Awty Gala

What an incredible night we had at the 2024 Awty Gala, Cirque de la Nuit! The record-breaking attendance under the big top showcased the unwavering support of our community, all dressed in their finest, ready to contribute to the success of our fantastic school. The evening was enchanting, filled with the mystique of cirque performers, a delightful meal from The Post Oak Hotel, and dancing that lasted until 1:00 a.m. It truly was a magical experience.

Heartfelt thanks go to our outstanding ringmasters, Gala Co-Chairs Laura Funk and Allison Zebian, whose tireless efforts made the evening possible.We are thrilled to announce that, thanks to everyone's dedication, we surpassed expectations by raising over $700,000 for Awty... and the count continues!

A big thank you to all who contributed auction items and participated in both our online and live auctions. The online auction set a new record, raising over $170,000, while the live auction on Saturday night brought in an impressive $140,000. A special acknowledgment goes to those who supported our educators through Paddles Up for professional development. Your collective efforts made it a night to remember, and we are extremely grateful for everyone's involvement.

To the volunteers who added the extra touch of magic to the night and to our many generous donors, thanks for STEPPING RIGHT UP for Awty!


Les Etoiles

La Lune

Les Pompiers

Les Acrobates
Mr. C. Robert Bunch and Ms. Lilia D. Khakimova
The Contreras-Kuo, Katz, and Boucher Families
Ms. Peggy Krendl and Mr. Ergin Aydin and Mrs. Cathy Krendl
The Pryor Family

Les Cerceaux
Mr. Vikie Agrawal and Mrs. Chrisha Agrawal
Mr. Joseph Ahmad and Mrs. Hala Ahmad
Demotik Commercial Construction
Dr. Etai Funk and Mrs. Laura Funk and Dr. Firas Zebian and Mrs. Allison K. Zebian
Mr. Zishan Momin and Mrs. Sana Momin
Dr. Milton Morris and Mrs. Renee Morris

Les Funambules
Air Liquide
Mr. Michael J. Blankenship and Mrs. Masha Blankenship
Mr. Daniel Carter and Mrs. Giovanna Carter
LIPP Schools
MasRam Mechanical, LP
Mr. Doug Overman and Mrs. Veronica Overman


Les Danseurs - Couples Sponsorships

Mr. Sacha B. Abinader and Mrs. Alice M. Abinader
JoAnna and Seth Aldridge - The Aldridge Group
Dr. Wilson Almonte and Dr. Romita Almonte
Artavi Med Spa
Ms. Kimberly Ayres
Mike Baker and Lara Baker, PNC Private Bank
Mr. Frederick M. Brown, III 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. Jonathan Castelan and Mrs. Virginia Castelan
Dr. Anish N. Chavda and Mrs. Shilpi J. Chavda
Mr. Aman Dhuka and Mrs. Faizmeen Dhuka
Dr. Samih Elchahal and Mrs. Mona Elchahal
Mr. Abdel Adam Elkhadiri and Ms. Firdaous ElMeriague
Endodontics Houston (Bunker Hill) 
Mr. Justin Fojtik and Dr. Krystal Batchelor
Mr. Shern I. Frederick and Mrs. Katie L. Frederick
Ms. Helena Fyda
Mr. John J. Galvan and Dr. Nhu Thao N. Galvan
Mr. Leonard D. Grove and Ms. Alena Grove Vilisova
Mr. Joseph Hajj and Mrs. Maria Khoury
Mr. Damon Hearn and Dr. Candice Burnette
Mr. Kashif Hirani and Mrs. Heena Hirani
Mr. Volkan Irgit and Mrs. Islara R. Irgit
Mr. Dave Jacobs and Ms. Kristine S. Adrales
Mr. Chermon James and Ms. Natara Williams

Mr. Michael Kelso and Ms. Jackie Kelso
Ms. Christine Kirchner and Mr. Ken Stanley
Mr. Roshan Koneru and Mrs. Aparna T. Koneru
Mr. Henry Liu and Ms. Celia Zhang
Dr. Vishal T. Maharaj and Ms. Melissa S. Chadee
Dr. Sebastien F. Matringe and Mrs. Gabrielle M. Matringe
Mr. Malik Merchant and Mrs. Zara Merchant
Moral Learning Operations
Mr. Shawn Mussulman and Mrs. Gwenny Mussulman
Mr. Soham Naik and Dr. Reena Vashi
Dr. Andrew R. Palisch and Ms. Alexandra R. Flaherty
Mr. Sunil Parmar and Mrs. Monal Parmar
Mr. Christopher Riley and Mrs. Darcy Riley
Mr. Nelson Rios and Ms. Chau Phi
Mr. Hector Rocha and Ms. Maria Serrano
Mr. Romain Rouaud and Mrs. Clio Crespy
Dr. Frank J. Ruda and Dr. Michelle T. Ruda
Mr. Raafat Saad and Mrs. Reema Saad
Mr. Alfredo Salvo Dominguez and Mrs. Alice S. Hickey
Mr. Zain Sayed and Dr. Shiau Chin
Mr. Christopher Scott and Mrs. Sarah Nielsen
Mr. Brett Sweeney and Mrs. Elizabeth Sweeney
Mr. Steven Tang and Mrs. Stella Tang
M. Vincent Trapet and Mrs. Naimar Chavez de Trapet
Mr. Thomas Turner and Mrs. Kathleen Turner
Mr. Charles Van Dyke and Mrs. Meredith Van Dyke
Mr. Kevin Xu and Mrs. Amy Xu


Mr. Mike He and Mrs. Cindy Wang

Red Wine
Ms. Christine Kirchner and Mr. Ken Stanley

Specialty Cocktail
Anna and Fred Charlton

Table Host Gifts
Mr. Jianqiu Fang and Mrs. Ke Sun

Mr. Joseph C. Gatto, Jr. and Mrs. Johanne Beaulieu Gatto

Maison Property Management

Video Production
Dr. Shonté M. Byrd

Fire Performers
Mr. John J. Galvan and Dr. Nhu Thao N. Galvan

Auction Ringmen
Mr. Joseph Ahmad and Mrs. Hala Ahmad

Cadence Insurance A Gallagher Company

Dance Floor
Oaks Point Pediatric Dentistry

Mr. Steven Tang and Mrs. Stella Tang

Photo Booth
Mr. Yong Zhu and Ms. Xiaoyu Xiang

Additional support provided by:

Mr. David Blackstock and Dr. Renee A. Laverdiere
Mr. Jason Cox and Mrs. Stephanie Cox
Dr. Shola Olorunnipa and Ms. Yewande Fapohunda