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On The Town with Jan Carson – June 2016

On June 2, the Holocaust Museum Houston continues to celebrate its 20th anniversary with the 2016 Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award Dinner. Kelli Cohen Fein and Martin Fein join Rosalyn and Barry Margolis in chairing this special evening which honors the Bielski Brothers, Jewish partisans who helped rescue over 1,200 Jews. Their story was depicted in the 2008 film Defiance, starring Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber. The award will be accepted by Assaela Bielski Weinstein, daughter of Asael Bielski. Award-winning journalist Ted Koppel will serve as emcee. For tickets call HMH at 713-942-7953.



Partnership For Baylor College Of Medicine


There was some real magic working at the “Magic of Motown” gala and it surprised even co-chairs Carol Sawyer and Robin Young-Ellis. Philanthropists Lester and Sue Smith announced to the stunned crowd of 450 guests that they were committing $10 million to support treatment and research at the Baylor College of Medicine Lung Institute. Add the gala proceeds of over $718,000 and it was enough to bring tears to the eyes of many in the room. The Smiths got a surprise themselves when Baylor President Dr. Paul Klotman told them the new clinic would bear the name “The Lester and Sue Smith Lung Clinic”. A well deserved honor.

Magic of Motown

1) Chris and Leigh Joseph at “Magic of Motown” for the Partnership for Baylor College of Medicine.

2) Emcee Lisa Malosky and her husband Don Friedell.

3) Dr. Paul Klotman with Sue and Lester Smith, Dr. David Sugarbaker, Ora Gibson, Carol Sawyer and Robin Young-Ellis as the impressive check was unveiled.

4) Michael and Kimberly Cutchall dancing to Motown tunes.

5) Lester and Sue Smith with Lester’s daughter Shelly Smith Hendry and son Stuart Smith.




Houston Grand Opera

The Carousel theme of the 2016 Houston Grand Opera was interpreted to perfection by Richard Flowers and the Events Co., delighting guests with colorful carousel horses dancing under sparkling disco balls. Chairs Donna Josey Chapman and Max Chapman helmed the successful evening which raised $1.4 million. Entertainment included 10 dancers performing the “Carousel Ballet” from the opera. Kendall and Christopher Hanno chaired “Encore,” the After Opera Ball party geared to young professionals.


1) HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers with 2016 Opera Ball Chairs Donna Josey Chapman and Max Chapman and HGO Managing Director Perryn Leech.

2) Long-time Houston Grand Opera patron Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel.

3) Lynn Wyatt in a spectacular Gucci gown.

4) Becca Cason Thrash and Suzanne Saperstein.

5) Drs. Suresh and Renu Khator at the Ball.




Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation


The Houston Texans’ J.J. Watt had a starring role at the 22nd annual “Celebration of Reading” for the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation. Watt escorted the First Lady on the stage, and then joked about her loyalty to him after seeing Mrs. Bush’s recent video with Rockets star Dwight Howard. Former President George H.W. Bush received a standing ovation, and the audience was further captivated by anecdotes shared by a lineup of outstanding authors, including Pulitzer Prize-winner and Bush biographer Jon Meacham along with New York Times bestselling authors Brad Meltzer, Kelly Corrigan and Dr. David Eagleman. The event raised more than $2 million for literacy programs.

Celebration of Reading

1) Posing with the “big guy” — authors (l-r) Jon Meacham, Brad Meltzer, Kelly Corrigan and David Eagleman are dwarfed by football star J.J. Watt in the center.

2) George and Annette Strake enjoying author meet and greet with Roxanne and Tim Newmann.

3) Chairs Neil and Maria Bush with former First Lady Barbara Bush at the “Celebration of Reading.”

4) Margaret Alkek Williams chats with Pierce Bush, who serves as CEO of the Texas chapter of Big Brothers
Big Sisters.

5) Keith and Alice Mosing with Jon Meacham, whose book Destiny and Power: the American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush became a bestseller.




The Women’s Fund of Houston has launched its Inaugural Wine Dinner to help fund women’s health programs. That’s featured in this month’s Out and About, along with a humorous evening for the serious cause of brain cancer research; a wild and wacky event called “Two Saints and a Taco Tasting”; “Boots & Bling” were the requested attire for the Be An Angel Awards and Houstonians showed some “jeanerosity”!

Out & About June 2016

1) Nat and Tina Wrotenbery with composer/pianist Eric Genius
and Philamena and Arthur Baird at the Women’s Fund of Houston’s Inaugural Wine Dinner, which raised $60,000 for women’s and girls’ wellness programs.

2) (L-R) Dr. Frederick Lang, Director of Clinical Research in the Department of Neurosurgery at MD Anderson Cancer Center, with comedian Martin Short, who headlined The Broach Foundation’s “Stand-Up for Brain Cancer” Gala. The event raised $750,000 to support brain cancer research at MD Anderson.

3) Heavyweights Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Walter Cunningham and Roger Clemens made sure to wear their boots to the “Boots & Bling”
2016 Angel Awards. Honorees included The Clemens Foundation and Dot Cunningham.

4) The wildly popular “Two Saints and a Taco Tasting” raised $95,000 for student scholarships at The University of Saint Thomas. Held at Saint Arnold Brewing Co., Little J’s was the winning team. From left, Little J’s Chef Joseph Zerwas with owner Josh Flowers.

5) More than 200 Blue Birds and guests attended The Blue Bird Circle Spring Luncheon featuring Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Ron Suskind. From left, event chair Anna Hodges, Glenda Regenbaum, Ron Suskind and David Regenbaum.

6) Guests showed amazing “Jeanerosity” at the BEAR Luncheon for CPS Kids, raising $300,000 for jeans and other children’s needs. Humorist Louise Parsley entertained in front of a backdrop of colorful jeans.


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On The Town with Jan Carson June 2016

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