Mark DiBella, Jordan & Emily Mayre, John B. King Jr. at the YES Prep luncheon in Wortham Theater Center (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
Raye White, Susan Sarofim at the dinner in the Sarofim River Oaks home (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
Debra & Mark Gregg (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
John B. King Jr. during the fireside-like chat in the Sarofim home (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
Joe & Claire Greenberg (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
Charles Hall, Anne Harrington, Carla Knobloch, Mark DiBella (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
Benjamin & Ann Ziker (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
Stephen & Peggy Klineberg (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
Doug & Cathryn Selman (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
Drew & Madeline Masterson (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
Geraldina & Scott Wise (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
Heather & Max Bulk (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
Julie & Drew Alexander (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
Luis Elizondo-Thomson & Alex Hales-Thomson (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
Mickey & Debi Barrett (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
Mark DiBella, Susan Sarofim (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
What: YES Prep Public Schools third annual Leading Houston Forward luncheon
Where: The Grand Foyer of Wortham Theater Center
PC Moment: There were two moments actually — dinner for top donors in the River Oaks home of billionaires Susan and Fayez Sarofim and the luncheon. Guest of honor and speaker at both gatherings was John B. King Jr., the 10th U.S. Secretary of Education under President Barack Obama and current president and CEO of The Education Trust. That organization works “to close opportunity gaps that disproportionately affect students of color and students from low-income families.”
During the dinner King and YES Prep board member Luis Elizondo-Thomson held a fireside style chat with guests as they discussed educational inequities and the increasing demand for an educated workforce.
In addition to King’s keynote during the luncheon, the Chris Barbic Legacy Award, named for YES Prep founder, was presented to Vitol for the energy and commodities company’s on-going commitment to the charter school system. And YES Prep CEO Mark DiBella noted that the charter entity will add 10 feeder elementary schools over the next five years. To date, YES Prep has 19 campuses.
As noted in Jordan Marye’s comments, YES Prep “is the only major charter district solely focused on Houston and that consistently delivers unmatched student achievement results.” Marye chaired the luncheon with his wife Emily Marye, an effort that raised close to $1 million with $72,000 of that coming in during the luncheon thanks to an anonymous donor’s dollar for dollar match of up to $100,000.
PC Seen: Claire and Joe Greenberg, Janet Clark, Geraldina and Scott Wise, Meredith and Ben Marshall, Debi and Mickey Barrett, Garry Tanner, Alex Hales Thomson, Debra and Mark Gregg, Carla Knobloch, Jim Nicholas and Ann Vaughan.