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On The Town with Jan Carson May 2015

Each year, The Menninger Clinic brings in a well-known personality to headline its Signature Luncheon and share personal stories of how they overcame, or continue to cope with, mental health issues. This year’s luncheon on May 7 will feature Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss, who will open up about the pain and the creativity that bipolar disorder has brought to his life. The Mental Health Channel will also be in the spotlight for its contributions to generating awareness and ending stigma. For tickets call 713-275-5360.


Best Dressed Luncheon March of Dimes


Nicknamed the “Velvet Hammer,” relentlessly persuasive fundraiser Rosemary Schatzman and her team broke all records for the 33rd annual Houston Chronicle Best Dressed Luncheon and Neiman Marcus Fashion Show, raising more than $580,000 for the March of Dimes. Connie Kwan-Wong added to the take, bidding $15,000 for a live auction package with tickets to featured luncheon designer Jason Wu’s New York fashion show. Ten stylish community leaders were honored for doing good works, while looking great!



1) 2015 Best Dressed Honorees Allie Fields, Carol Linn and Gracie Cavnar at the 33rd Annual Houston Chronicle Best Dressed Luncheon and Neiman Marcus Fashion Presentation.

2) Sue and Lester Smith were major sponsors of the Best Dressed Luncheon benefiting the March of Dimes.

3) Record-breaking event chair Rosemary Schatzman with featured designer Jason Wu and raffle co-chair Phyllis Williams.

4) Best Dressed Hall of Famer Merele Yarborough with
Nicole West.

5) 2015 Best Dressed honorees (L-R) Carol Linn, Gina Gaston Elie, Cynthia Petrello, Katie Mattingly Brass, Kelli Cohen Fein, Duyen Huynh, Denise Bush Bahr, Allie Fields, Kristy Junco Bradshaw and Gracie Cavnar.



An American in Paris Moores School of Music

Talented students from the Moores School of Music captured the spotlight at the Moores Society’s 28th Annual Concert and Gala, entertaining 200 guests at the “An American in Paris” themed gala. Co-chairs Kelli Cohen Fein and Nancy Strohmer orchestrated a thoroughly delightful evening, featuring a pre-dinner concert by popular singer, actress and six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald. The vivacious McDonald earned several standing ovations from the appreciative audience.

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1) Martin Fein and co-chair Kelli Cohen Fein join Moores School Director Andrew David, co-chair Nancy Strohmer and Hans Strohmer.

2) Beth Madison, underwriter of the Madison Artist Series, with Audra McDonald, who captivated the audience with a pre-dinner concert.

3) Jana and Scotty Arnoldy were among 200 guests treated to dinner performances by the “AcaBellas” and “Men of Moores” a cappella groups.

4) Talented pianist Phuong Nguyen wowed the crowd, masterfully playing a “Cougar Red” Steinway.

5) Longtime Moores School of Music supporter Margaret Alkek Williams with Jim Daniels.



Somewhere Over the Rainbow Gala Society for the Performing Arts


Guests followed the yellow brick road to their dinner seats as the Society for the Performing Arts paid special tribute to the legendary Judy Garland at its annual gala “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.

Chaired by Linda and Willie Chiang, the evening raised funds for SPA, which has sponsored more than 1,000 performances of musicals and theater events since 1966. By the evening’s finale, 550 supporters had once again assured SPA of continuing success.

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1) Paul and Katherine Murphy with Liz and Tom Glanville at the “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” Gala benefiting the Society for the Performing Arts.

2) June Christensen and Melanie Gray enjoy the OZ themed event.

3) SPA Gala Chairs Willie and Linda Chiang presided over a successful evening for SPA.

4) Nobody at the SPA Gala could top Scott and C.C. Ensell at dressing to reflect the “ Somewhere Over the Rainbow” theme.

5) Candace and Brian Thomas at the SPA Gala.


Out and About


A pair of magnificent, but endangered, cheetahs stole all eyes during a cocktail party at the home of Nick and Katie Johnson. That event headlines our Out and About this month, along with the Houston Symphony Wine Dinner, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” the Houston Aphasia Recovery Center and the Children’s Museum of Houston.

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1) Sid and Phyllis Bresler pose with cheetahs at a gathering to alert guests to the risk of extinction for cheetahs. The Cheetah Conservation Fund joined with the Houston Zoo Charities and EJF Philanthropies to educate guests and enlist their support.

2) The Houston Symphony’s Mark Hanson and Christina Hansen join famed Chef Wolfgang Puck and chairs Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia at the 2015 Houston Symphony Wine Dinner & Collector’s Auction. Puck served his acclaimed pizzas and other yummy appetizers.

3) Danielle Wymer, Susan Garcia, Monica Wymer, Naomi Romero, Annette Garcia pose in “biker chic” at the Girls Just Wanna Have Fun event, benefiting Ronald McDonald House Houston.

4) Annette and George Strake with Melanie Strake Meeks and Chair Chaille Strake at the “Let’s Talk” Luncheon for the Houston Aphasia Recovery Center, which raised over $250,000 for support programs.

5) Co-chairs Valeria Burguieres and Emily Dalicandro at the 2015 Friends and Families Luncheon benefiting the Children’s Museum of Houston.




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