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On The Town with Jan Carson December 2015

Festive private parties will be filling social calendars this month, but there are still some wonderful fundraising events that have become a holiday tradition over the years. One is the Angels of Hope Luncheon and Fashion Presentation for Child Advocates on Dec. 8. Call 713-529-1396 for tickets. This year’s honoree is Sindi Sonnier, who attended the luncheon in 2004 and became passionate for the cause, becoming a court appointed Child Advocate. The other child-oriented holiday themed event is the Houston Symphony Magical Musical Morning on Dec. 6, featuring a visit from Santa, brunch and arts and crafts. Call 713-337-8524 for tickets.



Crime Stoppers


ABC-13 News icon Dave Ward was stunned speechless at the Crime Stoppers Gala when it was announced that the organization’s new building in Midtown will be named “The Dave Ward Building” in honor of his longtime support for Crime Stoppers. Among other surprises in store for Dave were video tributes from former First Lady Barbara Bush and astronaut Scott Kelly from the space station, and a serenade from his friend Steve Tyrell. Guest speaker Ted Koppel was among the VIPs joining Dave the next day as ground was officially broken for the 28,000-square-foot building that will bear Dave’s name.
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1) Crime Stoppers Gala honoree Dave Ward with keynote speaker Ted Koppel and surprise guest Steve Tyrell, who serenaded his longtime friend Dave.

2) Chita Johnson with auction chair Courtney Zubowski Haas at the Crime Stoppers Gala.

3) Executive Director Rania Mankarious stuns Dave by announcing the new Crime Stoppers building on Main will be named “The Dave Ward Building.”

4) Miya Shay and her husband, State Rep. Gene Wu, with ABC-13 anchor Gina Gaston.

5) At the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Crime Stoppers building named for him, Dave Ward shovels dirt next to his wife Laura, along with Rania Mankarious
and Ted Koppel.




Crohn’s And Colitis Foundation

The much-anticipated Women of Distinction Announcement Party revealed the outstanding women who will be in the spotlight on Jan. 23 for the “Age of Aquarius” themed 2016 Winter Ball. The honorees include: Gina Bhatia, Estela Cockrell, Gina Gaston Elie, Lisa Holthouse, Mady Kades, Dee Dee Marsh, Paula Mendoza, JoAnn Petersen, Barbara Van Postman and Lynn Walsh. Phoebe Tudor will serve as the 2016 Ambassador, while Bradlee Few has been named the 2016 young rising star, a new addition to honoree panel. Sisters-in-law Jana Arnoldy and Susan Hansen are co-chairing the Ball, which benefits the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. For tickets call 713-572-2232.

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1) Dick and Susan Hansen, and Jana and Scotty Arnoldy. Susan and Jana are chairing the 2016 ABC-13 Women of Distinction winter gala, benefiting the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

2) Woman of Distinction honoree Estella Cockrell with David Cockrell.

3) Among those on hand for the Women of Distinction Announcement Party: Beth Wolf, honoree Barbara Van Postman, honoree Mady Kades and Evelyn Lightman.

4) Patti and Don Murphy at the Saks Fifth Avenue event.

5) Alan and Elizabeth Stein join Bruce Padilla and Shelby Kibodeaux at the announcement party.





Golden Globe and Academy Award winner Paul Williams shares a message from his heart at the Council on Recovery event in Out and About this month, along with a compelling talk by Glass Castle best-selling author Jeanette Walls; a festive evening for “Eye Care for Kids,” a first-ever event “Sip & Savor” at Houston’s Buffalo Bayou Park; and a celebration of the Moorhead family at the Faith in Practice gala.

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1) The Council on Recovery Annual Luncheon co-chairs Howard and Tammy Lester with Eva Garcia and David Taylor and featured guest Paul Williams. Williams told the crowd substance recovery “is not about willpower or morality. It’s a disease.”

2) Jeanette Walls, best-selling author of Glass Castle, was featured speaker at the Small Steps Nurture & Nourish Luncheon, organized by Angela Lee, Carrye Krouse and Allison Crosswell. Small Steps serves pre-school age at-risk children.

3) Eye Care for Kids hosted the “Whiskey & Wishnow” event at SAKS Fifth Avenue, honoring founder Dr. Irv Wishnow. (l-r)Bernard and Rosie Wishnow, Marcia and “Doc” Wishnow.

4) Pink Ribbons Project launched “Sip & Savor Houston’s Flavors” at Buffalo Bayou Park. Pink Aware Director Jane Weiner with her sister, breast cancer survivor Susan Raftke, who was the inspiration for the Pink Ribbons Project.

5) Faith in Practice, a nonprofit that sends medical missions to Guatemala, honored the family of Dr. Cary Moorhead and raised $615,000. (L-R) Julie Moorhead, Abigail Moorhead, Cary Moorhead, Ruth Moorhead and Don Moorhead.




The Health Museum


The Health Museum picked the perfect honoree for its annual “Hearts of Gold” gala. Margaret Alkek Williams definitely has a 24k heart of gold, giving generously to the arts, medical causes and educational organizations. More than 400 friends and fans of Margaret turned out to raise funds to update The Health Museum into a state-of- the-art interactive learning experience. Event co-chairs Drs. Mary and Paul Klotman and Drs. Julie and Marc Boom joined Honorary Chairs Dr. Devinder and Gina Bhatia in creating the successful evening.

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1) Martin and Kelli Fein chat with honoree Margaret Alkek Williams at the Hearts of Gold gala.

2) Dr. Wayne Franklin and emcee Rachel McNeill at Hearts of Gold.

3) Dr. Melissa Dupree with Dr. Navin Subramanian.

4) Hearts of Gold co-chairs Drs. Marc and Julie Boom and Drs. Paul and Mary Klotman.

5) Patricia Dewhurst, Carolyn Hamilton and Dr. Carlos Hamilton were among 400 guests who helped raise over $380,000 for The Health Museum.


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On The Town with Jan Carson December 2015

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