Houston Children’s Charity Celebration of Champions Event
By Jennifer Roosth
Photography by Pete Baatz and Michelle Watson
THE SCENE: An exclusive crowd, limited to 100 guests, enjoyed fabulous food, cocktails and celebrity All-Star mingling at Houston Children’s Charity annual “Gathering of Champions” bash at the River Oaks home of Landry’s owner and CEO Tilman Fertitta, and his wife Paige.The extravagant buffet bites (shrimp cocktail, stuffed salmon, and grilled filet provided by Landry’s, of course), and opportunity to meet sports legends was topped only by Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin and wife Charlene’s grand entrance into the Fertitta’s backyard via helicopter.
THE VIBE: Sporty Chic was the vibe of the party. This was a night of excitement and awe in a casual setting where fans were able to get autographs and pictures and enjoy cocktails and small talk with Hall of Fame members Hakeem Olajuwon, Calvin Murphy, Elvin Hayes and Curley Culp, and legendary players like Ray Childress, Drew Pearson, Jerry LeVias, Brian Ching and Robert Horry.
THE CAUSE: Laura Ward, HCC’s Executive Director, and Tilman Fertitta, HCC’s Chairman of the Board, co-emceed the event paying tribute to 32 great athletes, coaches & history-making legends. All of the 100% of the proceeds from this evening ($110,000) benefits HCC programs to improve the lives of Houston’s underprivileged, abused and handicapped children with the motto, Our Kids Are Everybody’s Kids.