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On The Town with Jan Carson – August 2016

Fashionistas will get a head start on fall at the wildly popular “re-New and re-Do” Fashion Show from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17 in the Wortham Grand Foyer. The fashion frenzy benefits The Women’s Home, which helps women in crisis regain self-respect and independence. Chairs Staci Henderson and Michael Pearce have lined up a spectacular runway show, followed by shopping in the racks and racks of gently used and new designer clothing from the Cottage Resale Shop. For tickets, call 713-328-1975.



Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston

Dynamic music and visuals at the 8th annual Tapestry Gala created a festive evening celebrating Houston’s diversity in cultures, ethnicities and faith traditions. Close to 600 guests were on hand to applaud honorees Lily and Charles Foster, who received their award from good friend Susan Baker. The evening included a shared prayer from six different faiths, as well as musical selections representing different faith traditions. The nearly $560,000 raised will help support the programs of Interfaith Ministries, including Meals on Wheels, refugee resettlement and interfaith cooperation.

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1) Tapestry Gala Honoree Lily Foster with Susan Baker, Charles Foster, Paula Sutton and Interfaith Ministries President and CEO Martin Cominsky.

2) Dr. Richard Wainerdi with Fr. Donald Nesti.

3) Fredell and Robert Deutser, who just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary! Congratulations!

4) Bimla and Swatantra Jain were among supporters who helped raise $560,000 for Interfaith Ministries programs.

5) Jasmeeta and Bobby Singh at the Tapestry Gala.



Career and Recovery Resources


Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee joined more than 370 guests in rallying behind Career and Recovery Resources at the 2016 Barrier Breaker Awards. The annual event honors local leaders and spotlights several of the organization’s star clients who have overcome personal barriers to success. Among the honorees were Darryl Montgomery from Wells Fargo and Marla and James Davis, who is president of Gulfgate Dodge. Career and Recovery Resources helps individuals overcome barriers to employment.


1) Bill Gross and Paula Sutton at Career and Recovery Resources’ 2016 Barrier Breaker Awards.

2) Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

3) Emcee Spencer Tillman with Dr. Vern Swisher and emcee Cynthia Cisneros.

4) Madeline Montgomery and Darryl Montgomery from Wells Fargo, who received the Corporate Honoree award.

5) Community Honoree Marla David with Jada Davis and Community Honoree James Davis, president of Gulfgate Dodge.



St. Luke’s Foundation


Big changes are coming to the McNair Campus of Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, and top donors and supporters got a got a sneak peek at a presentation by HKS Architects. The 27.5-acre, $1.1-billion expansion of the McNair Campus will include the construction of a second hospital tower and the future site of the Texas Heart Institute. The collaboration between Catholic Health Initiatives and Baylor College of Medicine is expected to be completed by 2019 and will have up to a 650-bed capacity.


1) Dr. Jerome Granato, Michael Covert, Dr. Paul Klotman, Leonard Tallerine and Howard Tellepsen, Jr. at the preview presentation of the expanded Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center.

2) Baylor St. Luke’s Interim President Dr. William O’Brien and Connie O’Brien.

3) Howard Tellepsen Jr. joined Dr. Bud Frazier and Rodney Margolis at Evening with the Architects.

4) Leonard and Janet Tallerine were among guests who viewed the state-of-the-art operating rooms and hospital rooms with oversize windows.

5) Ralph Hawkins, Norman Morgan and Jason Schroer of HKS Architects are working on the expansion of the new Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center.





A celebration of outstanding philanthropy for UT Health, with an artistic twist, headlines Out and About this month, along with a quartet of amazingly talented young musicians; a hilltop gala that set a new fundraising record; an evening with UT Chancellor William McRaven and a special award for a beloved philanthropist.

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1) Matthew and Margaret Haddad at UT Health LIVE! They are standing in front of one of the portraits by Canadian artist Mark Summers, featured in the UT Health branding campaign. The evening thanked donors for helping surpass $110 million in philanthropy since last fall.

2) Jo Dee Wright, chair of the Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition, with finalists (l-r) Brian Lin, Christine J. Lee, winner Luke Hsu and finalist Samuel Chen. Hsu, a violinist trained in Houston, takes home a $25,000 prize and earns a solo performance with the Houston Symphony.

3) Raye White and Bill Deffenbach at Catholic Charities’ Grand Bazaar Spirit of Charity Gala held in a spectacular hilltop outdoor setting. The evening raised a record $1.2 million and featured entertainment by the original Broadway cast of Jersey Boys.

4) Betsey Garlinger and Cathey Cook join honoree Sybil Roos (center) who received the Ima Hogg Philanthropy Award at the Houston Symphony Ball.

5) Chairs Ned Torian, Emily Crosswell, Flo Crady and Lynn Baird with Chancellor William H. McRaven (center). McRaven was honoree for the evening which raised $840,000 for Texas Children’s Cancer Center.



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On The Town with Jan Carson August 2016

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