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On The Town with Jan Carson July 2014

Happy Fourth of July to you! I hope you have lots of fun with family and friends not only during the holiday weekend, but also your summer vacation. Though the social pace slows down at this time of year, there’s still a lot of event planning going on. Coming up August 23rd the Italian Cultural & Community Center hosts its 12th annual gala, honoring the “Italian Influence in Medicine”, with funds going this year to DePelchin Children’s Center. Give them a call at 713.524.4222 for more information, and have a terrific July!

Go Red for Women


Photos: Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design

The Hotel ZaZa Ballroom was awash in power red as more than 350 women dressed in the signature color of the American Heart Association and helped bring in close to $500,000 to fight heart disease and stroke. The occasion was the 11th annual Go Red for Women Luncheon, featuring NBC health and nutrition expert Joy Bauer, who quizzed guests on healthy eating. Heart disease and stroke survivors were the guests of honor at the event, and each wore a special tiara.

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1) Deandrea Dillard with NBC health and wellness expert Joy Bauer, who was the keynote speaker at the Go Red for Women Luncheon.

2) Longtime AHA Heart Guild supporters Joann Crassas, Karina Barbieri, Leila Gilbert and Julie Haralson.

3) Keynote speaker Joy Bauer, Dr. Chamette Taylor and KTRK-TV’s Gina Gaston, who has emceed the Go Red luncheon for a decade.

4) Katie Gallagher Pryor, Kristen Rodriguez and Shataria Greene at
Go Red.

5) Jean Chapman, Robyn Barnes, Beth Wolff, Suzy Sherron, Susan Hansen and Circle of Red chair Denice Pittman.


An Evening in Oz


Guests were whisked away to the Emerald City while celebrities dressed as characters from Oz entertained them at the 33rd annual Celebrity Serve. Co-chairs Joan Schnitzer Levy and Gerald Franklin showed their dedication to ESCAPE Family Resource Center and its mission to prevent child abuse and neglect by raising nearly $350,000. KTRK-TV’s Tom Koch and KHOU-TV’s Deborah Duncan kept the bidding lively, with Deborah even breaking out in song at one point!

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1) Lynn Wyatt, Bob Sakowitz, and long-time event chair Joan Schnitzer Levy support the ESCAPE Family Resource Center.

2) Mr. Scarecrow along with “Good Witch” District Court Judge Bonnie Crane Hellums, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, ESCAPE CEO Lidya Osadchey and event co-chair Gerald Franklin.

3) Emcees Deborah Duncan and Tom Koch with Jan Carson and Tim Connolly at the 33rd annual Celebrity Serve.

4) Longtime ESCAPE supporters Bill Sherrill with Dene Hofheinz.

5) Celebrity servers Chad Pitt and Lauren Finkelstein of MIX 96.5 dressed to the Oz theme.



“Models of Success”


Photo credit: Daniel Ortiz

Here’s a runway show that’s about more than just fashion, it’s about the successful life journey of each of the models. The clients of Dress for Success Houston proudly walked the red carpet as emcee Sharron Melton shared their inspirational stories. It was an emotional evening for the women, and the guests who came to support them. The various programs of DFSH not only provide suits for new careers, but also offer continuing education programs that teach the women valuable life skills.




1) Corporate Guild members Kelli Dinneen and Carla Kneipp at “Models of Success”, an evening celebrating the success of clients of Dress for Success Houston.

2) Dress for Success Houston Board Chair Willie Stanfield with Casey Dunn, emcee Sherron Melton and DFSH President Nancy Levicki.

3) Shari Medina, Sandy Hawk, Sherry Forbish at “Models of Success”.

4) Marathon Oil Corporation’s Shawn Hallman, Lisa Beene, Robin Phillips, Aime Martinez, Perla Hernandez and Julie Davidson who all participated in “Send One Suit Week” for DFSH.

5) Guests give a standing ovation for Dress for Success Houston clients who modeled in the event and shared inspiring stories of how DFSH programs helped them transform their lives.


Out and About

Photo Credits: Jenny Antill, Morris Malakoff

A celebration honoring philanthropists Lester and Sue Smith headlines our Out and About section this month, along with a benefit for the Glassell School of Art, the Legendary Art Car Ball, the Menninger Clinic luncheon and the LLS Man & Woman of the Year Competition.

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1) Lester and Sue Smith pose with a giant thank-you card created by young cancer patients at Texas Children’s Cancer Center. The philanthropic duo chaired two “An Evening with Legends” galas, raising a combined total of $41 million that included a dollar-for-dollar match from The Lester and Sue Smith Foundation.

2) Christopher Gardner, Sara Dodd, Museum of Fine Arts Director Gary Tinterow and Gregory Fourticq, Jr.  enjoy the annual dinner and auction for the Glassell School, featuring works by more than 75 student artists.

3) Outrageous costumes and illuminated art cars stole the show at the Legendary Art Car Ball, presented by Arts Brookfield.  Sam Cole and Nicolas Alvear added to the zany vibe.

4) Actress Mariel Hemingway and author/researcher Brene Brown took part in a candid conversation about mental health issues at the annual luncheon benefiting The Menninger Clinic and honoring Ann Gordon Trammell.

5) Kristen Cannon and Fady Armanious at a Tootsies’ cocktail party for Kristen’s campaign to raise money as The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2014 Woman of the Year. Candidates for LLS Man & Woman of the Year have 10 weeks to raise the most funds.


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