Gina Gaston and Khambrel Marshall; honorees Rod Paige and Pamela Ellis; Cheryl and Percy Cruezot, Jamie and Kimberly House, Carolyn and Willie Alexander, Merele Yarborough, Mario Elie, Winell and Doug Herron, Sharon and Doug Owens, Judy and Wayne McConnell, the Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell, Carolyn Farb, Gena and Mathew Knowles, Judge Clarease and Cary Yates, and Joy and Randy Partain.