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On The Town with Jan Carson Feb 2015

A sell-out crowd is anticipated for Texas Children’s Cancer Center’s 10th anniversary “An Evening with a Legend” honoring President George W. Bush. Chaired by Lynn Baird, Flo Crady, Emily Crosswell and Ned Torian, the event is set for the Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel on Wednesday, Feb. 25. CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer will host a probing interview with the former President, delving into the critical decisions that shaped his presidency and his life. To attend this memorable event, call 832-824-6917.


Rhapsody in Royal Blue

The Social Book


A constellation of Houston’s philanthropic and community leaders were honored as 2015 “Houston Treasures” at a deluxe announcement dinner party hosted by the Royal Sonesta Houston. It’s the 12th year for the awards, created by effervescent Warner Roberts. Social Book publisher Scott Evans produces the most amazing Treasures evening every year, and this year’s “Rhapsody in Royal Blue” hit a new high. Honorees will also be feted at the huge Social Book launch party on Jan. 22 at the Hilton Americas-Houston.

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1) Phyllis Williams, honoree Merele Yarborough and Judi McGee at the Houston Treasures Announcement Dinner.

2) Lorraine Wulfe and “Houston Treasure“ honoree Ed Wulfe.

3) Vivian Wise and Sergio Morales were among the 260 guests applauding the 2015 Social Book Treasures honorees.

4) Honorees Greggory and Patrick Burk with Becca Cason Thrash who presented the award to the Burks.

5) Social Book editor Jeff Henry with publisher Scott Evans, creator Warner Roberts and Sami Shbeeb.

6) Houston Treasures honoree Sue Trammell Whitfield with her friends Joanne King Herring and Jan Duncan.


Holiday Schmooze

Legacy Community Health Services


PR dynamos Jeff and Kathryn Smith opened their elegant River Oaks home to 200 guests in high-gear Holiday Schmooze mode – all to benefit Legacy Community Health Services. It was the 18th annual cocktail party for Legacy… raising awareness and over $200,000 for the organization that provides quality health care for people living with HIV/AIDS. Last year, Legacy served 4,000 individuals living with HIV, and provided social services to another 4,200 people.

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1) Claire Cormier Thielke and Melanie Gray schmooze it up at the festive gathering benefiting Legacy Community Health Services.

2) Katherine Phelps greets Bo and Courtney Hopson at the front door.

3) Hosts Jeff and Kathryn Smith (l-r), with guests John Evatz and Brian Williams, opened their beautiful home for the fundraiser.

4) Lauren Hall and Sid Moorhead were among the 200 friends and supporters.

5) Jay Tatum chatting with Maricarmen Tamez at the Holiday Schmooze.


Magical Musical Morning

Houston Symphony


The menu of silver dollar pancakes and pigs in blankets is a bit different from your typical fundraiser fare, but the kids loved it! After all, the Houston Symphony’s “Magical Musical Morning” is a family celebration, and children bounced from face painting to making jingle bells to the Instrument Petting Zoo. Of course the longest line was for pictures with the man of the season – Santa Claus himself. Guests also enjoyed a live performance by Houston Symphony Violinist Rodica Gonzalez and her 7-year- old son Matthew.

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1) Carolyn and Sophia Mohsenzadeh pay a visit to the ever popular Santa Claus.

2) Houston Symphony “Magical Musical Morning” co-chair Kim Lucas with Vicki West and co-chair Lilly Andress.

3) Demonstrating some early musical talent, Sasha and Vivek Subbiah have fun at the Magical Musical Morning.

4) Cynthia and Taliana Onstott with Frosty the Snowman.

5) Betsy Garlington showed off her Christmas sweater to “Honorary Grandmother” Sybil F. Roos and Betty Tutor.




The spotlight in this month’s “Out and About” is on the twin daughters of former President George W. Bush at the Theta Charity Antiques Show; along with a good- natured food fight to benefit the hungry; hot guys strutting on the runway to help Bo’s Place; a walk for neglected animals, and a fun party celebrating support for The University of St. Thomas.

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1) Barbara Pierce Bush with Theta Charity Antiques Show Chair Lisa Schwartz and Jenna Bush Hager at the preview party for the 62nd Antiques Show. More than 1,000 guests attended.

2) The Houston offices of the Big Four accounting firms – Deloitte,
EY, KPMG and PWC – came together for a “Food Fight” to support the Houston Food Bank. A total of 120 volunteers filled over 9,000 food sacks!

3) The guys may have walked the runway but the gals ran the show! From left, “Una Notte in Italia” chairs Christie Sullivan, Debbie Festari and Jennifer Brown. Bo’s Place benefited from the most successful event in 17 years!

4) The Mithoff and Mafrige families took part in the Houston SPCA’s 4th annual “iWalk for Animals”, helping to raise almost $300,000 for abused and neglected animals.

5) Leisa Holland Nelson, C.C. Conner and Barbara Van Postman attend a Membership Tea, celebrating a successful campaign benefiting The University of St. Thomas Performing Arts Society.


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