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On The Town with Jan Carson Sept 2013

The fall social season launches like a rocket with back to back major events the very first weekend after Labor day. The white-tie Audrey Hepburn Society Ball for UNICEF, honoring Margaret Alkek Williams, is Friday, Sept. 6, followed the next evening by Renee Fleming celebrating the Houston Symphony’s 100th year of Opening Nights on Sept. 7. It’s going to be a huge centennial year for the Symphony so add one or more concerts to your calendar!


White Hot Summer Nights
Benefiting Ada


Houston Texans offensive tackle Duane Brown traded team colors for summer whites to host a fun and stylish evening at Eddie V’s, benefiting the American Diabetes Association. Brown drew a fashionable crowd of teammates, friends and fans in support of diabetes awareness. Since the theme was White Hot Summer Nights |“White Party,” guests didn’t have to puzzle over the dress code!

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1) Texans offensive tackle Duane Brown with wife Devi at the White Hot Summer Nights party at Eddie V’s.

2) Yassmin Ibrahim and Johnte Archer enjoyed appetizers and the sounds of a live jazz band.

3) Texans’ tight end Owen Daniels with wife Angela.

4) Sandra De La Camara and Mariam Malik were among the bidders on silent auction items.

5) Illiana Loya joins Christina and Ben Rogers at the “White Party.”


Gala Kickoff Party
The Blue Bird Circle


The Blue Bird Circle cares about kids, and you can help them in their mission to bring the latest therapies to children with devastating neurological diseases. The 2013 Gala “Mark of Distinction” is set for Friday, October 18, and a kickoff party was held to celebrate the Blue Bird Circle’s 90 years of service, including the Clinic for Pediatric Neurology and Clinical Research Center at Texas Children’s Hospital. Rhonda Jones and Jan Rhodes are chairing the evening honoring Dr. Mark W. Kline of Texas Children’s Hospital.

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1) A “Texas Chic” theme set the mood for The Blue Bird Circle Gala kickoff party attended by (l-r) Nancy Kline, hostess Tanya Jo Greenwood, honoree Dr. Mark W. Kline and host Andy Greenwood.

2) Maureen and Dr. Gary Clark are among those supporting the 90th anniversary of The Blue Bird Circle.

3) Gala chairman Rhonda Jones joins honoree Dr. Mark W. Kline, Physician-in-Chief at Texas Children’s Hospital, and co-chair Jan Rhodes.

4) Dr. Jeffrey and Marcia Noebels at the kickoff party at the Greenwoods’ spectacular Memorial area home.

5) Glenn and Diana Johnson will be among guests attending the October 18 Gala for The Blue Bird Clinic.


High Altitude Texans
The Nature Conservancy


More than 70 guests from Houston and other Texas cities gathered at Denise Monteleone’s gorgeous mountaintop home in Aspen to learn about The Nature Conservancy’s new urban conservation initiative which launches later this year. Many of the guests have homes in the popular resort town, and others were just visiting, but they all have one thing in common – a deep concern and commitment to conserving Nature’s gifts.

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1) Part-time Aspen residents Ann and Don Short attended The Nature Conservancy cocktail party on Red Mountain.

2) Nanette and Jerry Finger joined guests in discussing the TNC’s new urban conservation initiative.

3) Laura Huffman, Texas State Director for The Nature Conservancy, updated guests on conservation strategies in the Lone Star state.

4) TNC committee members Dick and Susan Hansen with hostess Denise Monteleone at her beautiful home overlooking Aspen.

5) Jana Arnoldy joined Texas supporters at The Nature Conservancy event.

Out and About


A short and sassy “Stiletto Strut” to stop breast cancer in its tracks headlines our Out and About section this month, along with the St. Luke’s “Summer Speaker Series,” The KCEF Foundation Gala, Houston Young Professionals and the Holly Rose Benefit Dinner.

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1) Judy Smith and Jane Parker are chairing the Neiman Marcus Stiletto Strut on September 21, benefiting The Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine. Tickets are $150. To register call 713-798-1649.

2) Polly Bowden, with Dr. Peg Van Bree, at the 3rd annual St. Luke’s Foundation “Summer Speaker Series” held in Aspen at the Bowdens’ spectacular mountain home. More than 100 Houstonians heard an update from Dr. Daniel Yoshor, Chief of Neurosurgery at St. Luke’s.

3) Kristin Massey joins Cookie Michael, and Megan Grant, who is the 2012 KCEF Foundation Scholarship Recipient. The KCEF Foundation’s 15th Annual Charity Gala “Hollywood Nights” is Saturday, October 5 at The Bayou City Event Center.

4) Houston Young Professionals had a chance to meet some of their Mentors at a special event that included volunteers (l-r) Kent Schaffer, Pat Bertotti, Freddy Goerges and Patricia Herrera.

5) Shelby Kibodeaux, co- chair Jessica Rossman, sponsor Bruce Padilla and co-chair Kim Padgett at the Holly Rose Benefit Dinner. The evening drew 100 guests, raised $100,000 and was underwritten by Sam Governale of Fleming’s Prime Steak & Wine Bar.


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