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On The Town with Jan Carson –
August 2017

JAN-CARSONIf you’d like a “first look” at fall fashions, the place to be is The Woman’s Hospital of Texas Labor Day Luncheon & Style show. The 14th annual fashion-fest is set for Saturday, Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. –3 p.m. at the Royal Sonesta Houston. In addition to the runway show, a pop-up boutique provides on- the- spot retail therapy! All the fun benefits the healthy baby campaign at the March of Dimes. Tickets/tables are available by calling 713-964-5431 or going to labordayluncheon.com



Houston Grand Opera Ball


Savvy guests embraced the masked theme of Houston Grand Opera’s Carnevale di Venezia Ball, beautifully brought to life by chairs Zane and Brady Carruth. The Wortham Theater Center was aglow in Venetian grandeur, with gents resplendent in white tie and ladies in stunning ball gowns. Guests enjoyed an elegant dinner and danced to the sounds of Big Blast and the Party Masters. After-party chairs Carrie and Sverre Brandsberg-Dahl lured young professionals with a late-night dance fest featuring DJ Yamaho from Iceland. The night’s festivities swelled HGO coffers by more than $1.75 million.

1) Chairs Zane and Brady Carruth chose the lavish Italian “Carnavale” theme, which captivated guests from the moment they entered the Wortham Theater.

2) Longtime HGO stalwarts Bobbie-Vee and Jerry Cooney.

3) HGO Artistic Director Patrick Summers with philanthropist Margaret Alkek Williams and HGO Managing Director Perryn Leech at “Carnevale di Venezia”.

4) Jana and Scotty Arnoldy enjoying a moment on the dance floor.

5) After-party chairs Sverre and Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl with Elizabeth Abraham Colombowala and Brian McCulloch.




Career And Recovery Resources


The 21st Annual Barrier Breaker Award Luncheon presented by Career and Recovery Resources, Inc. was a sellout, with 600 guests turning out to honor two Houston leaders, Mayor Sylvester Turner and former Harris County Judge Robert A. Eckels. Emcee Spencer Tillman of CBS Sports enticed auction bidders with a helicopter tour of Houston and a weekend Kemah cruise. The event raised $237,000 to help the United Way agency fund its mission to help people overcome barriers to employment.

1) Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner with Career and Recovery Resources CEO Dr. Vernus C. Swisher and former Harris County Judge Robert Eckels at the Barrier Breaker Award Luncheon.

2) Luncheon co-chair David Mincberg with Steven Wells and co-chair Lainie Gordon.

3) Janice Weaver and Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo.

4) Ed Smith and Brendon Halford.

5) Luncheon emcee Spencer Tillman, Dr. Vernus Swisher, Mayor Sylvester Turner, Gary Tuma and emcee Cynthia Cisneros at the Barrier Breaker Award Luncheon.




Good Samaritan Foundation


Nurses are often unsung heroes, but every year the “Pearl Ball” puts the nursing profession in the spotlight. Featured speaker Mark Barr, who works in the Trauma Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Ben Taub General Hospital, shared how his experience as an amputee called him to the nursing profession. The Good Samaritan Foundation grants scholarships to Texas nursing students, giving them a chance to follow their heart.

1) The Good Samaritan Foundation’s Pearl Ball drew more than 200 guests, including Adam and Ruthie Miller and Elizabeth and Charlie Leykum.

2) Good Samaritan Foundation chairman Jason Fertitta with Courtney Fertitta.

3) Julie and Marc Boom chat with Caroline Finkelstein at the Pearl Ball.

4) Pearl Ball chairs Bill and Courtney Toomey, M.D. helped raise over $220,000 for nursing scholarships.

5) Featured speaker Mark Barr with Sara Hudgens and Chris McClendon



1) Jacquelyn and Collin Cox chaired the Da Camera gala “Birth of the Cool” and Sarah Rothenberg, Artistic and General Director of Da Camera, donated a private home recital as an auction prize. (Photo: Roswitha Vogler)

2) Nico Roussel with Teresa Proctor and Ab Sengupta at the Da Camera gala, which produces and presents original ensemble music. (Photo: Roswitha Vogler)

3) American Leadership Forum (ALF) honorees Ileana and J. Michael Trevino with fellow honorees Ann and J. Kent Friedman. The Trevinos received the ALF Public Service Award, while the Friedmans were presented with the Joseph Jaworski Leadership Award.

4) Gordon Quan chows down on mudbugs at The Women’s Home 7th annual Crawfish Boil, which raises funds to help disadvantaged women regain independence.

5) (L-R): Crawfish Boil chairs JP Yorro, Meghan Yorro, Katy Boatman and Logan Boatman have a tasty time for The Women’s Home.


On The Town with Jan Carson August 2017

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