Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Houston (BBBS) hosted its annual gala on Saturday, November 13, An Evening for Potential and Electric After Party, on Saturday, November 13, at their state-of-the-art building washed in green lighting and decor for the special evening devoted to defending the potential of Houston’s youth.
Guests arriving at An Evening for Potential were treated to classical music played by student-pianists from the One A'Chord Music School. Trays of hors d'oeuvres and LVE sparkling rose wine by John Legend were passed as guests mingled and viewed the silent auction. The silent auction, chaired by Gaynell Floyd-Drexler and Ernestine Pina Sandoval, raised over $60,000 and included luxury getaways, sports memorabilia, exclusive shopping, dining experiences, jewelry, and more.
After the cocktail reception, guests made their way to the Bridget and Bashar Kalai event space on the top floor, where Derrick Shore of KPRC welcomed them as they got a perfect view of the downtown Houston skyline that was lit up green to support BBBS. Guests enjoyed a savory 3-course filet mignon dinner from Berg Hospitality Group, wines from One Hope winery, after-dinner beverages by Zeal Rum founded by local entrepreneur Amber Ferrell-Steel and live entertainment.
With over 250 people in attendance, An Evening for Potential, chaired by Katie & Scott Arnoldy, President, and CEO of Triten Real Estate Partners, and honorees Rishma & Akbar Mohamed were recognized for their incredible contributions and commitment to the youth in our community. Rose-Ann Aragon from KPRC Channel 2 emceed the evening with a personality as big as the room. Rose-Ann was asked who mentored you, and she responded quickly with, "Khambrel Marshall mentored me and advised me that if you are a part of the City, you must give back to the City."
After the gala, guests were invited back downstairs for the transformation of the Electric After Party with an open bar, late-night bites from B.B. Lemon, and entertainment by DJ Dame Hype. Guests also enjoyed receiving magical balloon creations, face painting, a 360-photo booth, disco ball dancers, fire performances, and a saxophonist in the jazz lounge. There was also a disco photo booth room dedicated to honoring last year's virtual gala, Groovin' Together, for 70 years.
The full-scale production ambiance included multiple LED walls, crisp & pristine audio, exquisite lighting that enhanced the building's unique architectural design, all produced by Southern Sound & Lighting, owned by Terry Gobert and recognized as one of the top event production companies in the Southwest Region of the United States.
An Evening for Potential and Electric After Party was a record-breaking fundraiser, auction, and gala, raising over half a million dollars. All funds will go directly toward supporting over 2,000 youth Big Brothers Big Sisters serves across Greater Houston. The planning and execution of this mesmerizing evening was a coordinated effort by the event chairs and BBBS executive staff, including Roz Moore, Alex Dailey, Michelle Bowman, and countless other staff members and volunteers.
Premier Sponsors: Prime, Triten Real Estate Partners, HEB, Phillips 66, Andrew Delaney Foundation, CB&A Realtors, Hines, Forum VIII, AIG, Trecora, Berg Hospitality Group, E&Y, John P. McGovern Foundation, Comcast, Constellation, Citgo, Cadence Bank, Doorvest, Mary Murry, Amegy Bank of Texas, Tracy and Valerie Dieterich, Darrell and Michelle Morris, and several more.