February 11, 2019 - Spanish Serenade Gala
When: Saturday, February 9, 2019
Beneficiary: Texas Center for the Missing
Honoree(s): Gabriel Lester Hero Award Recipients Wendy and Michael Frailey
Blacktie Photos by: Anthony Valentine
Desiree Urrutia, Tony Urrutia, Ben Graham, and Lindsey Maniz
Texas Center for the Missing was formed in March of 2000 after the disappearance of 17-year-old Gabriel Lester who was reported missing from his private high school. Gabriel’s mother, a Houston-area businesswoman, decided after his remains were located four months later to turn her tragedy into a positive effort that would have an impact on missing children and their families in Greater Houston. Texas Center for the Missing provides a range of education, safety, and emergency programs to the Houston-Galveston Region, and is the sole provider of the invaluable Amber Alert System in the region.
There could not be a better way to spend a night of fundraising than listening to authentic Spanish guitar in the Historic Parador, and The Texas Center for the Missing's Spanish Serenade Gala was a fundraising event remember as always. The gala is a wonderful way for Houston's professionals and socialites to enjoy cocktails, dinner, and big board and live auctions all while supporting an incredible cause that helped 151 families reunite in 2017. Private donations are the only source of funding for TCM's Houston Amber Alert System, so events like the Spanish Serenade Gala are essential to ensure Texas Center for the Missing can stand ready to provide this life-saving program.