Touchdown for TEACH Drafts Gridiron Great Drew Brees!

May 18, 2021

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
6 p.m.

Steve Kerr

Featuring Special Guest Drew Brees

New Orleans Saints Quarterback, NFL Champion and 2009 Super Bowl MVP

Thank You for Supporting Touchdown for TEACH.

See the photo replay here!


The Stats:

Date/Time: Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 6 p.m.
Location: River Oaks Country Club

2021 Co-Chairs:

Soraya & Scott McClelland
Carol & Mike Linn

2021 Honorees:

The Champagne Cowgirls


A sold-out crowd and a special appearance by NFL champion Drew Brees at the ninth annual Touchdown for TEACH fundraising gala on Nov. 9 helped raise $1.2 million for TEACH’s mission to educate all children.

More than 400 guests attended the event, held in the River Oaks Country Club ballroom, and relished the opportunity to be together in person again following last year’s virtual gala. Because the event was generously underwritten by donor Fayez Sarofim, all funds raised will directly support TEACH’s mission to help advance public education by helping create equitable, engaging classrooms for all students.

Special guest Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints Quarterback and 2009 Super Bowl MVP, was interviewed by H-E-B President Scott McClelland, event emcee and co-chair, and reflected on his legendary football career, recent retirement and the important role that education and mentorship have played in his life.

This year’s event honorees, The Champagne Cowgirls, were recognized for their notable contributions to education through the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Junior Market Steer Auction. Additionally, Touchdown for TEACH co-chairs Carol and Mike Linn and Soraya and Scott McClelland were honored by TEACH co-founder Susan Sarofim for their longstanding dedication to the annual fundraiser, of which they’ve served as co-chairs for nine and four years, respectively. 

In the 2020-2021 school year, TEACH reached more than 12,000 students through its work with more than 1,000 educators across nearly two dozen Houston-area schools. Save the date for next year’s gala, Nov. 15, 2022, when TEACH gala will honor RodeoHouston at Grand Champions for TEACH.

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Honorees, The Champagne Cowgirls


Thank You To Our Sponsors

NFL Champion

Astros Foundation
Susan and Fayez Sarofim
Hallie Vanderhider

Super Bowl MVP

Houston Texans/
The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation
Dr. Sippi and Ajay Khurana
Mrs. Meredith Long
Madison Charitable Foundation
Whalley Foundation
Margaret Alkek Williams/Randa and Charles Williams
W&T Offshore Inc.​


Alvin Abraham and Nick Nagurski
Sandy Barrett
Debra Clark
Bruce W. Derrick
Alexandra Elizondo and Luis Elizondo-Thomson
Peggie Kohnert and Richard Yount
Carol and Mike Linn
Memorial Hermann
Nancy and Richard Munguia
Sondra and Steve Myers
Rose and Kenneth Senegal
Mia and David Sprague/RSM
Karen and Chuck Stall
Ward & Ames Special Events
Gaye Lynn and Stuart Zarrow

Field Goal

Baker Botts L.L.P.
Lesha and Tom Elsenbrook
Sidney Faust
Charles Jenness/Keith and Alice Mosing
Mark Monroe
Denise Monteleone/Ellie and Michael Francisco/Kelley Lubanko/Julie and Stephen Chen
Bobbie Nau
Gary R. Petersen
Elizabeth and Alan Stein/Shelley Reeves/DeeDee and Wallis Marsh/Kelli Weinzierl
River Oaks District/Brunello Cucinelli
Alicia and Lance Smith
Kristina and Paul Somerville
Beth Wolff/Cheryl Byington

Extra Point

Amegy Bank
Mary Dowe Boyles and Jim Boyles
Yvonne Cormier
Jacquelyn and Collin Cox
Michelle and Stephen Fraga/Tejas
Jeff Gremillion and Peter Remington
Mady and Ken Kades
Modern Luxury Houston
Regina Rogers
Phyllis and Cornel Williams
Michael and Mary Yenik

Other Generous Donors

Kanani and Jon Adinolfi
Gail and Louis K. Adler
Nancy Ames and Danny Ward
Nory Angel and Oleg Jolic
Awesome Angels/Dr. Alison Scott Cuillier
April Bailey
Rebecca Bair
Bert and Felicia Baker
Bill Baldwin and Fady Armanious
Rasheeda Bernard
Linda and Richard Bischoff
Jon Blasko
Amanda and Terry Boffone
Jill Bollich
Bob and Leisa Bowman
Tony Bradfield
Kristy and Chris Bradshaw
Craig Bristow
Kelly and Ben Buchanan
Cory Bunyard
Andy Canales
Zane and Brady Carruth
Madyson Chavez
Rita Chavez
Mallory Chesser
Kiet Chu and Scott Critchfield
Phyllis Cohen
Camille and Michael Connelly
Richard Cruz and Ruth Tomp
Julie Dokell and John Cogan
Ximena Dominguez
Pamela Doty
Deborah and Mickey Driver
Stephen T. Dyer
Elsie and Lester Eckert
Lori and Richard Eckert

Generous Donors Cont’d

Eller Family
Jo Lynn Falgout
George Farah
Thomas J. Flanagan
Sandy and Seldon Fletcher
Mario Gagetta
Gayla Gardner
Diane and Harry Gendel
Karen and Joseph Gentry
Rubi Gonzalez
Gregory Germain
Gregg Family Foundation
Sha Lilly Groves
Mark Haas
Steven Hamilton
Thecla Harper
Chris Hendel
Shonda Hiers
Brandi and Jeff Hill
Amy and Bryan Hinson
Cody Hoelscher
Greg Hough
Millard House
Betty and John Hrncir
Charlotte and Geoff Hutson
Janice Jaudikt and Jesper Skade
Donna Josephson
Kelly Kavaler
Julie and Alan Kent
Grace Kim
Bill King
Vail Kohnert-Yount
Laurie and Tracy Krohn
Michael Landry
Stephen Lewis
Steve and Joan Lufburrow
Cesar Maldonado
Marek Family
Robin Martin
Petra Martinez
Vidal Martinez
Zach Maxwell
Brandon McClendon
Carey and Jordan Metz
Jane Meyer
Neda and Gary Miller
Thomas Monaghan
Kim and Dan Moody
Kellie Motsinger
Jocelyn Mouton
Anne Neeson and Craig Janies
New Orleans Auction Galleries
Mae O’Brien
Jennifer Osowski
Bruce Padilla and Shelby Kibodeaux
Lauren Page
Kasteena Parikh
Tabiatha Penson
Lisa and Dwight Peters
Jenny Pisio
Lindsey and Bobby Pollock
Carol and John Porter
Tylea Powell
Ruth and Charles Pulido
Edna Elder Renfrow
Shafik Rifaat
Gary Robison
Heidi and Nick Rockecharlie
De Rose
Scott Ruzanski
April and Jorge Salazar
Gillian Sarofim
Nzinga Shury
Sue and Randy Sim
Taiam and Billy Simmons
Amelie Smith
Kelly Somoza
Marcus Spagnoletti
Pedro Spivakovsky-Gonzalez
Amalia Stanton
Laura Stein
Heather Sturlese
Robyn Thomas
Chris Titterington
Drew Tolson
Ileana and Michael Treviño
Kim and Dan Tutcher
Lia Vallone
Mathew and Lena Varghese
Abby and Chris Venegas
Dancie and Jim Ware
Irina and Mark Watson
Shanshan Wei
Liz Whetter
Anita and Welcome Wilson Jr.
Burke Windham
Cary Wright
Mia Yu
Beth and Nick Zdeblick


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