'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' Storybook Gala chairs Nick & Kasey Carnrite and Joselyn and Jeff Carnrite at Hotel ZaZa Museum District (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
The Wizard of Oz Characters from J&D Entertainment set the tone of the Storybook Gala evening. (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Tom & Grace Gosnell at the Storybook Gala (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Carson Brown, Eric Brueggeman at the Storybook Gala (Photo by Jacob Power)
Scott & Meghan McAlpine, Nicole Aderholt, Jacob Gibbons at the Storybook Gala (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Ron & Julie Finck, Morgan Relyea Colt & Walker Colt at the Storybook Gala (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Neil & Maria Bush at the Storybook Gala (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Lisa & Mark Jakel at the Storybook Gala (Photo by Jacob Power)
Lindsey Buchanan, Allison Wells at the Storybook Gala (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Kyle & Amy McCully, Regan Polotko & Nick Spearman at the Storybook Gala (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Kate & Joseph Cavanaugh at the Storybook Gala (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Joe & Ashley Edens at the Storybook Gala (Photo by Jacob Power)
Storybook Gala co-chairs Kasey & Nick Carnrite, Deloitte's Amy Chronis and Scott John, gala co-chairs Joselyn & Jeff Carnrite (Photo by Jacob Power)
Devin & Lindsey Sauer, Beverly & Steven Westbrook at the Storybook Gala (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Anthony Tarantino, Gabriela Aparicio at the Storybook Gala (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
What: The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation Young Professionals Group “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” Storybook Gala
Where: Hotel ZaZa Museum District
PC Moment: The Wizard of Oz-inspired theme of the evening saw Dorothy, The Tin Man, The Cowardly Lion and The Scarecrow, courtesy of J&D Entertainment, frolicking through the jazzed surroundings with more than 300 guests. In addition to the whimsical wonderland decor, ArtAttack provided a 5-foot tall ruby slipper, an homage to the children’s book.
Helming the fundraiser were Joselyn and Jeff Carnrite and Kasey and Nick Carnrite, the brothers members of the Carnrite Group‘s management team. Carnrite, honoree Deloitte and P2 Energy Solutions were sponsors of the evening that raised more than $320,000 for literacy programs.
Dorothy might have warned Toto that they weren’t in Kansas anymore, but hotel catering bid a nod to the Sunflower State with a buffet featuring barbecued pork presented on gouda grits, pork belly bites and roasted corn in shot glasses. Whimsical desserts included cheesecake lollipops straight from the Emerald City, rainbow sugar cookies and Munchkin-sized macaroons. In addition to the buffet, after the program, Houston-based Drywater Band struck up the dance tunes.
The 2022 Childhood Literacy Impact Award was presented to Deloitte, which in 2013 began a collaboration with the foundation in which the company committed to dedicating expertise to help develop Houston’s Literacy Crisis. Say hello to A Blueprint for Community Action, a first-ever, citywide strategic plan focused on literacy.
Since that time, Deloitte has been engaged in various pro bono projects, most recently supporting the foundation’s development of its strategic plan to increase adult literacy rates.
In addition, Deloitte is assisting the foundation in creating its website to tell the story of its decade of difference-making in celebration of its 10th year anniversary in 2023. Accepting the award were Amy Chronis, vice chair, US Energy & Chemicals Leader and Houston managing partner, Deloitte LLP, and Scott John, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP.
PC Seen: Maria and Neil Bush, Alan Carnrite Julie and Ron Finck, Lisa and Mark Jakel, Deb and Monte Stavis, Amy and Pete Chronis, Emre Ozsut, Jordan Kahlil, Heather and Ray Collins, Sidney and Michael Aquino, Sarah and Ben Cotting, Caroline Edmundson, Carson Brown, Eric Brueggman, Stephanie and Brent Schier, Nick Spearman, Regan Polotko, Grace and Tom Gosnell, and Victoria Villarreal.