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11/03/10 Heritage Award Dinner

The 2010 Heritage Award Dinner on November 3rd honored Mike and Cindy Gatewood for their dedication to our children, and featured comedian Frank Caliendo as our entertainer! 

Mike has served on our board since 2002, including an extended term as Chair of the Board, and he and Cindy have gone above and beyond for our Home.  It was a privilege to honor them at the Heritage Award Dinner!

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Leticia Trauber (right), Chair of the Heritage Award Dinner Committee, with honorees Cindy and Mike Gatewood


Thanks to our generous underwriters and over 900 guests...who attended the event, made personal pledges of support that evening, and bid in the live and big board auctions...the event was a huge success in raising funds toward the care of our children!  Thank you to all who made this spectacular night possible!  (See below for a list of underwriters.)

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Close to 1,000 guests filled the ballroom at the Hilton Americas...and filled the pledge bowl!


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The Heritage Singers started off the evening with a musical tribute to Mike and Cindy! 

Mike, who is well known for doing "whatever it takes" for our children, underwent a little good-hearted teasing about how far he'll go for our kids!  Part of the song, to the tune of "Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown", went:

"He’s bad, bad Mike Gatewood
Get out of his way when he’s doing good.
Better hide when he’s raising funds
He’ll auction off your wife’s diamonds!"

Thanks for being a good sport, Mike...and for always "doing good" for us!



Alexandra shared the story of how living at Boys and Girls Country changed her life...and brought the ballroom to its feet!


Harley gave our invocation:

"Thank you for this day.  Thank you for all these sponsors and thank you for the Gatewoods.  They help Boys and Girls Country be a good home for me.  Thank you for our food.  Make it good for our bodies.  Make tonight a good night.  Help everyone be safe.  Amen!"



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Instead of flowers, the centerpieces on each table consisted of baking items for our kids to use all year long! 

We are grateful to all of our friends  who donated the centerpiece items, including Cypress Creek Christian Church, the Found Class at Second Baptist Church, The Met Church, St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, and the West Houston Chapter of the National Charity League.  Ashley Grimmer of the Found Class also gathered baking items through her daughter's birthday party, asking guests to bring an item with them!



Thank you to our generous 2010 Heritage Award Dinner underwriters!

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Gatewood Family Foundation
A Friend of Boys and Girls Country

Penny and Paul Loyd
Citigroup/Leticia and Steve Trauber

Patrick and Katrin Casserly
Kelly Gene Cook, Sr. Charitable Foundation
Rodney and NaDean Eads
El Paso Corporation/J. R. and Susan Sult
Bob and Helen Howard/Jack and Carolyn Little
Taylor and Paige Kelly
National Oilwell Varco
Pride International
Mark and Nancy Rovenstine
Seahawk Drilling
Chuck and Rita Scianna/Sim-Tex, L.P.
Nathan and Kristen Stedham
Leticia and Steve Trauber
Joe and Elma Vaughan
Woodforest National Bank

The Bowers Foundation
The Kirk Edwards Foundation/The Sullivan Family
Ernst & Young LLP
FMC Technologies
Loyd Family Foundation
Marathon Oil Corporation
Noble Corporation
Larry and Brenda Petru Family
Trenegy Incorporated

Apache Corporation
Barclays Capital
Credit Suisse
Devon Energy Corporation
A Friend of Boys and Girls Country
Scott and Katherine Galloway
Grant Thornton LLP
Randy and Tracy Hale/CCS Presentation Systems
HTK Consultants, Inc.
Paul Johnson/Paul Carter Jewels
Latham & Watkins LLP
Light Charitable Trust/Susan Lawhon
Mr. and Mrs. Michael M. Lowther
McDermott International, Inc.
Morgan Stanley/Brian and Elisabeth McCabe
RBC Capital Markets
Karen and Frank Rosales
Rowan Companies, Inc.
Dick Scott
Southwestern Energy
Randy and Sandy Stilley
Cynthia and Mac Walker
Michael Wasserman, David Greenberg, Ken Mathis, and Robbie Segler
Scott and Loraine Wegmann
Wells Fargo Bank
John L. Wortham & Son, L.P.

Leslie Alexander and The Houston Rockets
AmerCable, Incorporated
Andrews Kurth LLP
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
The Brock Group
George and LuAnn Damiris
Ryan and Keri DesAutels
Ronnie and Lynn Deyo
ENGlobal Corporation
Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.
Goldman Sachs
Smith & Christine Howland/Nisseki Chemical
IBC Bank/Craig and Elizabeth Bunk
Key Energy
Herb and Cheryl Listen
Lockton Marine & Energy
Sheila Lyon Interiors
Methodist Willowbrook Hospital
Midway Foundation
Mirand Response Systems
Neos Marketing, LP
New Directions
Oceaneering International, Inc.
Greg and Cynthia Pappas
Patterson & Sheridan, LLP
Elaine and Dick Petranek/Carolyn and Steve Mafrige
Pinnacle Financial Strategies Foundation
RigNet, Inc.
Matthew and Elizabeth Rotan
The Roten Family
Rottet Studio, Debner & Company and Harvey Builders
Mike Rutledge/Locke Lord Bissell Liddell LLP
Fayez Sarofim & Co.
SCF Partners
Simmons & Co.
Tidewater, Inc.
Jim and Leigh Tomforde
TransCanada Corporation
USA Compression Partners, LLC
Vaughan Nelson Investment Management
Walter Oil & Gas Corporation
Pete and Marilyn Wardenburg
Richard L. Wynne/Porter & Hedges, L.L.P.

J. Murry Bowden
Cytex Plastics
James B. and Wendy K. Fryfogle
Phil and Sara Hawk
Randy and Carol Limbacher
McGriff, Seibels & Williams, Inc.
Gary R. Petersen
Tommy and Isla Reckling
Mrs. T. A. Robinson, Jr.
Scurlock Foundation
Taste of Texas Restaurant

Special Thanks To:
Neos Marketing
Texas Business Theatre 

For more information about the event, check out the Heritage Gala website!

If you have questions about our Heritage Award Dinner, or are interested in being a part the 2011 dinner, please contact Elaine Petranek at 281-351-4976 extension 219 or at elaine.petranek@boysandgirlscountry.org.


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