HOUSTON—As part of the homecoming celebration, Texas Southern University alumni, community leaders and a host of university supporters joined at the Westin Galleria Friday, October 18 for the 2013 President’s Gala.
Hosted by TSU President Dr. John Rudley and wife, Docia, the evening was filled with walks down memory lane from honorees and what’s next for the future of the university. Anthony Chase and Dr. Dina Alsowaye, Jodie and Sonny Jiles, Walter and Leona Prevost, and A. Marty and Sue Wickliff also co-hosted the evening.
Honorees included Thurgood Marshall School of Law graduate Ricky Anderson, a renowned businessman and attorney; Dale Long, who’s been recognized for his work with Big Brothers and Sisters; Winfred Frazier, Vice President of KTRK-TV; Alice Mendoza, Texas State Board of Pharmacy; Perry Miller, general manager of William P. Hobby Airport; and Gerald Womack, president of the Houston Black Realtors Association.
Also recognized were corporate and philanthropic partners CenterPoint Energy, Keith Davis of D-Mars, Houston Endowment, Reverend Bill and Audrey Lawson, Port Authority of Houston and Roosevelt and Marlene Petry.
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee was also in attendance, addressing the crowd and sharing her beloved connection to Texas Southern University.
Attendees that evening were treated to live performances by the Ernest Walker Band; R & B, Gospel and Jazz singer Howard Hewitt; four-time Grammy Award winning vocalist Regina Belle and international recording artist Chris Walker. Also local talent sensations, TSU’s own Natalie Foreman and American Idol finalist Vincent Powell helped keep the crowd on their feet.
Simply, an evening of elegance, fellowship and TSU pride.