Glenn Beck and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem Lured to Houston for Chuck Norris’ $1 Million Kicking Gala


What: The 29th Annual Kickstart Kids’ Boots and Black Belts Gala

Or: The Hilton Americas-Houston

PC time: The highlight for many at the rally was the chance to rub elbows with a conservative political commentator Glenn Beck with his wife Tanyaand Governor of South Dakota Kristi Noembest known today for signing an order restricting the teaching of Critical Race Theory in K-12 classrooms in her state.

After an emotional martial arts performance by Kickstart Kids students and instructors, bounty poured in as attendees swelled at the paddle lift and live auction. The auction items alone were worth noting: a Chuck Norris tribute single-action revolver, a tour of Glenn Beck’s Mercury Studios and catered lunch, a trophy whitetail deer hunt, a Bayou Place Ballroom party and a painting by Taft McWhorter. It all added up to a million dollar night.

Nearly 40 sponsors, led by title sponsor American Telecast Products and Total Gym, contributed to the evening which raised funds for the program which provides thousands of middle and high school students with valuable lessons about building character, resilience and community to help them navigate the daily challenges of adolescence. The Martial Arts Character Development Program was founded by a world martial arts champion, actor and philanthropist Chuck Norris in 1990. At that time it was called Kick Drugs out of America.

Norris and his wife Gena Norris and Alice and Keith Mosing presided over the million dollar soiree for which Kirksey Gregg Productions beautifully dressed the ballroom according to the theme.

linda lorelle was the host of the event which honored Dr. Charles Dupre, deputy executive director of member engagement and support for the Texas Association of School Administrators and former superintendent of Fort Bend ISD. The Chuck and Gena Norris Character Award was presented to the law firm Squire Patton Boggs, LLP.

Terry Emmert, Ashlee Dutton, Mike King enjoying Pat Green’s performance at the Kickstart Kids Gala.

To end the night, country song star Pat Green gave a performance that rocked the dance floor.

PC seen: Managing Partner of the San Antonia Spurs Peter Holt and wife And me, Phillips 66 CEO Greg Garland, Lindy and Marshal Teague, Elizabeth and John Gibson, Mike Forshey, Lew Clark, Deborah Lodge, Brenda Love and Ed Jones, Laura True and Mike King, Tim Tuttle, Katelyn Maida, Erica Rico, and Adrian Perez.


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