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On The Town with Jan Carson – July 2016

Summer fun is in full swing at Camp For All in Burton, Texas! Little campers and big campers – each with challenging illnesses or special needs – enjoy life-enhancing camping experiences at a 206-acre barrier-free campsite. This unique camp was started 25 years ago and now serves 10,000 campers a year from 64 different nonprofits. Supporters can celebrate at the upcoming Camp For All’s “Superheroes For All” Gala on January 28, honoring Tom Behanick and his family along with Pat Schafer. It’s not too early to call 713-686-5666 to reserve your spot.



2016 Houston Symphony Ball


Samba lines and scantily clad dancers greeted guests at the Carnaval-themed 2016 Symphony Ball, and even those who didn’t attend one of Jana and Scotty Arnoldy’s pre-Ball Salsa dance lesson parties were inspired to try out some new moves on the dance floor. It was an outrageously fun and colorful evening which featured a Brazilian-style dinner, special dance performances and heartfelt tributes to the evening’s honorees —Sybil Roos, Robert Franz and Lindy and John Rydman. The high-flying evening netted more than $1.5 million for Symphony programs.

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1) Houston Symphony Society Board President Steve Mach and Joella Mach with flamboyant Carnaval chairs Jana and Scotty Arnoldy. Jana set the tone for the evening with her spectacular feathered headdress.

2) Valerie and Tracy Dieterich chaired the very successful Symphony Ball After Party with DJ Kalkutta.

3) Honorees Lindy and John Rydman with Brazilian singer Bebel Gilberto and Lisa Rydman.

4) Symphony Ball Auction chairs Mary Ann and David McKeithan snagged plenty of irresistible trips and events for high bidders.

5) Betsey Garlinger and Cathey Cook join honoree Sybil Roos (center) who received the Ima Hoff Philanthropy Award from the Houston Symphony.




March Of Dimes Signature Chefs


One of the most enjoyable events on the fall social calendar was officially kicked off in grand style at the home of Jaci and Jim Smith. The Smiths, along with co-chairs Valerie and Tracy Dieterich, are heading up “VIVA,” the 2016 Signature Chefs Gala on November 2 at Revention Music Center. The “greet and graze” event features menu samplers from 25 of the city’s top chefs, as well as entertainment and a live auction. Community honorees are Jana and Scotty Arnoldy, who have been very active in nonprofit fundraising in recent years.


1) Jim and Sherry Smith with kick-off hosts Jaci and Jim Smith, who are co-chairing the November 2 March of Dimes Signature Chefs event.

2) Adding some WOW to the evening, an exotic dancer joins Signature Chefs’ Community Honorees Scotty and Jana Arnoldy.

3) Valerie and Tracy Dieterich are co-chairs of the upcoming Signature Chefs evening.

4) Maria and David Perez were in the kick-off crowd at the home of Jaci and Jim Smith.

5) Dr. Vivek Subbiah with Ishwaria Subbiah.




The Menninger Clinic Annual Luncheon


Heisman Trophy winner, UT Longhorn and former NFL player Ricky Williams talked candidly about life after football during a wide-ranging interview with ESPN Sportscaster Chris Fowler. And since it was the annual luncheon for The Menninger Clinic, the football star also discussed the need to diminish the stigma associated with mental illness. The luncheon, which focused on hope and healing, honored Robert C. Wilson III, Chair of the Menninger Clinic Board of Directors. The crowd of supporters and sports fans raised $575,000 for treatment, education and research.

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1) Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL player Ricky Williams with Menninger Clinic President and CEO Dr. C. Edward Coffey, Kathy Coffey and ESPN Sportscaster Chris Fowler at The Menninger Clinic Luncheon.

2) Laura Bonck, Mary Ellen Perkinson and Dr. Kathy Flanagan.

3) Will Robertson and Beth Robertson with Miller Crosswell.

4) Co-chairs Allen and Carol Lee Lyons with Menninger Clinic Luncheon Chairs Lela and Robin Gibbs.

5) Whitney Easterling with her parents, Sally and Jim Easterling, at the Menninger Clinic Luncheon.






The leadership torch has been passed at the Can Care organization. That happening is featured in this month’s Out and About, along with plans for a longtime popular holiday event benefiting children; a new effort to provide funding for fighting lung cancer; a 10-year celebration for Recipe for Success and Fabretto Children’s Foundation gears up for its third gala.

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1) Outgoing CanCare CEO Nancy Tucker “passes the torch” to incoming CEO Cristina Vetrano at CanCare’s National Cancer Survivors Day Luncheon.

2) Houston Junior Woman’s Club presents its 33rd annual Holiday Happening Luncheon, holiday market and auction on October 17. Pictured are Peggy Briers, Debbie Gravatt and Brenda Barzilla at last year’s market.

3) Rexanna’s Foundation for Fighting Lung Cancer held a successful “Huddle Up” fundraiser this spring and already has another set for February 11. (L-R) Co-chairs John and Lynne Averett, Lisa Spain and Michell and Dr. Don Gibbons, Director of MD Anderson’s Thoracic/Head and Neck Oncology.

4) Terry Wayne Jones joins Chef Monica Pope and Recipe for Success’ Bob Cavnar at the 10 Chef/10 course celebration of the 10th anniversary of Recipe for Success.

5) Fabretto Children’s Foundation and Luvi and Carlos Wheelock held a kickoff event for “Houston Night for Ninos” set for October 13. Luvi Gonzales is to the right of the Wheelocks.


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On The Town with Jan Carson July 2016

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