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On The Town with Jan Carson –
December 2017

JAN-CARSONThe Houston Astros gave our city an early Christmas present with their brilliant win in the World Series, and this World Championship is a gift that we’ll be treasuring for a long, long time to come! The Astros’ amazing victory lifted the spirits of Harvey-weary Houstonians and showed the world that this team, and this city, share a huge heart. 2017 was the year of #HoustonStrong, and we will keep going strong, as we always do.


Hope for the Future

Foundation For Teen Health


Dr. Peggy Smith has been the driving force behind The Baylor College of Medicine Teen Health Clinics since 1969. She tirelessly advocates for health care for indigent teens and has expanded services from one small maternity clinic to 10 clinics today, offering a range of health care. Dr. Smith’s extraordinary leadership was honored at the Hope for the Future luncheon as Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee presented her with a Congressional proclamation.

1) Teen Health Foundation luncheon co-chair Judge Mike McSpadden and Zeina Fares.

2) Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee presents a Congressional proclamation to Dr. Peggy Smith.

3) Emcee Jan Carson with Teen Health Foundation luncheon co-chair Ray Childress.

4) Sergeant Karren Fields and the Honorable Mike Fields with Annie Beck. The Fields received the Dr. Peggy Smith Award for Professional Excellence.

5) Former NFL star and founder of the Pro Vision Academy Roynell Young (left) received the June & Virgil Waggoner Award for Volunteerism. He joins The Honorable Maria Jackson, Jerri Duddleston Moore and Jim Moore.


Home Safe Home Gala

Aid To Victims Of Domestic Abuse

The annual Home Safe Gala was billed as a “delight for the senses” and it surely delivered with sparkling gems from Tenenbaum Jewelers, tasty creations from 12 superstar chefs and the rhythm of the Kashmere Thunder Soul Marching Band. The festivities gathered 300 supporters of the work of AVDA (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse) and raised more than $300,000. AVDA’s “Heart of Houston” Award went to Bobbie Nau and Ronald D. Krist received The Joseph D. Jamail Award for Justice.

1) Carole and honoree Ronald D. Krist at the “Home Safe Gala” benefiting AVDA.

2 AVDA Board Chair Mark Russell and Sylvia Russell with Paula and
Steve Winter at Crystal Ballroom at the Rice.

3) Mrs. Texas United States, Ann Marie Reigrut, with Chris Williams.

4) Blair Foster, Alyssa Aboloff, Emily Mohn and Hallie McDermott at the
“Home Safe Gala”

5) Trini Mendenhall with Mary Bergeron.



Women of Distinction

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation


Eleven of Houston’s leading ladies shared the spotlight at Tootsie’s as the 2018 ABC13 Women of Distinction were announced. Family and friends in the audience cheered for the honorees, who will be formally presented on January 27 at the annual Winter Ball “Club 31.” Congratulations to Kristy Bradshaw, Amy Pierce, Denise Castillo Rhodes, Leigh Smith, Kristina Somerville, Ileana Trevino, Stephanie Tsuru, Hallie Vanderhider, Sharleen Walkoviak and 2018 Ambassador Carol Sawyer.

1) Women of Distinction honoree Amy Pierce with her husband Rob Pierce.

2) Chris Bradshaw with honoree Kristy Bradshaw at the Tootsie’s announcement party.

3) Winter Ball co-chairs DeeDee Marsh, Alissa Maples and Kelli Weinzierl with Tootsie’s Creative Director Fadi Armanious.

4) Frank and Stephanie Tsuru, who is being honored as a 2018 Woman of Distinction.

5) The Class of 2018 (l-r): Kristy Bradshaw, Amy Pierce, Denise Castillo Rhodes, Leigh Smith, Ambassador Carol Sawyer, Kristina Somerville, Ileana Trevino, Stephanie Tsuru, Hallie Vanderhider and Sharleen Walkoviak.



Out and About


A new “Women of Substance” event to honor community leaders is featured in our Out and About this month, along with a big fundraising evening for AAMA; a spooktacular success in the fight to end childhood cancer; wearing red to raise awareness of heart disease and an inaugural luncheon to help Ronald McDonald House Houston expand its services to more families.

1) Luncheon chair Rachel Regan with Kim Moody, Warner Roberts, Debra Duncan and Alicia Smith at Tenenbaum Jewelers for the announcement party of the Women of Substance honorees. The event benefits the Mission of Yahweh.

2) Truett and Harriet Latimer at the 2017 Spirit of Hope Luncheon benefiting Ronald McDonald House Houston. In its first year, the luncheon raised more than $350,000 for RMH to care for seriously ill children and their families.

3) Martha and Demetrius Navarro chaired the 13th annual AAMA gala, raising more than $250,000 to help at-risk Latinos pursue their highest potential and achieve success.

4) Polly and Jeff Johnson with Elizabeth at the Little Galleria Halloween Spooktacular. All proceeds benefited MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital and its mission to end childhood cancer.

5) Robyn Barnes, Melissa McAnelly and Leila Gilbert at a Guild membership event for the American Heart Association. The Heart Ball, chaired by Cathy and Joe Cleary, is set for February 3.



On The Town with Jan Carson

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