Big Brothers Big Sisters Gala Supports Local Children
By Jennifer Roosth Photography by Quy Tran
THE SCENE: Recently, over 350 Houstonians attended the Big Brothers Big Sisters annual Big Black Tie Ball at the beautiful Corinthian downtown three weeks after Hurricane Harvey. It celebrated the Houston community and the spirit of volunteerism that bonded us together in the face of tragedy and that continues to drive the core mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ donor-supported, one-to-one volunteer mentoring programs for 67 years.
THE VIBE: The energy of the event was inspired by Houston’s spirit of volunteerism and community. Former Little Brother Darryl Blackburn served as emcee for the program, which highlighted the nonprofit’s mission and the positive impact a mentor can have on the future of children in the Houston community. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner affirmed the pressing need for volunteer mentors who encourage hope and provide opportunity for local children. A highlight of the evening was the many Bigs (mentors) and Littles (mentees) in attendance, including Big Brother Cary Moorhead who was honored as the evening’s Point of Light.
Following the dinner program, guests enjoyed a silent and live action featuring an exciting Houston Texans game experience that included two round-trip seats on the team bus and team plane, accommodations at the team hotel, and sideline passes to a 2017 Texans road game, all donated by Cal and Hannah McNair.
THE CAUSE: The event’s success was led by gala chairs Hannah and Cal McNair, who along with the Houston Texans have been strong supporters of Big Brothers Big Sisters. They were especially excited to help celebrate the evening’s honoree, Margaret Alkek Williams. The elegant gala raised $315,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters benefiting Houston-area children facing adversity. These funds will allow children to be matched with a positive mentor who will help enrich their lives and encourage them to reach their highest potential through educational motivation, fun adventures, and overall, a safe and stable relationship.