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Celebrating History in the Making: Crime Stoppers of Houston 2016 Gala

Jordan Magaziner Steinfeld
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Michael Rezendes, Rania Mankarious, Dave Ward, Laura Ward

(From left) Michael Rezendes, Senior Investigative Reporter with the Boston Globe Spotlight Team. Rania Mankarious, executive director of Crime Stoppers of Houston, honoree Dave Ward and gala coordinator Laura Ward. (Photo: Roswitha Vogler)

More than 500 supporters came together to “celebrate history in the making” on Thurs., Oct. 26 at the Crime Stoppers of Houston gala. The evening was truly a celebration of history in the making - the construction of the first-ever Crime Stoppers headquarters, which will open Jan. 2017, as well as the building’s namesake, Dave Ward, who is celebrating 50 years at ABC-13 Eyewitness News this month. Dave Ward announced that his final date on the anchor desk will be Dec. 9, 2016. The new, three-story, almost 30,000 square foot facility will serve and support victims of crime and their families, law enforcement, media, community nonprofit organizations and the community at large as well as an expanded call center for the tip line program.  

Tilman Fertitta introduced Mayor Sylvester Turner, who was honored for his contributions to public safety. Keynote speaker was Michael Rezendes, Senior Investigative Reporter with the Boston Globe Spotlight Team. His investigative work led him to sharing a Pulitzer Prize in 2003. Rezendes’ work was the basis for the award-winning movie Spotlight (Michael was played by Mark Ruffalo). Gala coordinator was Laura Ward. Tilman also introduced NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly, a friend of Dave Ward, who presented a heartfelt speech in his honor.  

The gala raised more than $435,000 for Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line and other crime prevention programs.  

If you’re looking for a way to be part of Crime Stoppers’ history, consider purchasing a brick paver, which will forever line the walkway of the first-ever Crime Stoppers HQ. Engrave your family name or the name of a local officer you’d like to honor.  

Rania Mankarious, executive director of Crime Stoppers of Houston, provides safety tips and important perspectives on what’s going on in the news every week. See Sunday Mornings with Rania

  • Amiko Kauderer, Scott Kelly, Tasos Kostas, Roula Christie

    (From left) Amiko Kauderer, NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly, Tasos Kostas and Roula Christie. (Photo: Roswitha Vogler)

  • Camille Andrews, Paula Goldstein, Sloan Andrews

    (From left) Camille Andrews, Paula Goldstein and Sloan Andrews. (Photo: Roswitha Vogler)

  • Carol Sawyer

    Carol Sawyer. (Photo: Roswitha Vogler)

  • Charles and Jill Talisman

    Charles and Jill Talisman. (Photo: Roswitha Vogler)

  • Rania Mankarious, Martha Montalvo

    Rania Mankarous, executive director of Crime Stoppers of Houston, with Houston Police Department Acting Chief Martha Montalvo. (Photo: Roswitha Vogler)

  • Gary Becker, Tama Lundquist

    Gary Becker and Tama Lundquist. (Photo: Roswitha Vogler)

  • Jan Duncan, Laura Ward

    Jan Duncan and Laura Ward. (Photo: Roswitha Vogler)

  • Joan and Ricardo Nazario

    Joan and Ricardo Nazario. (Photo: Roswitha Vogler)

  • Lou Pelz, Mayor Sylvester Turner, Paige Cokinos

    (From left) Lou Pelz, Mayor Sylvester Turner and Paige Cokinos. (Photo: Roswitha Vogler)

  • Mike Wilson, Carol Wilson, Don DeGabrielle

    (From left) Mike and Carol Wilson with Don DeGabrielle, Board Chair of Crime Stoppers. (Photo: Roswitha Vogler)

  • Ramy Mankarious, Trisha McGaw, Michael McGaw

    (From left) Ramy Mankarious and Trisha and Michael McGaw. (Photo: Roswitha Vogler)

  • Rock Morille, Trish Morille

    Rock and Trish Morille. (Photo: Roswitha Vogler)

  • Scott Kelly, Amiko Kauderer, Mayor Sylvester Turner

    (From left) NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly, Amiko Kauderer and Mayor Sylvester Turner. (Photo: Roswitha Vogler)

  • Steve Mach, Joella Mach, Ellen Cokinos, Paige Cokinos

    (From left) Steve and Joella Mach, Ellen and Paige Cokinos. (Photo: Roswitha Vogler)

