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On The Town with Jan Carson – February 2016

It’s surprising how many couples I know who have a Valentine’s Day anniversary. My husband always jokes that the pre-Valentines hoopla ensures that he’ll never forget our anniversary on “Sweetheart Day.” He never has… and this will be #20! There’s another milestone event this month… Susan G. Komen® Houston celebrates 25 years of funding breast cancer research and saving lives by “Painting the Night Pink” at its Feb. 20 gala. Jane Parker and Judy Smith chair the gala, which honors philanthropists Lester and Sue Smith. In honor of its silver anniversary, Komen Houston wants to raise enough funds to provide 25,000 mammograms for at-risk women and men in the greater Houston area. For tickets call Komen at 713-783-9188.



Teen Health Foundation

The personal testimony of a teen mother provided a powerful moment at the Teen Health Foundation annual luncheon “Hope for the Future.” Leandra DeWitt shared how the tools she learned in the Centering Pregnancy program at the Baylor College of Medicine Teen Health Clinic are helping her raise her baby while continuing on to college. The audience enthusiastically applauded Leandra, as well as two outstanding community leaders – former Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst and community volunteer Phyllis Williams – who received awards for their dedication to children’s causes. Teen Health Clinics provide essential health care to young people who otherwise would go without it.

 Hope for the Future Teen Health Foundation

1)     David Dewhurst received the Dr. Peggy Smith Award for Professional Excellence from Teen Health Foundation luncheon chair Zeina Fares.

2)     Auction co-chair Annie Beck, honoree Phyllis Williams and auction co-chair Lauren Randle. Phyllis received the June and Virgil Waggoner Award for Volunteerism.

3)     Judge Jay Karahan, Judge Maria Jackson, Judge Clarese Yates and Judge Michael McSpadden were among the many dignitaries at the luncheon.

4)     Sonny Jiles with Trini Mendenhall and Donna Vallone.

5)     Tricia Dewhurst, Kelli Cohen Fein, Rosemary Schatzman and Gina Gaston at “Hope for the Future.”





More than 200 supporters of Legacy gathered for the annual “Holiday Schmooze” at the gorgeous River Oaks manse of Jim Reeder and Eric Nevil. The home was lavishly decorated for Christmas, and the giving spirit was definitely in the air as more than $200,000 was raised for a variety of HIV AIDS advocacy and education programs. Legacy CEO Katy Caldwell and Development Director Chree Boydston joined the hosts in welcoming loyal supporters who schmoozed the night away! ­­­

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1)     Greg Harger with Lisa Foronda and Mike Holloman at the Legacy’s “Holiday Schmooze.”

2)     Jay Landa and Tim Moloney.

3)     Legacy supporters Jorge Landry Cantu, Richard Werner, Yvonne Cormier and Tony Bravo.

4)     Michael and Melissa Mithoff joined the crowd.

5)     Dr. Ann and Matt Barnes.



Houston Methodist Hospital


Stellar honorees and hard-working event chairs led to record-setting success for Houston Methodist’s biennial fundraising gala. “Rendezvous with Houston Methodist” raised a remarkable $2.5 million for research, education and patient care in the system’s seven hospitals. Chairs Cam and Rod Canion and Elizabeth and Peter Wareing drew 1,300 guests to help honor Emily A. Crosswell, the John S. Dunn Foundation, Occidental Petroleum Corporation and Sanford I. Weill. The honorees were celebrated by friends, family and colleagues in a video presentation introduced by emcee Melissa Wilson of FOX 26.

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1)     It’s a family affair as Ross and Sarah Jane Canion join event co-chairs Cam and Rod Canion and Laura and Brett Chiles at the record-setting “Rendezvous with Houston Methodist” gala.

2)     Honoree Sanford I. Weill with Margaret Alkek Williams, Jim Davis and Dr. Antonio Gotto, Jr.

3)     Laura Wheless with event co-chair Elizabeth Wareing and Julie Aldrich.

4)     Dr. Jeremy Finkelstein and Caroline Finkelstein.

5)     Peggy and Gary Edwards.




A celebration of families who volunteer together to help the poor of Guatemala headlines Out and About this month, while Interfaith Ministries spotlighted the vast needs of refugees in the Greater Houston area, the Greater Houston Community Foundation made a major announcement and the Houston Symphony Society created a memorable musical morning for its youngest supporters.

Out and About Feb 2016

 Out and About Feb 2016

1)     Julie Moorhead joins Abigail Moorhead, Dr. Cary Moorhead, Ruth Moorhead and Don Moorhead at a fundraising dinner for “Faith in Practice”, a nonprofit that sends medical missions to Guatemala. The event honored the Moorhead family and raised over $615,000 for programs.

2)     Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston’s “For All Humanity Luncheon” raised a record amount for IM’s Refugee Services

program. (L–R) Souad Bejjani, Susan Boggio, Kelli Cohen Fein and emcee Gina Gaston.

3)     Habiba Dhanani, Nihala Zakaria and Mandy Kao were among 340 guests at the Interfaith Ministries luncheon. Zakaria received IM’s Refugee Services Humanitarian Award.

4)     Gus and Karen Comiskey at an event announcing that the Greater Houston Community Foundation is launching the Center for Family Philanthropy, to inspire families to make an impact across generations.

5)     Madison Mann joined other young Symphony supporters at Magical Musical Morning “Jingle Bell Rock,” chaired by Kathy Mann and Carolyn Mann. They were entertained by Houston Symphony violinist Rodica Gonzalez and her 7-year-old son Matthew.




On Dec. 13, Houston Public Media hosted two Downton Abbey season 6 premiere screenings at the nostalgic Cristal Palace Spiegeltent at Bayou Bend Collections and Gardens.

Diehard fans of the show – the most popular ever on the PBS series Masterpiece – had a chance to see the first episode of the final season a month before its U.S. debut. Fans dressed in Downton Abbey attire – circa 1920s Britian – for the “Dress for Downtown” costume contest. The cast of Houston Public Media’s Emmy Award winning Manor of Speaking were in attendance and hosted a Q&A session after the premiere.

 Downtown Abbey Preview Party Layout 1

1)     First-place costume contest winners at Houston Public Media’s 3 p.m. Houston screening of Downton Abbey were (l-r) Melissa Kaye, Irene Brackenridge, Carol Jukes and Rhonda Onwere.

2)     Sara Aaron and Virginia Nowak pose in front of their favorite characters at a Houston Public Media’s screening of Downton Abbey at the Cristal Palace Spiegeltent at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens.


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On The Town with Jan Carson February 2016

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