This Week in Houston’s Buzz: UNCF 30th Anniversary Gala and More!

UNCF 30th Anniversary Gala

                        Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner Giving Remarks

On Saturday, November 17, 2018, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) “A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste” held its 30th Anniversary Gala at the Hilton Americas on 1600 Lamar Street, Houston, Texas starting at 6:00 p.m. Reception sponsored by Shell Oil Company, and 7:00 p.m. Program and Dinner where the Master of Ceremony was Khambrel Marshall (KPRC Local 2). The Honorary Chairs were Chris and Divya Brown, James and Marla Davis, and the Gala Chair was Shawntell McWilliams. The entertainment was presented by Morris Day and The Time. UNCF celebrates 75 years in their mission of financially supporting thousands of Houston’s minority students. In Houston, thanks to your generosity and support, more than $790,000 was awarded in scholarship support. Funds from their fundraising activities help students continue their college education and go to and through college.

This year a new award was created “Keepers of the Flame,” and the first recipient of this award is H-E-B. Also, many thanks go to 30th Anniversary reception sponsor Shell Oil Company, Baker Botts LLP, Brentwood Baptist Church, Comcast, Sysco Corporation, Macy’s, Melanie Gray and Mark Wawro, Diana and Elijah White and the Windsor Village Church Family.

Honorees: Keepers of the Flame Corporate Honoree


Presenter: Cha’Mira Kenner, Esq., Wiley Graduate and UNCF Scholar

John and Drucie Chase Young Builders Honoree

Dr. Nicole McZeal Walters, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, School of Education, University of St. Thomas

Presenter: Angelica Webster, CEO, Colors of Love and Spelman Graduate

Excellence in Education Honoree

Neil and Maria Bush, Philanthropist and Education Advocates

Presenter: Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D., President and CEO, UNCF

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                         Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D., President and CEO, UNCF

                                Mr. Rufus Cormier & Dr. Yvonne Cormier

                      Dr. Nicole McZeal Walters, Honoree & Chris Walters

City of Houston Controller Chris Brown and Divya Brown, Gala Honorary Chair

                                          Keith and Shawntell McWilliams

Neil Bush, Doug and Winell Herron


Fifty Years By Faith

Bishop James Dixon, Master of Ceremony, Dr. Gusta Booker, and Sylvester Turner, Mayor City of Houston

A Glorious Celebration of Past & Future

On Saturday, November 17, 2018, Greater St. Matthew Church held a glorious celebration of past and future for Dr. Gusta Booker Pastor of Greater St. Matthew Church at the Hotel Americas at 7:00 p.m. Honorary Chairpersons: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner │ Honorable Bill White │ Tony B. Smith, and Dr. William Lawson, Pastor Emeritus, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church; Tribute to Dr. Theola Booker – Message in the Music; Video Introduction: Dear God – “Alpha & Omega,” His Grace│”Flowers Don’t Pick Themselves”│So Grateful – “Ministry with Purpose” │and “A Great Work!” Invocation presented by Dr. Leonard L. Favorite; Introduction of Speaker Dr. Stephen J. Thurston, Pastor, New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church; Keynote Speaker Dr. Samuel C. Tolbert, Jr. President, National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee also gave remarks and presented a certificate of recognition to Dr. Gusta Booker and congratulated him on his 50 years of service and leadership to the Houston community.

                                    Dr. Brenda Meloncon & Alex Meloncon


Twelve Days of Christmas, Inc.’s Legacy Tea: “Brewing Infinite Possibilities”


On Sunday, November 18, 2018 a Legacy Tea: “Brewing Infinite Possibilities” was held by the Twelve Days of Christmas, Inc. at the Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston, Texas. The reception was at 2:30 p.m. and Tea began at 3:00 p.m. Honorary Chairs, Dr. Yvonne Cormier and Claire Cormier Thielke presented a 2018 Chic Children For A Cause Legacy Tea “Brewing Infinite Possibilities,” and 2018 Legacy Awards. The Distinguished Speaker was Dr. Rhea Lawson (Executive Director, Houston Public Library), and Benefiting Reaching for Empowerment, Achievement and Discovery (R.E.A.D.).

“Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader” by Margaret Fuller

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