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On The Town with Jan Carson –
January 2018

JAN-CARSONA New Year is always a time of reflection, both on the past 12 months, as well as our hopes for the brand-new year ahead of us. While 2017 was an extremely challenging year for many people in the Greater Houston area, the lessons of Hurricane Harvey – resilience, determination and compassion for our neighbors – will stand us in good stead as 2018 unfolds. Here’s to a year filled with simple pleasures, abundant love and precious moments to treasure!



‏Children’s Museum of Houston


The vibe was sizzling hot as more than 500 supporters of the Children’s Museum of Houston did their best impressions of Miami Vice cool… white dinner jackets for the guys and vibrant fashions for the gals. Co-chair couples Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia and Molly and Matthew LaFauci upped the “heat” with steamy décor, sultry sounds and a Latin-inspired menu. It all added up to nearly $1 million for innovative child-centered learning programs at the Museum.

1) Honorary gala chairs Millette and Haag Sherman at the Children’s Museum Houston gala.

2) Brooke and Jeff Gunst scored the winning bid on an adorable labradoodle puppy.

3) “Miami Vice” gala co-chairs Dr. Devinder Bhatia and Gina Bhatia with Molly and Matthew LaFauci.

4) John and Lisa Oren joined Carolyn and Garry Tanner in cool “Miami Vice” shades.

5) Underwriting co-chairs Rachel and Sebastien Solar led the effort to raise nearly $1 million for the Children’s Museum of Houston.




Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation


Former First Lady Barbara Bush, a literacy champion for nearly 30 years, was on hand as the Curiosity Cruiser was unveiled at the Power of Literacy luncheon, sponsored by the Ladies for Literacy Guild. The 30-foot custom library on wheels brings free books and fun reading activities to children throughout the city. Longtime literacy advocates Lester and Sue Smith were honored for their generous support.

1) “Literacy Champions” Lester and Sue Smith with former First Lady Barbara Bush at the Power of Literacy luncheon.

2) Luncheon emcee Rachel McNeil with guest speaker Catherine Tamis-LeMonda, professor of Applied Psychology at New York University.

3) Stephanie Tsuru, Betty Hrncir and Trish Morille with mascots Northtale and Owlbotron.

4) Maria Bush, Julie Baker Finck, Melissa Williams and Elaine Croucher helped raise $350,000 for literacy programs for children.

5) Geraldo Santos with Kristen Oesch Stubbs and Rafael Gomez Abreu.




‏Houston Methodist Gala


How’s this for a WOW moment: an anonymous benefactor at the Houston Methodist Gala gives a big gift in honor of the Cockrell family, boosting the total take to a record-setting $3 million! Honorary chairs Janet and Ernie Cockrell were over the moon, as were co-chairs Lisa and Josh Oren. “Rendezvous: Live Young” was an evening filled with gratitude for the early success of Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation’s ambitious $500 million fundraising campaign leading up to its centennial year in 2019.

1) President and CEO of Houston Methodist Dr. Marc Boom and Julie Boom, with gala chairs Lisa Oren and Claudia and Roberto Contreras.

2) Sabiha Rehmatulla and Maria Bush at “Rendezvous: Live Young.”

3) David and Estela Cockrell, Janet and Ernest Cockrell and Stephanie and Ernie Cockrell.

4) Allie and Jay Fields with co-chair Lisa Oren at “Rendezvous: Live Young.”

5) Stephanie Cockrell and Caroline Finkelstein.




‏Houston PetSet


‏Animal lovers gathered at The Astorian to celebrate a year of compassionate giving through Houston PetSet. More than 70 nonprofits that rescue and treat animals shared in a record $700,000 worth of Pet Set grants in 2017. Philanthropists and animal advocates Jan Duncan and Leslie Alexander were honored for their generous contributions to animal-welfare related causes. Supporters committed to make 2018 even more successful on behalf of our furry friends.

1) ‏Houston Pet Set co-founder Tama Lundquist with philanthropist Jan Duncan and co-founder Tena Lundquist Faust.

2) ‏Sheriff Ed Gonzalez with his sweet friend.

3) ‏Ellen Weitz, Bill King and Bailey Dalton-Binion at Houston PetSet’s celebration of giving.

4) ‏John Evatz, Stephanie Eustis and Rob Rutherford

5) ‏Tyson and Tena Faust with Rachel Bagwell and Baseball Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell.l



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