Awty Gala

It was amazing to see a record-breaking crowd at the 2023 Awty Gala, All Jazzed UpThe evening came alive with the colors and fashion of the roaring 1920s.  From the lovely meal prepared by The Post Oak Hotel to the dancing until 1:00 a.m., it was a night to be remembered.

Gala Co-Chairs Shern Frederick and Doug Overman were the bee's knees for chairing the record-breaking event. Thanks to everyone's efforts, we are incredibly happy to report that we raised more than $625,000 for Awty.

From the volunteers who made the night so special to our many generous donors, our community proved why we are ALL JAZZED UP for Awty! The full list of sponsors and underwriters can be found below.

Thank you all!

Save the date for this year's gala on March 9, 2024! Check back here for more details soon.

Thank you to our 2023 Sponsors & Underwriters


Harlem Renaissance

Jazz Age
Bayou City Dermatology
The Contreras, Boucher, and Katz Families
Mrs. Cathy S. Krendl and Mr. Ergin Aydin and Ms. Margaret Krendl
The Pryor Family

Art Deco
Mr. Joseph Ahmad and Mrs. Hala Ahmad
Ms. Kimberly Ayres
Mr. Shern I. Frederick and Mrs. Katie L. Frederick and
Mr. Douglas P. Overman and Mrs. Veronica A. Overman
Mr. Michael Ho and Mrs. Michelle Ho
Mr. Zishan T. Momin and Mrs. Sana A. Momin

Air Liquide
Uncle Funky’s Daughter and Villalon Callis Pediatric Dentistry


Bootleggers - Couples Sponsorships

Mr. Sacha B. Abinader and Mrs. Alice M. Abinader
Mr. Damian S. Aldridge and
Mrs. JoAnna S. Aldridge
Dr. Raheel Ali and Mrs. Naina Prasla
Dr. Wilson A. Almonte and Dr. Romita Almonte
Mr. Michael Baker and Mrs. Lara Baker
Bella Anesthesia, PLLC
Mr. David Blackstock and Dr. Renee A. Laverdiere
Mr. Lackland H. Bloom and Mrs. Caitlin L. Davis
Mr. Frederick M. Brown and Dr. Catherine Cahill
Dr. Shonté M. Byrd
Mr. Mauricio Camargo and Dr. Dina Winograd
Mr. Michael A. Carrasco and
Ms. Ingrid V. Graves-Carrasco
Mr. Joseph Chadraoui and Mrs. Randa Chadraoui
Fred and Anna Charlton
Mr. Jason Cox and Mrs. Stephanie Cox
Mr. Christopher Cunningham and
Mrs. Kimberly L. Cunningham
Dredgit Corporation
Mr. Jianqui Fang and Mrs. Ke Sun
Mr. Justin T. Fojtik and Dr. Krystal R. Batchelor
Dr. Etai Funk and Mrs. Laura Funk
Mr. John J. Galvan and Dr. Nhu Thao N. Galvan
Mr. Joseph C. Gatto, Jr. and Mrs. Johanne Gatto
Germaine Champion State Farm
Mr. Leonard D. Grove and Ms. Alena Grove Vilisova
Mr. Damon Hearn and Dr. Candice Burnette
Mr. Kashif Hirani and Mrs. Heena Hirani
HTX Urology
Mr. Dave Jacobs and Ms. Kristine S. Adrales
Dr. Rizwan Jaffer and Dr. Farah Nasser
Mr. Chermon James and Ms. Natara Williams
Ms. Christine Kirchner and Mr. Ken Stanley
Mr. Roshan Koneru and Mrs. Aparna T. Koneru

Mr. Brian Ligertwood and Mrs. Melana Ligertwood
Robert and Ashley MacAskie
Dr. Sebastien F. Matringe and
Mrs. Gabrielle M. Matringe
Mr. Alexander R. McIntosh and Mrs. Yuchen Deng
Mr. Barrett A. McNabb and
Mrs. Kimberly M. McNabb
Mr. Matthew Melton and Mrs. Maya Melton
Mr. Malik Merchant and Mrs. Zara Merchant
Mr. Shawn Mussulman and
Mrs. Gwenny Mussulman
Oaks Point Pediatric Dentistry
Mr. Ose Okojie and Mrs. Cynthia Okojie
Mr. Sunil Parmar and Mrs. Monal Parmar
Mr. Shalin Patel and Mrs. Rupali Patel
Dr. Darnell D. Pettway and Dr. Sharon K. Pettway
Mr. Blake Pratz and Mrs. Brittany A. Norwood-Pratz
Mr. Anthony Riley and Mrs. Tonicia Riley
Mr. Christopher J. Riley and Mrs. Darcy D. Riley
Mr. Johny Rizk and Mrs. Liliane Haddad
Mr. Romain J. Rouaud and Mrs. Clio C. Crespy
Mr. Zain Sayed and Dr. Shiau H. Chin
Dr. Timothy J. Seipel and Dr. Catherine P. Seipel
Mr. Brett Sweeney and Mrs. Elizabeth Sweeney
Mr. Hasting Stewart, Jr. and
Mrs. Jacqueline R. Stewart
Dr. Mark A. Sweigart and
Mrs. Elizabeth A. Sweigart
Mr. Zaheed A. Umatiya and Mrs. Salima Umatiya
Mr. Jose F. Uzcategui and Mrs. Evelyn Uzcategui
Mr. Charles Van Dyke and Mrs. Meredith Van Dyke
Dr. Ajay Vargheese and Dr. Melissa S. Thomas
Mr. James Williams and Mrs. Maru Williams
Dr. Firas Zebian and Mrs. Allison K. Zebian


Table Decor, Red Wine, White Wine
Demotik Commercial Construction

Room Decor
Aramco Americas

Online Auction

Mr. Mike He and Mrs. Cindy Wang

Dredgit Corporation

Special Entertainment
Ms. Christine Kirchner and Mr. Ken Stanley

Table Host Gifts
Mr. Seraj Khemani and Ms. Sophia Khemani

1920s Dancers
Mr. Sivanand Nidamarthy and
Mrs. Suneeta V. Nidamarthy

Video Production
Dr. Ajay Vargheese and Dr. Melissa S. Thomas

Signature Cocktail
Mr. Luca Zanotti and Mrs. Stefania Lubner

Reception Music
Artavi Med Spa

Dance Floor
Dr. Shonté M. Byrd

Auction Ringmen
Dr. Etai Funk and Mrs. Laura Funk

Mr. Yong Zhu and Mrs. Xiaoyu Xiang

Photo Booth
Dr. Shervin Assassi and Dr. Azadeh Motekallem

Dr. Timothy J. Seipel and Dr. Catherine P. Seipel