Omni Hotel Galleria
Houston, TX 77056
6:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013
Six hundred guests are expected for Big Brothers Big Sisters’ gala at the Omni Hotel with a rare performance by four-time Grammy Award nominated singer Jewel (pictured). A committed supporter of the youth mentoring agency, Jewel will entertain the audience at this year’s Big Black Tie Ball: Points of Light Night. The event honors Neil and Maria Bush. Neil serves as the chairman for the Points of Light organization.“Our thousands of Big Brother and Big Sister mentors are shining examples of America's legacy of service,” said Ron Hadley - Greater Houston President. “We have set aside this illuminating evening to showcase our mentors as Points of Lights in the Houston community. Neil and Maria Bush are champions of volunteerism and believe in our impact of changing young lives for the better, forever.”Following the legacy set by his father - former President George H. W. Bush, Neil and his wife are passionate philanthropists, who have dedicated themselves to serving others in Houston and across the nation. Arty and Mona Howard will serve as the gala chairs. Mona is a physical therapist and Arty is a partner with K&L Gates, an international law firm. The couple is especially happy to be a Big Family to Little Brother Kevin. Arty also serves on the regional board of directors and as a committee chair for Big Brothers Big Sisters.Gala ticket sales, sponsorships and auction items will all go toward Big Brothers Big Sisters’ $1 million Events Fundraising Goal for the year, helping provide mentors for Houston youth. During a live auction, guests will also bid on the Ultimate Ralph Lauren Fashion Week Experience. The winner and a guest will attend the exclusive Fall 2014 Ralph Lauren Collection Runway Show. The prize includes round trip tickets on American Airlines to New York City and a two-night stay at The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel.Eyewitness News Anchor Melanie Lawson will be the Mistress of Ceremonies.Funds will change the lives of children in the Houston community through one-to-one youth mentoring, provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters. For each $500 raised one child can be taken off the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ waiting list.Tickets cost $300 and can be purchased online at bbbstx.org/houstonball.