On May 11, KHOU 11 News reporter, Leigh Frillici hosted the Houston Harvard Club’s 375th Anniversary Fete. It was a black tie charity event to celebrate Harvard University’s 375th birthday.
Houston is filled with Harvard Grads and three of those alumni were recognized for what they contributed to the Houston community and how they distinguished themselves in their careers.
The Harvard University Club of Houston’s Crimson Awards (for leadership and community service) were presented to: Judy Ley Allen (MBA 1963), head of Allen Investments and one of the first women to graduate from Harvard Business School; Harris “Shrub” Kempner, Jr. (AB 1961), president of Kempner Capital Management and a fearless Galveston community leader, and Robert T. Sakowitz (AB 1960), president of Hazak Corporation and a well-known Houston civic leader.
Special guest and renowned pianist Evelyn Chen (AB 1990) of Houston also performed.
A silent and live auction raised tens of thousands of dollars for several of the Houston Harvard Club’s Charities. Dr. Mark Adickes, a graduate of Harvard’s Medical School and Super Bowl champion with the Washington Redskins, acted as the auctioneer at the live auction.
Proceeds from the Fete will benefit various educational causes. In particular, the Harvard University Club of Houston will work with the Houston Independent School District to help some of its most promising teachers and principals participate in the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero which focuses on teaching best classroom practices.
Scholarships will also be made available to the Social Enterprise Initiative of Harvard Business School in order to provide management training at the Harvard Business School for Houston non-profit leaders.
In addition, event proceeds will assist the Summer Community Fellowship Program that supports Harvard undergraduates working in Houston-based non-profit organizations. Proceeds also will be dedicated to the Club’s Schools and Scholarships Programs, which make sure that more than 600 yearly applicants are properly identified, interviewed, and encouraged to attend Harvard each year.