September 21st, 2011 - Houston, TX
ART INSPIRED GALA RAISES FUNDS TO PROVIDE MENTORS TO MORE THAN 500 CHILDREN
500 children will get a Big Brother or Big Sister thanks to guests of The Big Black Tie Ball: An Evening of Masterpieces last Friday night. Anita and Gerald Smith served as the Ball Chairs for the event, which raised $250,000 at the Corinthian in Downtown Houston. Two Little Brothers and two Little Sisters in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program served as the highlight of the evening by singing and performing musical instruments.
KPRC Local 2 Anchor, Rachel McNeill and Fox Sports Houston General Manager and Big Brothers Big Sisters Advisory Board Member, Steve McNair served as event emcees. The essence of mentoring was captured through the featured artworks of Little Brothers and Little Sisters who had created a variety of art pieces for the auction with the guidance of public artist and community developer, Reginald C. Adams.
Adams also worked to create a featured art piece for the event titled Each handprint on the painting is symbolic of all of the people that are necessary for an organization like Big Brothers Big Sisters to effectively achieve its mission of changing the lives of kids for the better, forever. The painting includes dozens of handprints from Big Brothers Big Sisters board members, staff, the event chair - Gerald Smith, and more than 16 Bigs and Littles. The collage of these bold and brightly colored handprints create a diverse mosaic of color much like the diversity of people that come together year after year. The art piece was purchased for $3,500 through the event auction by Ana and Don Carty and donated back to the local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency. It can now be found in the Houston office.
Event attendees include: Connie and Jonathan Gregory, U.S. Rep. Al Green, City Council members Wanda Adams, Jarvis Johnson and Brenda Stardig, Ana and Don Carty, Darryl King, Elaine Opper and Dr. Miguel Bolio, Grace Olander and Bruce Derrick, Dr. Mark and Mary D, Valerie Palmquist and Tracy Dieterich, Judy and Wayne McConnell, Beverly and Jim Postl, Pam and Neil H. Tofsky, Kim and Jamie House, Bain and John R. Pitts, Ricky Anderson, Ron Hadley, Soraya and Scott McClelland, Suzette and Kirbyjon Caldwell, Sonny and Jodie Jiles, Jared Long, Angela and Albert Myres, Ann and Don Short, Yvonne and Rufus Cormier, Debbie Tyler-Dillard.
Event sponsors include: Cooper Industries, Comcast, BMC Software, HEB, John P. McGovern Foundation, Swift Energy, Smith Graham & Company, Amegy Bank, Newfield Exploration, Waste Management, Bain and John R. Pitts, Texas Capital Bank, Momentum Audi, Wells Fargo Insurance Services, Johnson Bender and Co., Neiman Marcus, JPMorgan Chase, McConnell Jones Lanier and Murphy LLP and Wells Fargo.