High-wattage energy and a sold-out crowd of over 480 guests made for an entertaining evening on November 15, 2016 for the 4th Annual Touchdown for TEACH chaired by Carol and Mike Linn and honorary chairmen, DeeDee and Wallis Marsh, at River Oaks Country Club.
Special guest Troy Aikman, interviewed by Spencer Tillman, had supporters applauding as he remarked on his three-time Super Bowl winning football career and his transition to Emmy-nominated broadcaster for Fox Sports. Questions ranged from the importance of education and a good teacher to his most memorable moment in the NFL.
Guests also enjoyed remarks from Principal Bertie Simmons who spoke about the impact TEACH has in school. Simmons has led the efforts at Furr High School to turn the school around and change the lives of hundreds of students, leading to Furr receiving a $10 million grant through a new national contest sponsored by Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
Co-founders Susan D. Sarofim and Mary Yenik cheered the huge success of the event, which raised a record-breaking $700,000 for the program that works to give educators in low-income schools strategies in de-escalation and conflict resolution.
“We feel like we just went to the Super Bowl—thank you to everyone who made this event a success. TEACH already reaches over 8,000 students, and thanks to everyone’s help tonight, we can expand that impact,” said Executive Director Kelly Krohn.