On Tuesday, November 1, nearly 400 community members and philanthropic leaders gathered to celebrate Breakthrough students beating the odds to become the first in their families to graduate from college. Thank you to our event chairs Susan and Dr. Craig Lubin, our presenting sponsor Lifesize, and all of our event sponsors and attendees. Additionally, a special thanks to our incredible line up of speakers including Breakthrough advocates Mayor Steve Adler, Maya Smart, Hector Ruiz, Breakthrough college graduate Felicia Monroe, and keynote speaker, Chancellor William H. McRaven of the UT System. Without your support, Beat the Odds would not be possible!

Together we raised more than $200,000 in sponsorships and ticket sales.

Maya Smart challenged guests to raise an additional $100,000 by the end of the night and offered a personal gift of $25,000 to help us get there.

Proceeds from the 2016 Beat the Odds Benefit will ensure that Breakthrough is able to fulfill the 12-year promise we have made to the 1,250 pioneering Breakthrough students.


Karen & Barry Aidman  |  Vicki & Price Ainsworth  |  Susie Brodsky & Kimberly Allen

Josette & Dave Bahler  |  Karen Wilson & Karl Bayer  |  Capital Septic Supply

Amber Carden  |  Christina Corona  |  Jill & Mark Dewey  |  Marci & Sam Ditzell

David Engelman, SMART Payment Plan  |  Doria & Jay Hanna

Sue Ellen Stavrand & John Harcourt  |  Cynthia L. Harkness

 Grace Holland  |  Trish & George Holland

Joanne Hopkins &  Joe Gagen  |  Brandi & Chris Horne  |  Idona & Harry Griffith

Leslie & David Jaffe  |  Mary Beth & Dan Jester  |  JPMorgan Chase

The Jung Family  |  Karen Kahan & MariBen Ramsey  |  Dr. James & Margie Lindsey

Diana & Gregg Lowe  |  Ann Marsh, Northern Trust  |  Bridget Farr & Shiva Mayer

Cleo & Rick Morales  |  Emily Moreland, Moreland Properties  |  Carole & George Nalle

National Instruments  |  Lucy Nazro  |  Becky Phillips  |  Linda & Dan Poole

Hannah Temple & Christopher Sanders  |  Sanders Architecture  |  Laurel & Dudley Simmons

Skybeck Construction, LLC  |  Luci Baines Johnson & Ian Turpin  |  Melba & Ted Whatley