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On The Town with Jan Carson –
March 2017

The Glamorous Gilded Age will be re-imagined at the April 7th “Café Society Soiree” benefiting the Baylor College of Medicine’s Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Briar Club will be transformed into the “Stork Club” for an evening of swing dancing and cool jazz, overseen by chairs Cora Sue and Harry Mach. The nostalgic evening will honor physician-scientist C. Kent Osborne, M.D., an internationally renowned breast cancer expert. For table and ticket information call 713-798-5460.



Crime Stoppers Of Houston

Dave Ward was beaming with pride as he helped cut the ribbon at the official dedication of The Dave Ward Crime Stoppers Building… the first Crime Stoppers headquarters in the world. Dave never imagined this day when he first teamed up with Crime Stoppers 35 years ago to help law enforcement make arrests and solve crimes. Through his reports on ABC-13 he made the Tip line number famous – 713-222-TIPS. Dignitaries, friends and fans attended the ribbon cutting and toured the 28,000-square-foot building. The entire first floor will be used as a community gathering space, at no charge to groups. Dave has his own glassed-in “corner office” filled with personal memorabilia.

1) Following remarks by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and Congress­woman Sheila Jackson Lee, Dave Ward expressed his profound gratitude for the honor of being the building’s namesake.

2) Named for legendary ABC-13 News Anchor Dave Ward, the three-story 28,000-square-foot building at 3001 Main Street in Midtown will serve as a hub for Crime Stoppers crime fighting efforts.

3) Dave Ward receives a giant key to the building, where he has a private office decorated with awards and memorabilia from his record-setting 50-year TV career.

4) Grinning with delight, Dave Ward wields a giant pair of scissors for the official ribbon cutting.

5) Unveiling of the Dave Ward Tribute Wall with Laura Ward and Crime Stoppers Executive Director Rania Mankarious.




March Of Dimes

Some of the most fashionable and philanthropic women in Houston were in the spotlight for the announcement of the 2017 Houston Chronicle Best Dressed honorees. This is the 35th year for the Luncheon and Neiman Marcus Fashion Presentation, this year featuring designer Brunello Cucinelli. The March 23rd event, chaired by Kristy Bradshaw and Isabel David, will benefit the March of Dimes. This year’s honorees include four Hall of Famers and six newcomers to the Best Dressed list. For tickets go to marchofdimes.org/bestdressed.

1) Houston Chronicle’s Best Dressed honorees: ( Back row from left) Gina Gaston Elie, Carolyn Dorros, Carol Linn, Jana Arnoldy, Lisa Holthouse. (Front row) Jessica Rossman, Sneha Merchant, CleRenda McGrady, Mary D’Andrea, Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl.

2) Gina Gaston with Best Dressed honoree CleRenda McGrady.

3) Luncheon co-chair Isabel David and Diane Lokey.

4) Hall of Fame honorees Jana Arnoldy and Lisa Holthouse.

5) Past Hall of Fame honoree Rosemary Schatzman chats with Houston Chronicle Chairman Jack Sweeney and Joann Crassas.




Society For The Performing Arts

It was lite bites, libations and lively conversation on stage at Jones Hall for the 3rd annual “A Taste of SPA,” featuring celebrity chefs and irresistible cuisine from some of Houston’s favorite foodie spots. Guests sipped and supped at various food stations with clowns and acrobats adding to the theatrical ambience. The evening’s proceeds support the Society for the Performing Arts education and community outreach programs.

1) Taste of SPA co-chairs Stephen and Mignon Gill and Brian and Margaret Bravo.

2) More than a dozen restaurants provided some of the most tasty treats from their menus.

3) Jason Dunaghoe with Lexi White and Crystal and Randy White at “A Taste of SPA.”

4) Ronel Golden, Elizabeth Vail and Christina Sacco.

5) Scott and CC Ensell are surrounded by colorful clowns.



Out and About


A two-day post-holiday shopping spree called simply “the SALE” helped raise over $160,000 to support pediatric cancer research. That shop-a-thon tops Out and About this month, along with “Let’s Talk Houston” featuring lively dinner table conversations for a good cause, and a keynote address by ABC News’ Chief National Correspondent Byron Pitts, author of Step Out On Nothing: How Family and Faith Helped Me Conquer Life’s Challenges.

1) Laura Williams and Tracy McCleary, co-chairs of the SALE, join Dr. David Poplack of Texas Children’s Cancer Center as more than 1,000 shoppers browsed fashions and home goods. In three years, Houston Tri Delta Alumnae has raised nearly $500,000 for pediatric cancer research.

2) Ann Woods, Emily Bloss, Kathleen Hoffman and Lauren Messa helped Houston Tri Delta Alumnae score a big win for pediatric cancer research with “the SALE” charity shopping extravaganza.

3) Adriana Banks and Carol Simmons at “Let’s Talk Houston,” an annual dinner featuring guest table hosts and benefiting the T.J. Martell Foundation and MD Anderson Cancer Center.

4) Heather Holmes and Jane Cabes join featured speaker Byron Pitts of ABC News, honoree Julie Boone, Sushma Yalamanchili and Ana Schick. The “Small Steps Nurture & Nourish” luncheon raises funds for early childhood education.

5) Catherine Elkins with Small Steps Board President Chris Transier and Katelyn Scates at the Small Steps Nurture & Nourish Luncheon.

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