The Neon City of Lights Gala kicked off their inaugural, annual event benefitting Project 88 Foundation on April 24, 2015, at Ecclesia Houston. This was definitely a fashionable event—the women wore beautiful, colorful cocktail dresses, and many gorgeous pageant ladies were in attendance supporting the cause. Impressively, for a first time event the benefit was completely sold-out with over 400 supporters in attendance. Ericka and Garrett Graham founded Project 88 Foundation, which is a non-profit organization. There are a few things you need to know about this impressive, gorgeous, power couple—Garrett Graham is Houston Texans tight end, and wears No. 88, and his wife, Ericka, has a heart of gold.
This event scored a touchdown with all the guests from the very beginning with the cocktail reception. During the cocktail reception, guests were able to mix, and mingle and have photo opportunities with many of the most popular Texans football players including: Garrett Graham, Brian Cushing, Chris Myers, Duane Brown, Randy Bullock, Jon Weeks, Kareem Jackson, Shane Lechler, Cody White, Ben Jones, and Owen Daniels. This event opened with the sounds of DJ RED, and an amazing paint jam performance featuring the renowned artist Dan Dunn. While the supporters enjoyed dinner, the most incredible emcees Devi Dev, and Chester Pitts welcomed, and entertained the crowd. Of course, all benefits have live auctions, but this auction was exceptional because many of the auction items were signed Texans memorabilia. After the auction, the dance floor was packed when the popular 80’s band-The Spazmatics entertained the crowd. Antoinette Latham, owner of Brand Idea Group helped start the foundation, and managed the rockin’ party as the event manager. The event chairs included Hannah and Cal McNair, and Chris and Lisa Seay. Impressively, this inaugural event raised over $200,000.
Unquestionably, this was an incredibly fun, memorable, and entertaining event, but most importantly this event was for a fabulous cause—Project 88 Foundation. After working as a teacher with low-income students, Ericka decided to help tackle educational inequality, and strive to improve the lives of underserved Houston children by offering educational opportunities that they were not receiving. The funds from this event will provide at least 8 of the lowest performing HISD schools with full-time, certified, and trained college advisors for the upcoming school year. Impressively, 10 Eagle U Leadership Camp scholarships will also be provided.
Ericka supports the efforts of her talented husband on the field, but she is also dedicated to making sure the two of them make a difference in their new hometown, Houston. According to Ericka, “At Project 88 Foundation, we are aware that many Houston-area students lack access to information about going to college, and many students in Houston have never considered college as a possibility.” This fabulous new charity, Project 88 Foundation that Ericka and Garett Graham founded will help many low-income Houston children achieve their dream of going to college.
The Neon City of Lights Gala was an amazing event for a great cause. This is definitely a fun charity event with the most Texans players at a charity event in Houston. If you were not able to attend the event this year, mark your calendars, and purchase your tickets early next year. This event will sell out next year, and this is an event that you do not want to miss!