Lillian Osowski and Trent 'International Man of Mystery' Stout.
What: An evening of fun to benefit the Texas Center for the Missing
Where: The Corinthian
When: February 19, 2016
Beneficiary: Texas Center for the Missing
Mistress of Ceremonies: Chau Nguyen
Blacktie Photos by: Derek Salyer
Texas Center for the Missing lends education, support, and resources to law enforcement and families affected by missing children. They strive every day to make a positive impact on missing children and their families by providing age-appropriate school and family based safety education programs, prepare the community through law enforcement partnerships, specialized trainings, investigative tools, and respond to missing person cases through resource based assistance and the Houston Regional Amber Alert.
With a budget of just $300,000 and only 4 staff, Texas Center for the Missing has issued 173 alerts for 213 kids with a 94% success rate, making it the largest regional alert system, and the only one operated by a nonprofit organization.
The Super Spy Showdown was a chance for many of the supporters of Texas Center for the Missing to get together and celebrate their successes, and raise funding to continue making a massive positive impact on missing children cases in Houston, and Texas. Attendees were encouraged to come dressed as James Bond, Austin Powers, or their favorite spy movie character, and in true Texas style, they did not disappoint. Even those who did not dress up as characters, came dressed to impress in spy-style black tie apparel. Many of the hard working contributors to Texas Center for the Missing were honored on stage, along with the presentation of the 2016 Gabriel Lester Hero Award to Randall and Tiffany Wong for their dedication to Houston's Amber Alert Provider. The live auction was a big hit as well, with items such as a VIP Race Team Tour for 4, Executive Duck Hunt for 2 at Central Flyway Outfitters, a 1 Week Stay in Lima, Peru, an Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas Adventure for 2, and 5 Days and 4 Luxurious Nights in Los Cabos.
After a fun filled night of education, giving, dinner, and dancing in spy movie costumes, Texas Center for the Missing definitely completed their mission.