City Lights Gala Sept 9, 2018 – 6:00PM

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I want to get a very important date on your calendar. On Sunday, September 9th, Lighthouse for Students will host the First Annual City Lights Gala. We are truly honored to have Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale as our keynote speaker, and former University of Texas and NBA star Mo Evans as our first ever Shining Light Honoree.

The Gala supports the hands-on, immersive work being done by our volunteers and staff at Worthing High School. Lighthouse for Students has now been in this challenging neighborhood for over two years establishing a mentor program, leadership council and monthly motivational speakers for this group of under-served children in Houston’s Sunnyside neighborhood.

Since the organization and work to improve these young lives was prominently featured on the Michael Berry Show on KTRH 740 AM and KPRC Channel 2, we’ve seen a year of incredible growth for Lighthouse for Students and will begin work on our second high school – Klein Forest. With an amazing cause, spectacular keynote speaker, and such a passionate advocate as our first honoree, we want to make sure that this first City Lights Gala sets the tone for long-term success and growth.

How can you help? We are in need of community partners to help launch this event the right way. This could be families, individuals or corporate partners. If you have an interest yourself, or if you can suggest someone who is passionate about kids, education and improving our Houston area neighborhoods, please consider sponsoring our events at one of these levels.

All levels of support include recognition in the program and on screen at the City Lights Gala

Bell Rock Level 
VIP Table of 12
Seated with Jim McIngvale

(SOLD) $ 10,000

Shining Light Level
VIP Table of 8
Seated with Mo Evans


Buy It Now

Kullen Level 
VIP Table of 8
Seated with Dr. Khalilah Campbell-Rhone


Buy It Now

Half Moon Reef Level
VIP Table of 8
Seated with Dr. Nissi Lamark

(SOLD) $2500

Lighthouse Level
Tables of 8
Seated with a member of the Board or a top
LightHouse student (based on availability)

 $ 900

Buy It Now

Individual Tickets

Admission – $50

Get Tickets Now

To sponsor a table* or purchase tickets call Kelly Martens at 713-851-1025.

*VIP donor tables are available first come first served


Please take a moment to meet each of our distinguished speakers who have given generously of their time, talents and resources in support of LightHouse for Students:

Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale is a co-author of the book, Always Think Big and is owner of Gallery Furniture, currently ranked in Furniture Today’s Top 100 Furniture Retailers as the Sales-per-Square-Foot leader for independent retailers in the U.S. His company has become a USO Worldwide Strategic Partner Sponsor. For 30 years, Gallery Furniture annually outfits needy Houston area families’ homes with new furniture. During Hurricane Harvey, he opened two of his stores as shelter, and used his largest moving truck to rescue victims displaced by the flooding. He is a true Texas hero.

Maurice “Mo” Evans is a retired American professional basketball player, having most recently played for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Evans played collegiately at Wichita State University and then transfered to the University of Texas at Austin. In 2006, he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers and served as back up to Kobe Bryant. In 2007, he joined the Orlando Magic and became their starting shooting guard, contributing to the team’s 52-30 record and landing the 3rd seed in the Eastern Conference for the 2008 Playoffs. He has served as a vice president of the NBA Players Association.

Dr. Nissi Lamark is the most sought after marketing manager and brand strategist in Houston, Texas. She has worked with big brands such as Oprah, Disney, ULTA, and Kellogg’s. After experiencing a decade of homelessness, her mother murdered and never having met her father; Dr. Lamark completed her Bachelor’s in Science, M.B.A. in Accounting, M.B.A. in HR Management and Doctorate in Marketing, all while raising seven children. As a partner with The Naomi’s House, she has dedicated her life’s work to helping struggling mothers and inmates to re-enter into the real world. She has helped to save over 100 women who struggled with poverty, legal fees, and reunification with their children

Dr. Khalilah Campbell-Rhone is the Principal of Worthing High School, home of LightHouse for Students. Dr. Campbell-Rhone has an extensive record of turning around under-served and under performing campuses by leading with a passion and vision that is unparalleled. In a short period and under her leadership, Worthing has experienced noticeable campus-wide improvement. She is committed to working alongside the Sunnyside community to restore the rich history, power, and potential that lies at the heart of Worthing High School. Dr. Campbell-Rhone is committed to advancing students academically, intellectually, and socially to prepare them for leadership in an ever-changing global society.

On behalf of myself and the Board of Directors, we thank you for considering your support of LightHouse for Students. We would love to have you at the event and would appreciate your referrals to others who share our faith and passion. Please join us for an evening of inspiration.

Kelly Martens, Executive Director

Our Board Members: Kelly Martens – President, Traci Mamaux – Secretary, Laura Gallier – Vice President, Dana Grindal – Treasurer, Steven Morris, Randy Sumner, Kelley Allison, Laura Stein, Thomas Elledge, Jack Frey, Donna Shepherd and Annie Brady