The Smahrt Girl Foundation recently held its 2nd Annual Brunch & Ball Gowns Benefit Gala at the Hotel ZaZa Museum District. The Brunch and Ball Gowns event honored Lashanda Gary, founder of Dream.Build.Success; Mandy Kao, founder of Mandy Kao Foundation; Delesa O’Dell-Thomas, Principal of HISD Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy; Dr. Leticia Plummer, CEO of Maxwello Dental; Nicole West, CEO of NCA Investigations; fashion designer Toni Whitaker; and HPD officer Mary Young. David Johns, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, was the keynote speaker. The gala is a signature fundraising event. In attendance were Smahrt Girl Foundation Founder Pamela Ellis, honorary chairs Dr. Austin and Mrs. Loren Lane, committee chair Erica Rouse, Damali Keith of Fox 26, Torsha Johnson, Ashamarah Heath and many more.