Touchdown For TEACH Event Surpasses Goals
By Jennifer Roosth Photography by Catchlight Group, Daniel Ortiz and Dave Rossman
THE SCENE: Lots of high fives and a sold-out crowd for the 5th annual Touchdown for TEACH event made for an energetic evening as almost 500 guests packed into the ballroom at River Oaks Country Club. Special guest Peyton Manning, interviewed by Spencer Tillman, had supporters laughing and applauding as he remarked on his legendary football career as a Super Bowl-winning quarterback, five-time NFL MVP and the first starting quarterback in NFL history to win the Super Bowl playing with two teams. The questions covered a variety of topics from playing experiences to how important mentors are in life, keeping the crowd thoroughly engaged.
THE VIBE: The evening was brimming with laughter and applause. The first part of the evening brought a fun take off on one of Peyton’s commercials when he appeared in a bathrobe, as Susan Sarofim and Spencer Tillman donned matching white robes and presented one to Peyton with the TEACH logo. The organization’s co-founders Susan D. Sarofim and Mary Yenik cheered the organization’s huge success, which raised a record-breaking $1.1 million.
THE CAUSE: Event chairs Carol and Mike Linn and DeeDee and Wallis Marsh were thrilled with the evening and at the number of HISD schools that will benefit from guests’ generosity. TEACH already reaches over 8,000 students, and thanks to everyone’s help tonight, we can expand that impact.” TEACH (To Educate All Children) works to give educators in low-income schools strategies in de-escalation and conflict resolution. The organization will net the entire fundraising amount raised thanks to Fayez Sarofim who underwrote the event. TEACH has changed the lives of thousands of students through the approach of coaching educators, transforming the student experience, and supporting schools to achieve improved results.