Touchdown For TEACH Scores Big
By Jennifer Roosth
Photography by Kim Coffman, Dave Rossman, and Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
THE SCENE: A football fan’s fantasy evening with over 510 guests packed into the sold out ballroom at River Oaks Country Club? You bet, if it’s supporting “Touchdown” for TEACH (To Educate All Children). Special guest TV host and former football star Michael Strahan, interviewed by Spencer Tillman, had supporters applauding and laughing as he remarked on his career, his many jobs including co-hosting top-rated shows LIVE with Kelly and Michael, Good Morning America, and Fox NFL Sunday.
THE VIBE: There was sporting energy in the capacity-filled room for fans of both football and education. Guests enjoyed a three-course meal and champagne, while enjoying a range of topics from the importance of education and good teaching, to how Strahan finds the time to keep his busy Executive Director Kelly Krohn said, “We want to thank everyone for making Touchdown for TEACH such a success. Our supporters recognize the importance of Houston’s educators and the impact on our children.”
THE CAUSE: Co-founders of TEACH Susan D. Sarofim and Mary Yenik, as well as the event’s chairs for the second year in a row Carol and Mike Linn, and honorary chairs DeeDee and Wallis Marsh, were thrilled with the evening’s record-breaking $600,000 raised for the program that works to give educators strategies to more effectively work with their most challenging students in often difficult environments. The organization will net the entire amount raised to the benefit HISD schools, thanks to Fayez Sarofim who underwrote the entire event.