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On The Town with Jan Carson July 2013

The fall social calendar features two of Houston’s most dynamic fundraisers – Rosemary Schatzman and Vanessa Sendukas – who will be honored as Community Volunteers on October 25 at the 2013 Signature Chefs Gala. The popular tasting event, benefiting the March of Dimes, is presented by Wells Fargo and chaired by Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia and Susan and Michael Plank. Franco Valobra, generous jeweler to the social stars, is being saluted as Corporate Honoree. For tickets, call the March of Dimes at 713-964-5415. supporting cast. It’s sure to be a night to remember!

30th Anniversary Gala


A blockbuster of a fundraiser for Covenant House Texas, thanks to over 600 generous supporters who pitched in to raise more than $900,000. It was a perfect way to mark the organization’s 30th anniversary. Gala chairs Julie and Jay Rogers and Guild President Amanda Crump presided over the evening honoring Tonya Hamilton for her dedication to young people. She received the “Ronda G. Robinson Spirit Award”, named after the Executive Director and CEO who has been with CHT since it opened in 1983.


1) Amanda Crump, President of Covenant House Texas Guild, with gala chairs Julie and Jay Rogers.

2) KPRC-TV news anchor and emcee Bill Balleza with Dr. Al Hergenroeder, Chief of Adolescent Medicine at Texas Childrens Hospital, who accepted the Outstanding Community Partner award for TCH.

3) Covenant House Texas resident Davin with guest speaker Crystal Lovings. Crystal is a CHT success story, now a senior at the University of Houston, and applying to Harvard. Good luck Crystal!

4) Hank and Tonya Hamilton, who was honored for her long-time involvement with the young people of Covenant House Texas.

5) Executive Director/CEO of Covenant House Texas Ronda Robinson with CH International president Kevin Ryan, honoree Tonya Hamilton and husband Hank Hamilton.


LBJ Moral Courage Award Dinner


Photo credit: Kim Coffman, Dave Rossman

Bright and sunny yellow was the fashion statement at a cocktail reception celebrating Lemonade Day, co-founded by Lisa and Michael Holthouse. Lisa signed copies of her new book It All Started with a Turtle. The book describes the beginning of the entrepreneurial program which has grown to 150,000 kids in 36 cities in the U.S. and Canada, with hopes of reaching 1 million youngsters in 100 cities.


1) Honoree Father Patrick Desbois greets former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, as Museum Executive Director Susan Myers looks on.

2) Shirley Morgan with husband and Holocaust survivor Bill Morgan.

3) New HMH Board member Father T. J. Martinez with Museum Chair Tali Blumrosen and Benjamin Warren.

4) Houston Mayor Annise Parker with Fred Zeidman, former chair of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council.

5) Barbara and Michael Gamson, chairs of the 2013 LBJ Moral Courage Award Dinner, which raised $1.1 million for Holocaust Museum Houston.

Moonlight Serenade


Photo credit: Kim Coffman

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts was transformed into a verdant garden party setting for the festive “Moonlight Serenade” Gala, benefiting Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS). Chairs Melissa Edwards and Amy and Rob Pierce had lots of surprises in store for the 400 guests, including accomplished performers Brett Cullen, Brent Spiner, Bruce Norris, Sally Mayes and Brad Ellis, the “piano guy” from Glee. The evening of festive entertainment raised more than $615,000 for TUTS programs.


1) “Moonlight Serenade” co-chairs Melissa Edwards and Amy and Rob Pierce.

2) TUTS guests Bill and Stephanie Swingle enjoyed the garden party ambience.

3) Judge Bonnie Crane Hellums and Carel Stith.

4) Heather Snyder and Dan D’Armond enjoyed the performances woven throughout the gala program.

5) Philanthropist and TUTS supporter Margaret Alkek Williams with Jim Daniel.

Out And About

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Organizations that support cancer survivors and work to prevent cancer, are highlighted in our Out and About section this month, along with a VIP movie screening, the Centennial Celebration of the Daughters of the American Revolution and family day at Discovery Green.


1) Pat and Greggory Burk at The River Oaks Theatre for a screening of the award-winning indie short film “Crescendo”. Pattie Mallette (Justin Bieber’s mother) is executive producer.

2) KHOU-TV sports anchor and emcee Bob Allen joins golf pro and cancer survivor Paul Azinger and CanCare’s President Nancy Tucker at the 19th Annual National Cancer Survivors Day Luncheon.

3) DAR Centennial Chair Margo Barry and daughter-in-law Reagan Barry pose next to Margo’s mother’s 1950 wedding dress. Daughters of the American Revolution is one of Houston’s oldest patriotic organizations.

4) Co-chairs Donna Mittendorf and Pamela Lovett with Dorothy Gibbons, co-founder and CEO of The Rose Breast Cancer Organization. The first-time luncheon “Time to Care” drew 250 supporters and raised more than $90,000 for The Rose.

5) Harlan and Julie Bergen with children Walker and Bailey at the “Families on the Green,” a biennial fundraiser for Discovery Green that highlights the park’s best programming. The event raised more than $185,000.

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