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On The Town with Jan Carson January 2016

Each year I’m surprised by how quickly the New Year arrives, and here we are with fresh new 2016 calendars, and bright and shiny resolutions. One commitment that’s easy to keep is attending fun events to raise funds for so many community causes. On our personal calendar this month: The 29th Annual Gala “A Time for Moores” benefiting the Moores School of Music at UH on January 28. Tom Becker and Jim Rosenfeld are chairing and Sybil F. Roos is the honoree. It’s an evening filled with fabulous music, so join in!




Glitz and glamour surrounded former First Lady Barbara Bush at the Audrey Hepburn Society Ball, but the down-to- earth matriarch took it all in stride, giving brief remarks before quipping, “I’m 90 years old and I’m going home!” The beloved Mrs. Bush was the center of attention as she received the Margaret Alkek Williams Humanitarian Award, but five-time Grammy winner Faith Hill also wowed the crowd, especially with her a cappella version of “Amazing Grace”. Chairing the evening that brought in $800,000 for UNICEF programs were Nidhika and Pershant Mehta, Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia, Molly and Jim Crownover, Beth Madison and Penny and Paul Loyd.

Audrey Hepburn Society Ball UNICEF

1) Five-time Grammy winner Faith Hill chats with honoree Barbara Bush, who received the Margaret Alkek Williams Humanitarian Award.

2) US Fund for UNICEF President & CEO Caryl Stern with Pierce Bush, honoree Barbara Bush and Margaret Alkek Williams

3) Robin King with his mother Joanne King Herring, along with Faith and Lee Majors at the Audrey Hepburn Society Ball.

4) Barbara Bush shares a private moment with Lynn Wyatt .

5) Nidhika and Pershant Mehta were among the chairs for the Audrey Hepburn Society Ball.



Texas Children’s Cancer Center


There’s nothing like the roar of applause to boost a child’s spirit, especially when they’re going through difficult cancer treatment. The young models that walked the runway at the 8th annual Celebration of Champions were beaming as they were escorted by outstanding Houston community volunteers. It was a fun, upbeat salute that raised serious money — over $320,000 — for the Long Term Survivor Program and TCCC. Chairs Scott Basinger, Sidney Faust, Judi McGee and Elsie Eckert are passionate about helping young cancer patients and their families.

Layout 1 Celebration of Champions Texas Children's Cancer Center

1) Alicia Smith and her sons Cole and Chandler walk the runway with Ellie Stuckey at the 8th annual Celebration of Champions luncheon, benefiting Texas Children’s Cancer Center.

2) Tiffany Smith and her husband, Texans GM Rick Smith, walk with Kaiy Matthews to the applause of more than 400 guests.

3) Penny and Paul Loyd were in the spotlight at the Celebration of Champions along with cancer patients Sarah Beth Mathis and Jenna Green.

4) Tony Gracely and young Alejandro Mendoza show some serious attitude, as Mary Gracely and Aniya Donarine strut their stuff.

5) This is the 8th year that chairs Scott Basinger, Sidney Faust, Judi McGee and Elsie Eckert have been involved with Celebration of Champions.



The Houston Ballet


A beloved Houston holiday tradition has once again filled the coffers of the Houston Ballet Foundation, benefiting the Academy and Scholarship Programs. The 35th annual Nutcracker Market, chaired by Philamena Baird, attracted more than 100,000 shoppers and grossed $6.4 million! The four-day shopping extravaganza featured two luncheon fashion shows and a preview party, and was supported by a cast of more than 1,300 loyal Houston Ballet volunteers who help make it all possible.

The Nutcracker Market The Houston Ballet

Layout 1  Nutcracker Market The Houston Ballet

1) The Houston Ballet’s Stanton Welch with Nutcracker Market Chair Philamena Baird and Houston Ballet General Manager Jim Nelson at the Wells Fargo Preview Party which drew 4000 shoppers.

2) The Houston Ballet’s Parker Finley and Cory Ogdahl.

3) Jill Szoke, Mindy Gerber and Jen Remaud try on furs following the Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Show & Luncheon.

4) The Macy’s Fashion Show and Luncheon also drew a huge crowd. Pictured are Krista Mosier, Katherine Whaley, Philamena Baird and Regina Garcia.

5) Saks Fifth Avenue Luncheon co-chairs Susan Sarofim and her daughter Kelly Krohn.





A luncheon started by three daughters as a way to honor their late mother has now NETTED over $1 million for the Assistance League of Houston! More on that in Out and About this month, along with plans in the works for the March 23 “On the Move” luncheon; a look at the Bone Bash Gala; and a very special event that raised nearly $700,000 for Holocaust Museum Houston.

Out and About January 2016

1) The 24th annual Mary Jo Peckham Luncheon & Fashion Show, benefiting the Assistance League of Houston, drew an enthusiastic crowd including Ann Berry, honorees Kathryn and Jeff Smith, Leila Gilbert and Liz Jameson. Ann, Leila and Liz created the luncheon in memory of their mother, a longtime League volunteer.

2) Co-chairs Deborah Duncan, Katie Brass and Alicia Smith make plans for the March 23 On the Move Luncheon, benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Katie has had MS for nine years. For tickets contact the MS Society at 713-394-2965.

3) Co-chairs Michael and Carol Goldberg, and Kelli Cohen Fein and Martin Fein, at Holocaust Museum Houston’s “Guardians of the Human Spirit” award luncheon that honored Velva and Fred Levine.

4) Co-chairs Heather Holmes, Melanie Rothwell and Roseann Rogers at “Lonestar Wonderland,” the annual Trees of Hope Gala benefiting the Star of Hope Mission.

5) Honorees Aubrie Layne and Elizabeth Palomo at the Bone Bash Gala, benefiting the Arthritis Foundation.


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On The Town with Jan Carson January 2016

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