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A Funny Peyton Manning and a Driven Billionaire Raise Huge Money for Teachers in Houston

BY // 11.17.17
photography Daniel Ortiz, David Rossman

What: Touchdown for TEACH (To Educate All Children)

Where: River Oaks Country Club

PC Moment: Legendary quarterback Peyton Manning, with two Super Bowl rings and five NFL MVP Awards to his credit, shared his gridiron wisdom with the gathering of more than 480. While his interview, conducted by Spencer Tillman, was entertaining, the height of the night  might have been the riff on Manning’s ad for DirectTV in which he wore a plaid robe. At the start of the dinner fundraiser, TEACH co-founder Susan Sarofim and Tillman approached the stage in matching white bathrobes and presented one with a TEACH logo to Peyton Manning.

But the true excitement came when the evening proceeds reached $1.1 million, thanks in no small part to the fact that billionaire Fayez Sarofim (Susan Sarofim’s husband) underwrote the entire cost of the event. It was a record for the non-profit that provides educators in low-income school’s strategies in de-escalation and conflict resolution in the classroom. Giving testimonial to the effectiveness of the TEACH training was Renita Perry, principal of Attucks Middle School, noted that the training had transformed how her teachers interact with students and ultimately resulted in better classroom achievement.

Chaired by Carol and Mike Linn and DeeDee and Wallis Marsh, the evening honored Scott McClelland and H-E-B for long-time support of the non-profit.

School board: TEACH executive director Kelly Krohn, Laurie and Tracy Krohn, Donna and Tony Vallone, Belinda and Corky Hillhouse, Pierce Bush, Anne Neeson, Sippi and Ajay Khurana, Gary Petersen, Lori Sarofim, Hallie Vanderhier, Soraya McClelland, Chuck Jenness, Chita and Lane Craft, Sippi and Ajay Khurana, Vivian Wise,  Raye White, Kevin Black and Tony Bradfield and Alice and Keith Mosing.

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