On Saturday, September 10, City House hosted its annual Gala at the InterContinental Hotel. This year’s title sponsor was Albertson’s and Tom Thumb; and Platinum sponsors AdvoCare, Classic BMW, and Toyota of Plano. Over 850 attendees demonstrated their generous support of City House.
This year our event chairs were former Dallas Stars greats, Brenden Morrow and Marty Turco and their wives, Anne-Marie Morrow and Kelly Turco, and CBS radio, 98.7 KLUV’s, Jody Dean, effortlessly entertained as Master of Ceremonies and as a total surprise to him was honored with the 2016 Invisible Thread Award.
Upon arrival our guests were handed a complimentary Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktail, and many participated in the Tito’s bottle ring toss. The putting green contest had a steady line for those vying for the fewest strokes, and the two Wheels of Fortune spun nonstop with winners walking away with restaurant gift cards and a number of valuable prizes for adults and families.
The silent auction was immense with every possible find imaginable, from mystery bags to exquisite hand-picked jewelry pieces from Jalin Jewelers. Signed memorabilia was hot and included an Adele signed music sheet of Rolling in the Deep, a framed Frank Sinatra, signed by the artist Leroy Neiman, a 55” SONY 4K donated by sponsor, Best Buy, along with nearly 350 items to fit every budget.
The event drew many local sports and media celebrities including former Dallas Cowboys tight end, BJ DuPree, and longtime City House supporter, former Dallas Stars defenseman, and pre-post game analyst, Craig Ludwig. Collin County City officials included Frisco’s Mayor Maso, and Police Chief, Gregory Rushin hosted a table full of Plano’s finest. Health & Wellness Sponsor AdvoCare had twenty guests and hosted Jody Dean, and his daughter Maddie, along with Jay Creswell of CBS.
Fuzi Fine Wines in Plano generously donated a wonderful 2012 Vintage Chardonnay from their own Sonoma, vineyard. Equally as generous Tom Thumb provided a very impressive Cabernet.
City House Executive Director Sheri Messer showed a very moving video that spoke of our mission, and ended with a transition from our Youth Center ribbon cutting where a young resident, Ron Bultongez, performed hallelujah, to Ron singing live on stage where the song had left off. There was not a dry eye in the room, including his.
Our City House appeal for the night was strictly to raise funds for the most needed necessities for our shelter and homes. Clothes, food, paper goods, medical supplies, transportation maintenance and funding for our resident enrichment program.
The live auction truly featured once-in- a lifetime custom experiences created for City House. The most coveted included tickets to the sold-out Adele concert at Madison Square Garden that garnered $16,000. A hotly contested Everlast boxing glove autographed by Mohammad Ali, with a very rare “Thrilla in Manilla” framed photo and ticket, for over $8 grand. Other chart toppers included dinner in the home of Iron Chef Kent Rathbun for eight that brought in $22,000, an incredible Game of Thrones filming site trip to Belfast, Ireland donated by Arts World Travel, collectively brought in $15,000. The most entertaining offering came about when Marty Turco and Brenden Morrow came on stage to auction off the Cowboy Legend Dinner for 12-people at Fleming’s Steakhouse & Wine bar with greats Tony Dorsett, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Drew Pearson and Randy White. They brought DuPree up to help make the pitch and ended up recruiting him for the dinner, too.
The lively bidding ended at $10,000. A small price for what will surely be a big night out.
The Capital Grille’s managing part ner, Greg Cavanagh was in the crowd and he was determined not be out done by Flemings’s chef Herbert, or Chef Rathbun. He incited a bidding frenzy when he spontaneously offered up a private dinner and wine pairing for a large group expertly prepared by their outstanding Chef in either the winner’s home or at the restaurant. It was heated and crazy and it ended up selling a couple times for over $8,000.
The evening entertainment was a Tribute to the Legendary Sounds of Motown, and the band, Motor City Revue delivered on that promise. Motown, hit after hit and it appeared impossible for the people to remain in their seats. The crowd overflowed from the dance floor onto the carpet, and the dancin g went on to the very last song.
From all accounts it was a very successful night for City House. All in all, we love laying out the red carpet for all our incredibly generous supporters and sponsors, and really strive to create a great night out for our supporters and guests and deliver an experience that will have everybody coming next year. To be precise…
Next year’s gala is scheduled for September 9, 2017 and will be moving back to the Embassy Suites and Conference Center. For information on business sponsorships please contact Chey Reynolds, 972-424- 4626.