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On The Town with Jan Carson –
December 2016


In the midst of Christmas parties and holiday celebrations – an iconic moment occurs in Houston’s broadcast history this month. At 6 p.m. on Dec. 9, Dave Ward will deliver his trademark “Good Evening Friends” for the final time in his record 50-year tenure as news anchor and reporter at ABC/13. Friends and colleagues will gather in the studio as Dave says goodbye, and we will all be fighting back tears. But Dave isn’t retiring. He begins another life chapter soon, from his new office in “The Dave Ward Building – Crime Stoppers of Houston.” The ribbon will be cut next month for the first ever Crime Stoppers Headquarters anywhere in the world! It is a fitting honor for Dave, and a lasting tribute to a beloved news anchor, who always delivered the news in an objective, reassuring style, with a big dose of warmth, wit and wisdom. We love you Dave!

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“Celebrating History In The Making”

Crime Stoppers of Houston

PHOTO CREDIT: ROSWITHA VOGLER

A starry night indeed for Crime Stoppers of Houston as the crime-fighting organization honored Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, and celebrated Dave Ward for earning the Guinness World Record for 50 years as anchor and reporter at ABC/13. CNBC’s Billion Dollar Buyer Tilman Fertitta was on hand to introduce surprise guest, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly. Another star, Pulitzer Prize- winning Boston Globe reporter Michael Rezendes, revealed the real life story behind the Academy Award-winning movie Spotlight, where he was portrayed by actor Mark Ruffalo. More than $435,000 was raised for crime prevention programs.

Celebrating History in the Making

1) Featured speaker Michael Rezendes of the Boston Globe joins Crime Stoppers Executive Director Rania Mankarious, guest of honor Dave Ward of ABC/13 and event co-ordinator Laura Ward at the Crime Stoppers Gala.

2) Retired Astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent a year aboard the International Space Station, talked about his historic mission and paid tribute to his friend Dave Ward.

3) Landry’s Chairman & CEO Tilman Fertitta introduced Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, honoree of the Crime Stoppers gala, “Celebrating History in the Making.”

4) Vicki Rizzo with Constable Alan Rosen, who was part of a strong law enforcement presence at the Crime Stoppers gala.

5) Former U.S. Attorney Don DeGabrielle chats with Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson.

 

“Stiletto Strut”

Baylor College of Medicine

Breast cancer survivors and their passionate supporters took a short but significant “Stiletto Strut” in The Galleria to raise awareness and funds for the Lester & Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine. While a few ladies walked in their sky high stilettos, most “strutters” chose comfort over style. They enjoyed a Neiman Marcus runway presentation and opened their hearts and wallets to buy raffle tickets and donate to purchase a Taft McWhorter original artwork, “Freedom,” which will be on display to encourage patients at the Smith Breast Center.

 Stiletto Strut

1) Neiman Marcus G.M. Bob Devlin, Peggy Carrington and Kent Osborne, M.D., Director of the Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at BCM at “Stiletto Strut” for Baylor College of Medicine.

2) Emily Sedgwick, M.D. with David Aguilar. Dr. Sedgwick received the C. Kent Osborne Award for Medical Excellence for her work as Director of Breast Imaging at the Lester & Sue Smith Breast Center.

3) Trish Georgio and Trish Hayes joined a throng of supporters who strutted in The Galleria in support of breast cancer survivors.

4) Daniel Alvarado, Debbie Alvarado, Mothaffar Rimwai and Julie Nangia, M.D. Debbie was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer at the age of 25 and was successfully treated by Dr. Nangia at the Smith Breast Center.

5) Trish Morille, longtime supporter of the Smith Breast Center, with “Stiletto Strut” emcee Jan Carson.

 

“Flashback To The ’40s”

Mission of Yahweh

It’s the dream of every gala chair to have their guests dress to the theme, and Kathi and Bill Rovere and Mary Ann and David McKeithan were thrilled that fully a third of party-goers at “Flashback to the ‘40s” were virtually unrecognizable in vintage clothing and hairstyles. Demonstrations of the jitterbug, the swing and tap dances were followed by a dance contest with Mel Keike and Linda Lorelle bringing home “Best Dancer” trophies. The 55th anniversary celebration brought in $350,000 for the Mission of Yahweh homeless shelter for abused women and children.

Stiletto Strut

1) Chairs of the “Flashback to the ‘40s” gala for the Mission of Yahweh, Bill and Kathi Rovere with Mary Ann and David McKeithan

2) Megan Blaisdell, Sarah Hartland, Maston Allen and Anne Burgot channel the ‘40s in vintage costumes.

3) Monica Hartland Blaisdell, Pam Lochard and Warner Roberts.

4) Margaret Alkek Williams with Jim Daniel at “Flashback to the ‘40s”.

5) Honorees Julie Pitts and Samantha Kennedy dressed in ‘40s costumes and vintage hairstyles.

 

Out And About

PHOTO CREDITS: DANIEL ORTIZ; KIM COFFMAN; DAVID SMITH; CHINH PHAN

A behind the scenes tour of Alley Theatre followed by a ‘70s themed disco dance tops Out and About this month, along with a big fundraiser for HBU’s Center for Law and Liberty; Pat Green in the spotlight for TIRR; a celebration for the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, and Amazing Place celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Layout 1 Out And About

1) Brandon Weinbrenner with chairs Elizabeth and Benjamin Smith at the Alley Theatre Scene Opening Act party, attended by 200 supporters dressed in ‘70s disco glam celebrating the Alley’s 70th season.

2) Guests at Houston Baptist University’s 2016 Spirit of Excellence gala applauded award recipients (l-r) Elizabeth and John W. Gibson, Jr and Sue and Robert Sloan. Political columnist Peggy Noonan delivered the keynote address.

3) Country singer Tracy Lawrence joins Kristin and Raul Abello and featured performer Pat Green at the “Two-steppin’ with TIRR Foundation” benefitting the Moran Camp Xtreme.

4) Jim Daniel, Alecia Lawyer, honoree Margaret Alkek Williams and Randa and Charles Williams at the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra’s annual gala following the season opening concert.

5) Amazing Place, the only local faith-based day program for adults with mild to moderate dementia, commemorated 20 years of service at an anniversary celebration. (L-R)
Lacy Baird, Chair Dan Dinges, Tracey Brown and Karen and Gus Comiskey.

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On The Town with Jan Carson November 2016


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