The Law Firm of Gregg Harrison had an unbelievable blast supporting Houston Children’s Charity. Socialites, sports legends, legal powerhouses, and Houston’s business elite, flocked to the inaugural gala at the flawless (and jaw-dropping) Post Oak Hotel owned and operated by Landry’s Inc. for the Houston Children’s Charity 21rst Annual Gala. Houston charity ‘Fireball’ Laura Ward (CEO, President & Executive Director of Houston Children’s Charity) along with Owner/chairman of Landry’s Inc., Tillman Fertitta, (who also happens to be the Chairman of the Board of Houston Children’s Charity and this events ‘Diamond Sponsor’) made sure this event was impeccable as well as unforgettable. Rolls Royce after Rolls Royce pulled into the spanking new circular driveway of The Post Oak unloading 750 best dressed Houstonians. Guests entered the gleaming reception lobby to grab the signature cocktail of the night – a mojito with cucumber sake — a ‘Spa-Jito’! Not only was Tillman Fertitta greeting and mingling with the fired-up crowd – he was making sure his new Hotel was running like a well-oiled machine. The evening went off without a hitch. Once the guests finished schmoozing and cocktailing, they entered the ultra glamourous ballroom where multi-color laser beams shot overhead. Richards Flowers draped the tables with towering 4 FOOT calla-lily arrangements and sparkling linens to match the custom designed carpet. Co-chairs of this event, Leticia & Stephen Trauber, took to the stage to welcome everyone and to honor global philanthropists Penny and Paul Loyd, Jr. for their endless good will. Major underwriters Richard and Jana Fant were also recognized and were given a surprise announcement as the 2019 Honorees.
Guests sat down to dinner and were served a delectable chopped salad which was the custom creation of Laura Ward. Then the extraordinary happened —- 745 piping hot ‘surf and turf’ plates of culinary perfection were served out of the cutting-edge catering kitchen in 13 minutes! After consulting with the top wine sommeliers at Landry’s Inc, charity workhorses Laura Ward and Tillman Fertitta decided to serve the best of the best – Rombauer Chardonnay and Mount Veeder Cabernet poured at every table. To top it all off – 24k edible gold dust was drizzled on top of a chocolate cherry mousse cake.
Paddles were up in full force during the exciting ‘big board’ and live auctions. Once in a lifetime auction items were being fought over with fast arms and fat wallets! Tillman and Paige Fertitta donated a “Rockets Experience” where a donor could travel with The Houston Rockets (plane included) for a whole weekend during a season away game. Another auction item was a brand new 2018 BMW M5 (donated by Momentum BMW) with a trip to Germany to tour the BMW factory. The MSRP of this luxury auto was a whopping $102,600 with a starting bid at a mere $75,000. The frantic bidding didn’t stop at $190,000 or even $200,000. The winning bid for this ‘BMW Experience’ went to Tony Buzbee who beat out other donors at a final price of $210,000! Other generous donors of the night were: Rob and Amy Pierce who won (a last minute added) celebrity chef experience dinner for 12 –– and Trini Mendenhall outbid everyone for a gorgeous custom-made painting by Jeff Hanson Artist.
As the dinner finished – the crowd started to move towards the elaborate stage with cell phones and cameras in hand. The lights went down, the drums thundered thru the room, the interactive video screen came up …and the one and only PITBULL — AKA Mr. Worldwide, jumped on stage and took over. PITBULL rocked the glitzy crowd while also taking time to talk about how his life was transformed by people that believed in him as a child and teenager; he spoke from the heart about why he gives back to childrens charities around the world. Pitbull and his sexy female dancers shook the ballroom with hit after hit —- must dance hits such as – “Fireball” – “Give me Everything” – “Timber” – “I Know You Want me” ! After his last song ended – confetti canons shot throughout the crowd like it was New Years Eve!
After the concert, PITBULL took late night photos with confetti covered top donors and sponsors. As mega-philanthropists Sue and Lester Smith were taking their photo – someone from the line yelled “Hey Lester — are You and PITBULL twin brothers?”
The evening brought in a whopping $2,300,000 for Houston children’s charity!
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