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An Evening with Michael McDonald Benefiting CHILDREN AT RISK
 

Michael McDonald and CHILDREN AT RISK
Had Them Dancing in the Aisles
to STOP the Trafficking and Exploitation of Children

Benefit Gala & Concert, March 26, 2011, Verizon Wireless Theater

“Co-Chairs Dr. Carolyn Farb, hc and Mary Jane Fortin raise $375,000 for the non-profit CHILDREN AT RISK

“Co-Chairs Dr. Carolyn Farb, hc and Mary Jane Fortin raise $375,000 for the non-profit CHILDREN AT RISK
to stop child trafficking in Texas.”

Rick Clary, Co-Chair Mary Jane Fortin (President & CEO, American General Life Companies), Kinky Friedman,
Co-Chair Dr. Carolyn Farb, hc and Charles White

Photo by: Pete Baatz

 

HOUSTON – On March 26, 2011, the sounds of one of the most recognized voices in the world, Michael McDonald, rang through the Verizon Wireless Theater. Michael McDonald put on a magical performance with oldies like “Takin’ It To the Streets” from his days as a Doobie Brother and other Motown Favorites. McDonald’s appeal is to all generations. Over 1,000 people were in tune to this 5-time Grammy Award winning legend.  During his performance, Gala attendees could not help but rush to the stage to dance to McDonald’s smooth sounds.

An Evening with Michael McDonald benefited CHILDREN AT RISK and their programs and policies to stop child trafficking. With Judge Eric Andell at the helm of the Big Board, the excitement in the air was high. There were dinners at Fleming’s, Americas, Luncheon at Mo’s…A Place for Steaks, Kristine Mills in Concert at your home, a Birthday Girl’s Wish at the Mariposa at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue Lunch and Makeovers, and Sports Packages from the Astros and Texans.

Dr. Carolyn Farb, hc, and Mary Jane Fortin, President & CEO American General Life Companies, co-chaired the most successful Gala to date raising a record $375,000. The event was sold out before the invitations were dropped in the mail.   

“The Verizon was aglow with the incredible energy of this all embracing crowd who literally stood up to stop child trafficking,” said Dr. Carolyn Farb, hc. “Trafficking is a real problem in our city. A child is trafficked somewhere in the world every two minutes. One out of every three children who runs away from home becomes a victim within 48 hours.”

Stunning Dominique Sachse, Emmy Award Winning KPRC Local 2 news anchor and reporter, was the emcee, along with Frank Billingsley, Chief Meteorologist for KPRC Local 2, who masterfully handled the Live Auction. The exciting Live Auction was filled with trips—Board Chair David Roylance and his wife Deborah bought the trip to Australia with transportation by United Airlines. The Las Vegas package for four to the Golden Nugget, donated by Paige and Tilman Fertitta, provided all types of perks including mad money, limo, dinners, and entertainment. A special home in Park City was a great retreat for The Bank of River Oaks President, Mark Troth. Dinner at Tony’s is always divine and the beautiful Australian baroque pearl necklace and earrings by
Marie Myers-Bruns went back to Dallas with Pamela and
Ignacio Martin-Duarte.

Guests dined on an exquisite menu prepared by Michael Cordúa topped off by the famous Tres Leches that all other tres leches are measured by. Pecan florentine dark chocolate provided by chocolatier Valerie Gamble at Expressions Fine Chocolates was a treat for all to take home. In the crowd was Mary Jane Fortin and husband Rick Clary, Exxon Mobil’s Bill and Deborah Colton, Jan Duncan with friends Becky and Bubba Cooke, Senator Leticia Van de Putte and husband Pete, Author and Musician Kinky Friedman, El Paso’s Bob Baker and wife Kathy, Lily and Charles Foster, Carolyn and Jimmy Robertson, Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia, U.S. Trust’s Mark Benson and wife Sara, Momentum Jaguar’s Jimmy Olguin and wife Susan, Vivian and Ben Dugger, Janet and Bob Zincke, Claudia and Roberto Contreras, ACS, A Xerox Company’s Paul Wolf and wife Caren, and Kelli Kickerillo and Todd Forrester.

The Public Policy and Law Center at CHILDREN AT RISK has created The Center to End Trafficking and Exploitation of Children, a multi-disciplinary, action-based institute that works to generate solutions to the human trafficking crisis through policy, advocacy, education, and collaborate programs. In the last legislative session, two bills encompassing 10 human trafficking issues were passed.  
 

For more information, please contact Laura Nelson, Assistant Director of Development and Communications at 713.869.7740 or lnelson@childrenatrisk.org .

 

Joyce Brooks

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