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On The Town with Jan Carson –
July 2017

Happy July 4th! If you’re heading to Galveston for some beach time, don’t forget the kid-friendly attractions at Moody Gardens. The newly renovated Aquarium Pyramid will fascinate as you explore the 1.5 million-gallon home to seals, stingrays, sharks and those cute tuxedo-clad penguins! The Rainforest Pyramid gets you up close and personal with river otters, monkeys and exotic birds. And don’t forget Da Vinci: The Exhibition – a hands-on learning experience at Discovery Museum with more than 60 life-size inventions. Moodygardens.com has all the info you need to make plans.



American Heart Association


The 13th year for the Go Red for Women Campaign proved to be a lucky number for the American Heart Association. Luncheon chairs Vicki and John Crum smashed all previous records… raising more than $1 million to fight heart disease and stroke. TV celebrity Joan Lunden added her star power, urging guests to take ownership of their health and become their own best advocate. The Houston campaign is on track to set a national best by enlisting 100 Circle of Red members to each pledge $5,000 for a half-million dollar goal.

1) Go Red for Houston luncheon emcees Ilona Carson and Gina Gaston from ABC/13.

2) Liz Ghrist chats with keynote speaker Joan Lunden and Bill McKeon.

3) Go Red for Women Campaign chairs John and Vicki Crum.

4) Martha Plunket with Robyn Barnes and Melissa McAnelly at Go Red for Women.

5) Mary Ann Wilkins joins Jeff Whetzel and Kristen McDade.




2017 Houston Symphony Ball


Guests at the 2017 Houston Symphony Ball were transported back to the glory days of Las Vegas as they entered the Marriott Marquis Houston ballroom. Ball chairs Christina and Mark Hanson tapped many of their Symphony friends to help them raise more than $1.6 million for Education and Community Programming. Honorary Chair Marie Taylor Bosarge joined Auction Chairs Beth Wolff and Farida Abjani; Entertainment Chairs Danielle and Joshua Batchelor; and After Party Chairs Candace and Brian Thomas in making the evening a huge success!

1) Sydney Bosarge with Andrew Bosarge and 2017 Houston Symphony Gala Honorary Chair Marie Taylor Bosarge.

2) Christina and Mark Hansen served as Chairs of the 2017 Houston Symphony Ball. Mark is Executive Director & CEO of the Houston Symphony.

3) Ball After Party Chairs Candace and Brian Thomas kept the dancing going until well past midnight.

4) Beth Wolff and Farida Abjani helmed the successful Symphony Ball auction, which included a first-class Vegas getaway courtesy of Landry’s.

5) Symphony Ball Honorees Robert and Jane Cizik received the Ima Hogg Philanthropy Award for their generosity to Houston nonprofits.




The Mission Of Yahweh

Warner Roberts, who has a heart as big as Texas, now has a building named in her honor! It’s a testament to Warner’s amazing dedication and devotion to The Mission of Yahweh homeless shelter for women and children. Warner spearheaded the construction of the very first dormitory in 1981. There are now 13 buildings on campus. More than 100 friends and fans congratulated Warner, who has worked on eight galas for the Mission, helping to raise more than $3 million. A true Wonder Woman!

1) Joyce Pankonien and honoree Warner Roberts with framed articles about Sister Gay, the late founder of The Mission of Yahweh.

2) Becky Hollands, Pam Lochard and Beth Wolff were among friends and family who gathered to celebrate Warner.

3) Warner’s husband Bob Warner with Cliff Roberts Sr. and Cliff Roberts, Jr. look on as the new building plaque is revealed.

4) Pamela Wright with Paul-David Van Atta, who helped Warner with many events for The Mission.

5) Mission of Yahweh’s Tanya Frye and Monica Hartland.





Houston’s top “foodie gala” was officially kicked off by the March of Dimes. That event tops Out and About this month, along with a retirement celebration honoring a leader who has helped thousands of women in crisis; award-winning filmmakers in Houston to promote their latest documentary series; and a wine pairing dinner at Tony’s with a side dish of amazing tunes!

1) Kemah Blair, Kathy Mann and Christie Sullivan are flanked by flappers at the kick-off event for the Gatsby themed March of Dimes Signature Chefs gala set for October 26. The foodie event features 25 of Houston’s top chefs and is chaired by Christie and Mark Sullivan and Kathy and Paul Mann, with Cora Sue and Harry Mach serving as Community Honorees.

2) The Women’s Home CEO Paula Paust (center) retired recently after an amazing 25 years leading the residential program for women in crisis! She is joined by Jeanie Kilroy and Susan Baker. Paula’s leadership enabled The Women’s Home to become a national model for residential rehabilitation.

3) Award-winning documentary filmmakers Ken Burns (center) and Lynn Novick with Houston Public Media associate vice president and general manager, Lisa Shumate. Their latest project, The Vietnam War, a 10-part, 18-hour documentary, airs this fall on Houston Public Media TV 8.

4) “Hold the Lyme” was the theme of a cocktail evening at Tootsies in support of the Texas Lyme Disease Association. From left, jewelry designer Claudia Lobao with Heather Liskow.

5) Jane Page Crump and Jo Ann Peterson at “An Evening with Friends,” a Wine Dinner at Tony’s restaurant to support The Women’s Fund for Health, Education and Resiliency. Vocalist Mary Griffin wowed the crowd.



On The Town with Jan Carson July 2017

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