More than 450 guests donned their Texas best for last week's annual Big Brothers Big Sisters gala at the Royal Sonesta Galleria. The "Texas Cocktail Cowboy Chic" theme saw ballgowns, cowboy boots, and everything in between as one-to-one mentoring supporters came out to raise more than $300,000 for the national organization that benefits Houston-area children. The theme, suggested by gala chairs Kristina and Paul Somerville, recognized the evening's honoree, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
More than 40 "Big" and "Little" mentor/mentee matches served as table hosts at the September 6 event, and yet more "Littles" starred as featured entertainment throughout the program, which was emceed by 89.3 KSBJ Midday host Jennifer Driskill and her Little Sister mentee, 13-year-old Alyssa, who called the hosting gig "a bucket-list dream come true."
Other mentee performances included an Adele song by Jordyn, a dance to The Greatest Showman's "This Is Me" by Kamri, and a rap written and performed by Javon and his Big Brother, Tyrone Davis.
CEO Pierce Bush spoke on the impact of mentorship and hinted at the organization's national rebranding, which launches in October. Guests also bid on silent auction items—including a trip to Kennebunkport, Maine with a ride on President George H.W. Bush's private boat—and followed dinner with dancing to the music of Professor D. Band leader Scott White, it just so happens, is a Big Brother mentor himself.