  • Tena Faust, Marge Lundquist, Tena Lundquist

    (From left) Tama Lundquist, Marge Lundquist and Tena Faust. (Photo: Roswitha Vogler)

  • Tilman Fertitta, Mayor Sylvester Turner

    Tilman Fertitta and Mayor Sylvester Turner. (Photo: Roswitha Vogler)

  • Tilman Fertitta, Laura Ward, Dave Ward

    (From left) Tilman Fertitta and Laura and Dave Ward. (Photo: Roswitha Vogler)

  • Amiko Kauderer, Scott Kelly, Tasos Kostas, Roula Christie
  • Camille Andrews, Paula Goldstein, Sloan Andrews
  • Carol Sawyer
  • Charles and Jill Talisman
  • Rania Mankarious, Martha Montalvo
  • Gary Becker, Tama Lundquist
  • Jan Duncan, Laura Ward
  • Joan and Ricardo Nazario
  • Lou Pelz, Mayor Sylvester Turner, Paige Cokinos
  • Mike Wilson, Carol Wilson, Don DeGabrielle
  • Ramy Mankarious, Trisha McGaw, Michael McGaw
  • Rock Morille, Trish Morille
  • Scott Kelly, Amiko Kauderer, Mayor Sylvester Turner
  • Steve Mach, Joella Mach, Ellen Cokinos, Paige Cokinos
  • Tena Faust, Marge Lundquist, Tena Lundquist
  • Tilman Fertitta, Mayor Sylvester Turner
  • Tilman Fertitta, Laura Ward, Dave Ward

More photos

Amiko Kauderer, Scott Kelly, Tasos Kostas, Roula Christie

(From left) Amiko Kauderer, NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly, Tasos Kostas and Roula Christie. (Photo: Roswitha Vogler)

Camille Andrews, Paula Goldstein, Sloan Andrews

(From left) Camille Andrews, Paula Goldstein and Sloan Andrews. (Photo: Roswitha Vogler)

Carol Sawyer

Carol Sawyer. (Photo: Roswitha Vogler)

Charles and Jill Talisman

Charles and Jill Talisman. (Photo: Roswitha Vogler)

Rania Mankarious, Martha Montalvo

Rania Mankarous, executive director of Crime Stoppers of Houston, with Houston Police Department Acting Chief Martha Montalvo. (Photo: Roswitha Vogler)

Gary Becker, Tama Lundquist

Gary Becker and Tama Lundquist. (Photo: Roswitha Vogler)

Jan Duncan, Laura Ward

Jan Duncan and Laura Ward. (Photo: Roswitha Vogler)

Joan and Ricardo Nazario

Joan and Ricardo Nazario. (Photo: Roswitha Vogler)

Lou Pelz, Mayor Sylvester Turner, Paige Cokinos

(From left) Lou Pelz, Mayor Sylvester Turner and Paige Cokinos. (Photo: Roswitha Vogler)

Mike Wilson, Carol Wilson, Don DeGabrielle

(From left) Mike and Carol Wilson with Don DeGabrielle, Board Chair of Crime Stoppers. (Photo: Roswitha Vogler)

Ramy Mankarious, Trisha McGaw, Michael McGaw

(From left) Ramy Mankarious and Trisha and Michael McGaw. (Photo: Roswitha Vogler)

Rock Morille, Trish Morille

Rock and Trish Morille. (Photo: Roswitha Vogler)

Scott Kelly, Amiko Kauderer, Mayor Sylvester Turner

(From left) NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly, Amiko Kauderer and Mayor Sylvester Turner. (Photo: Roswitha Vogler)

Steve Mach, Joella Mach, Ellen Cokinos, Paige Cokinos

(From left) Steve and Joella Mach, Ellen and Paige Cokinos. (Photo: Roswitha Vogler)

Tena Faust, Marge Lundquist, Tena Lundquist

(From left) Tama Lundquist, Marge Lundquist and Tena Faust. (Photo: Roswitha Vogler)

Tilman Fertitta, Mayor Sylvester Turner

Tilman Fertitta and Mayor Sylvester Turner. (Photo: Roswitha Vogler)

Tilman Fertitta, Laura Ward, Dave Ward

(From left) Tilman Fertitta and Laura and Dave Ward. (Photo: Roswitha Vogler)

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