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The Queen of Las Vegas Bestows Her Billionaire Touch on Record-Setting Houston Gala

Community Leaders and Low-Key Philanthropists Step Up

BY // 02.28.19
photography Roswitha Vogler

What: Communities in Schools (CIS) annual dinner

Where: The Post Oak Hotel

PC Moment: With an audience of more than 800 community and business leaders, the evening raised more than $1.2 million for the organization that places counselors in 160 public school campuses across area school districts. The success was due in no small part to the fact that low-profile philanthropists Charles and Judy Tate, CIS board member, chaired the gala.

Headliner was  billionaire philanthropist Elaine Wynn, who serves as CIS national board chair and who bears the sobriquet of “Queen of Las Vegas.”

The evening honored Cynthia Clay Briggs, CIS CEO emeritus who in 1979 was the nonprofit’s first social worker. Fifteen years later, she became executive director, a post she held until her recent retirement. Mayor Sylvester Turner joined the party declaring it “Cynthia Clay Briggs Day in Houston.”

Houston sweetheart Yvonne Washington warbled favorite tunes through the dinner hour.

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PC Seen: Emcee Lisa Malosky, CIS new executive director Lisa Descant, Soraya and Scott McClelland, Linda Gale White, Stacey and Andrew White, Elizabeth Russell, Gwen and Ed Emmett, Judy and Dr. Walter McReynolds, David Weekley, Tracy and David Livingston, Mary and John Craddock, Robin and John  Wombwell, Leslie and Carlos Duncan, Courtney Hopson, Bill Milliken, Lisa and David Sambrooks, and Kristen and Steve McDaniel.

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