From the Houston Chronicle’s Amber Elliott:
As Houston Children’s Charity’s founding chairman, Tilman Fertitta was a shoo-in for the organization’s 20th anniversary “Man of the Year” award.
On Saturday, in celebration of two decades of serving underprivileged youth, 705 black-tie supporters packed into the Hyatt Regency hotel downtown and ultimately raised $1.76 million for the cause. The live auction, helmed by Gallery’s Vikki Vines, alone brought in $426,000 within a 30-minute window.
The non-profit’s founding executive director, Laura Ward, booked a big-name performer to match the occasion: Foreigner.
“We wanted to change the direction. We had never put rock ‘n roll onstage before,” she said. “It was overwhelmingly well-received. The dance floor was packed from the first 10 minutes through the end of the 75-minute set.”
Her husband, KTRK-13 news anchor Dave Ward, presided over the celebration. Honorary chair and Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa offered poignant remarks on HCC’s “A Better Night’s Sleep” program, which provides beds to disadvantaged children. Every time the 2015 Rookie of the Year scores a hit, “A Better Night’s Sleep” scores individual donations up to $20 through pre-committed pledges and sponsorships.