Fourth Annual Touchdown For TEACH Gala Stirs Crowd
By Jennifer Roosth
Photography by Kim Coffman, Catchlight Group and Dave Rossman
THE SCENE: High wattage energy and a sold-out crowd for the 4th annual Touchdown for TEACH event made for an entertaining evening as over 480 guests packed into the ballroom at River Oaks Country Club. The gala tables were wall to wall in the ballroom as special guest Troy Aikman, interviewed by Spencer Tillman, had supporters applauding as he remarked on his three-time Super Bowl winning football career and his transition to Emmy nominated broadcaster for Fox Sports. Questions ranged from the importance of education and a good teacher… to his most memorable moment in the NFL.
THE VIBE: TEACH Executive Director Kelly Krohn, thanking all who made the event a success, proclaimed, “We feel like we just went to the Super Bowl,” explaining that TEACH (To Educate All Children) already reaches over 8,000 students, and thanks to everyone’s generosity, the organization will expand that impact even further. Furr High School Principal Bertie Simmons spoke about the impact TEACH has in the school. Educators that work with TEACH enjoy calmer and more productive classrooms, fewer disciplinary referrals, and improved student achievement.
THE CAUSE: Co-founders Susan D. Sarofim and Mary Yenik cheered for the successful evening, which raised a record-breaking $700,000 for the program that works to give educators in low-income schools strategies to improve students’ experience. The organization will net the entire amount raised thanks to Fayez Sarofim, who underwrote the entire event. Longtime TEACH supporter Tracy Krohn received a special award recognizing her commitment. Event Chairmen for the third year in a row Carol and Mike Linn and Honorary Chairmen for the fourth year in a row DeeDee and Wallis Marsh were thrilled with the evening and at the number of HISD schools that will benefit from guests’ generosity.