BOOTS AND BARBECUE
Rodeo partyers kick up their heels
Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Black Heritage Committee gala chairs Karen Mayberry and Evon McConico ushered in a rootin’, tootin’ good time Saturday night.
More than 2,000 supporters decked out in their dressy Western best filled Reliant Arena for a spirited night of dining on barbecue from Harlon’s and dancing to the nonstop sounds of three entities — Step Rideau and the Zydeco Outlaws, DJ Lady D and country singer Donna Nash.
Key rodeo people making the scene included committee chair Naomi Hines, HLSR president Skip Wagner and Black Heritage Committee officer in charge Dick Hudgins. The fundraiser honored Lorenzo “Smitty” Johnson, Cynthia Wilson, Alex Prince, Paul Matthews and Karen Soehnge.
In 2006, the various fundraising efforts of the committee, including last year’s gala, raised enough money for the group to present $12,000 scholarships to 22 high school seniors.
In the party crowd were Charlie Price, Michelle and Nelson Bowman, Melba and Warner Ervin, Bobbie and P.J. Matthews, Kandyace Mayberry, Kimberly Mayberry, Wanda Davila, Isiah Carey and Tammy and Joel Cowley.