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On The Town with Jan Carson –
June 2017

Big summer kick-off this month with several exciting events for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society… the first is the Man and Woman of The Year Finale on June 2 as enthusiastic millennials compete for the top fundraising prize. Then on June 24 the Leukemia Cup Regatta and Poker Run gets underway at the Houston Yacht Club. It’s a perfect way to enjoy summer fun for a great cause! For tickets call 832-463-3614 or 832-463-3632.



Casa de Esperanza


More than 650 champions for children came together to create yet another $1 million fundraising evening for Casa de Esperanza. The nonprofit has helped thousands of children in crisis over the past 35 years, and has captured the hearts of a legion of loyal supporters. Their unfailing generosity year after year enables Casa de Esperanza to provide free services to children, with no government funding.

1) Michael and Lucia Cordúa of Cordúa Restaurants & Catering hosted the Casa de Esperanza gala for the 28th year!

2) Alex and Robin Brennan- Martin at the Building Hope for Children Gala at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.

3) An adorable puppy upstages dog lovers Dan Tutcher and Colleen McLaughlin. James Bryant won the high bid for the English Cocker and has named him “AB.”

4) David and Jessica Lerner with John and Arlis Brodie at Building Hope for Children.

5) Cameron and Sarah Colvill join Alex and Connor Saxe in supporting a $1 million night for Casa de Esperanza.




Covenant House Texas Gala

French whimsy, a luxury auction trip to Paris, and a saucy champagne lady were all part of the fun at the Covenant House Texas Gala “Let Them Eat Cake.” Loyal CHT supporters blew the roof off; generating over $760,000 for the nonprofit that provides shelter and care for runaway and homeless youth. Julie and Jay Rogers were honored for supporting CHT for more than 30 years. The highlight of the evening was the emotional testimony of a former resident who shared how CHT helped her turn her life around.

1) Ashley Tisius, Amanda Lundquist and Jacqueline Fair at “Let Them Eat Cake” for Covenant House Texas Gala.

2) CHT new Executive Director Leslie Bourne with Julie and Jay Rogers. The Rogers were honored along with IBC Bank for their longtime support.

3) Retiring Covenant House Texas Executive Director Ronda Robinson with Board Chair Kurt Nondorf. Robinson has been involved with CHT since the doors opened in 1983.

4) Ashley Petersen and Gala Underwriting Chair Jo Ann Petersen.

5) Patti Turner with Cheryl Boblitt and CHT auction co-chairs Mary Eads and
June Leppard.





Joan Schnitzer Levy’s Hollywood friends have long supported her favorite charity – ESCAPE Family Resource Center – and this year her pal Stephanie Powers of the TV series Hart to Hart flew in to Houston for the 36th annual Celebrity Serve Benefit. The posh evening at Tony’s restaurant brought in over $270,000 to fund ESCAPE’s mission to prevent child abuse and neglect. Stephanie remains active on stage and championing animal rights and wildlife conservation. Local celebs also provided star power for the lively sports-themed fundraiser.

1) Actress Stephanie Powers with Jerry and Barbara Heinz and ESCAPE Celebrity Serve founder Joan Schnitzer Levy.

2) Ed McMahon with Pam Morse and Dan Pastorini.

3) Celebrity Serve emcee Ernie Manouse and Walt Zipprian.

4) Gayle Williford, Barry Warner, Megan Cardet and Bob Sakowitz.

5) Lester and Sue Smith at the ESCAPE event. Lester is on the mend following a double lung transplant.





Staying healthy at any age was the topic of a popular symposium at Houston Methodist. That event tops Out and About this month, along with inspirational words from a gymnast who faced incredible obstacles; an outpouring of support for programs for children with neurological disorders; and a sporting time for fishing enthusiasts and K9s4COPs.

1) Cabrini Owsley with event Co-chair Kelli Blanton at “Focusing on You: Women’s Health and Wellness at Every Age” at Houston Methodist. The half-day symposium featured keynote speaker Connie Watt and health information customized by age group.

2) Inspirational gymnast Jen Bricker (center) with Rachel Regan and Millette Sherman at the Children’s Museum of Houston luncheon. Bricker spoke about living a triumphant life no matter the cards you are dealt.

3) MainStreet America rolled out the red-carpet for its 5th annual Black-Tie Gala benefiting the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital. (L-R) Gala founders Mike and Barbara Feigin with Drs. Huda and William Zoghbi helped raised more than $425,000.

4) Cute models from toddlers to teens walked the “yellow brick road” at the “Wizard of Oz”-themed Children’s Fashion Show and Luncheon for the Houston Symphony. Christina Hanson, Viviana Denechaud and precious Kate Bruce were among the 270 children and adults who attended.

5) Deputy Shawn Brown and K9 “Bret” drew admiring looks at the Reel ‘Em in Foundation Fishing Tournament benefiting K9s4COPs. The Foundation was started by Brian Robison, NFL Vikings’ defensive end and former member of UT’s 2005 national championship-winning football team.




On The Town with Jan Carson June 2017

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