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On The Town with Jan Carson –
April 2017

The focus of this year’s UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball is an issue that hits our community hard. The May 24 gala at the Marriott Marquis will benefit Houston’s End Trafficking Initiative. The evening honors Rosanette and Harry Cullen with the Margaret Alkek Williams Humanitarian Award for their many years of outstanding philanthropy through the Cullen Foundation. UNICEF Ambassador and actress Angie Harmon will be on hand, and Grammy Award-winning singer and humanitarian Michael Bolton will perform. Call UNICEF at 832-463-2428 for tickets.



American Heart Association



Jaws dropped at the 2017 Houston Heart Ball as the tally for the evening climbed into the stratosphere. True to his own prediction, chair Dr. Robert Robbins, President & CEO of the Texas Medical Center, achieved a fundraising record for the American Heart Association event, raising over $2.2 million to fight heart disease and stroke. The “Secret Garden”-themed evening saw giving levels soar for the live auction and paddle raise, as well as the raffle for a new BMW 530i donated by Houston Area BMW dealers. A surprise donation of $150,000 by AmRisc in honor of survivor Timothy Singletary brought sustained applause.

1) Margaret Alkek Williams with 2017 Heart Ball chair Dr. Robert C. Robbins, President & CEO of the Texas Medical Center.

2) Jim and Beverly Postl with Community Honorees Debbie and Jack Moore at the Heart Ball.

3) Past Heart Ball chairs Tim Connolly and Jan Carson.

4) Dr. John Higgins and Catherine Higgins were among the 600 guests who packed the Hilton Americas ballroom.

5) 2018 Heart Ball chairs Joe and Cathy Cleary with gala auction chairs Kristin and Jay Waring.




UTMB Galveston


A dazzling solar system floated overhead as 1,800 champagne-fueled guests partied into the wee hours at the “Space Pirates”-themed San Luis Salute. The mega Mardi Gras gala is always a sellout, with The Billion Dollar Buyer host Tilman Fertitta managing to out-do himself every year. In addition to the royal procession of the Knights of Momus Court, LED robo stilt-walkers and high flying aerialists, the evening  featured popular entertainer Jason Derulo and non-stop dancing underneath a 35-foot floating spaceship. This year’s galactic gala benefited Zika virus research at the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston.

1) Adrianna Barton, Blayne Fertitta and Deanna Barton start the Mardi Gras partying harbor side next to the Fertittas’ $40 million yacht “The Boardwalk.”.

2) Former ABC/13 news anchor Dave Ward and Laura Ward make a grand entrance into the 21st annual San Luis Salute.

3) Brandon Rogers and Vanessa Fullen in the midst of the glorious space-themed décor with pulsing music, aerial acrobats and LED lighted space men.

4) After a year in space, astronaut Scott Kelly, with Amiko Kauderer, must have felt at home with the “Space Pirates” theme.

5) Renowned Zika researchers Dr. Mariano Garcia-Blanco, Dr. George Saade, Dr Pei-Young Shi and Dr. Nikos Vasilakis from UTMB Galveston on stage with host Tilman Fertitta.




The Junior League


Not one, not two, but three events over three nights raised an impressive $740,000 to fund the many community programs and volunteer initiatives of The Junior League. Each evening carried out the “American Journey” theme, with silent and live auctions plus a volunteer-produced show and lively entertainment that kept the dance floor packed. The multi-night fundraiser featured the chance to bid on unique items, such as the opportunity for six girls and their parents to meet Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles and spend four hours with her at her gym.

1) Summer and Jason Craig at The Junior League.

2) Lance and Meghan Baker with Layne and Chris Childs at The Junior League Charity Ball.

3) Past Junior League President Pam Lovett with President Shannon Wiesedeppe, Past President Peggy Roe and Charity Ball Chair Jennifer Roberts.

4) Katie and Ryan Cooper at “American Journey.”

5) Alexis Wendt and Randi Krasny at a preview party for The Junior League’s fundraising extravaganza.





Sharpshooters took aim at sporting clays and ended up bagging lots of green to help support Memorial Hermann’s Life Flight air ambulance. That charity shoot tops our Out and About this month, along with the grand opening of the fabulous new A.D. Players Theater; a celebration of some of Houston’s most philanthropic “Sweethearts” and the upcoming “Men of Distinction” luncheon on May 3 benefiting children’s health research and treatment.

1) Keith Mosing with Greg Beal, Ferdie Dupuis and Mike Wood at the Memorial Hermann Heroes in Health Sporting Clay Shoot benefiting Memorial Hermann Life Flight.

2) A.D. Players founder Jeannette Clift George with Mike Massey at the 50th Anniversary Celebration and Grand Opening of the new $18 million A.D. Players Theater in the Galleria area.

3) Betty Hrncir joins honoree Nidhika Mehta and Mehrnaz Gill for Houston Sweethearts 2017 at Saks Fifth Avenue. The event contributed to The Mission of Yahweh homeless shelter.

4) Annette Strake with Houston Sweethearts honoree Joanne King Herring and Bobbie Nau.

5) Walter Johnson, John Daugherty and Holcombe Crosswell attend the kickoff at the home of Cathy and Joe Cleary for the May 3 “Men of Distinction” luncheon at River Oaks Country Club. Tickets: Menofdistinction.org.

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