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On The Town with Jan Carson – May 2016

Symphony Ball chairs Jana and Scotty Arnoldy love to have fun while doing good, so they hosted two evenings of lively salsa dance lessons at their River Oaks home to help guests get into the sassy “Carnival” theme of the May 14 Ball. The Symphony Ball returns to Jones Hall this year and honors longtime supporters Sybil Roos, Lindy and John Rydman and Robert Franz. Mary Ann and David McKeithan are heading up a tempting silent auction while Valerie and Tracy Dieterich chair the rockin’ After Party. Get out on the dance floor and show off your moves… call 713-337-8582 for Symphony Ball tickets.­


March Of Dimes

Houston Chronicle Best Dressed Luncheon


Designer Zac Posen won praise for his fall 2016 collection at the Houston Chronicle Best Dressed Luncheon and Neiman Marcus Fashion Presentation, but the real runway showstoppers were the 10 community leaders who received the coveted Best Dressed award. Luncheon chair Yvonne Cormier presided over the 34th annual luncheon which raised more than $500,000 for the March of Dimes. In the spotlight were Hall of Fame honorees Mary Tere Perusquia, Susan Sarofim and Rosemary Schatzman, along with honorees Stephanie Cockrell, Laura Davenport, Isabelle David, Gayla Gardner, Winell Herron, Sippi Khurana and Millette Sherman.

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1) The 2016 Best Dressed honorees with featured designer Zac Posen.
(L-R): Isabelle David, Laura Davenport, Gayla Gardner, Millette Sherman, Susan Sarofim, Zac Posen, Rosemary Schatzman, Mary Tere Perusquia, Sippi Khurana, Winell Herron and Stephanie Cockrell.

2) Alexandra Knight with Greggory Burk, Stephanie Cockrell and Lisa Holthouse at the 2016 Houston Chronicle Best Dressed Luncheon and Neiman Marcus Fashion Presentation.

3) 2016 Best Dressed honorees Gayla Gardner, Rosemary Schatzman, Millette Sherman and Winell Herron.

4) Past honoree Jana Arnoldy and Lindley Arnoldy.

5) Raffle chair Valerie Dieterich with Best Dressed Luncheon Chair Yvonne Cormier, raffle chair Mary D’Andrea and the March of Dimes’ Darcie Wells.



“Vintage Houston”

Covenant House Texas

Covenant House Gala co-chairs June Reeder Leppard, Marlene Nondorf and Patti Nowak Turner turned back the pages of Houston history for a tribute to the city’s early years. “Vintage Houston” honored Randall L. Walker and Greg Hernandez and brought in more than $748,000 for programs to help homeless and runway youth at CHT. Special thanks was given to six Guild volunteers — Peggy Edwards, Annette Gordon, Barbara Jean Lauratis, Diane Poole, Mary Ann Rapp and Beatty Watts — who together have donated thousands of hours coordinating parties and fundraisers for CHT.

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1) Covenant House Texas Gala emcees David Paul and Chita Johnson with Executive Director & CEO Ronda Robinson and Board Chair Kurt Nondrof.

2) Bob George and Jo Ann Petersen enjoyed the live painting of artist Taft McWhoter, whose work was later auctioned off.

3) Lula Richard and former Astros pitcher J.R. Richard with Jacqueline Fair. J.R. delivered the invocation.

4) Greg and Heather Hernandez and Sharon and Randall Walker. Hernan­dez and Walker were honored at the gala for their longtime support of Covenant House Texas.

5) Special recognition went to (L-R) Beatty Watts, Mary Ann Rapp, Diane Poole, Barbara Jean Lauratis, Annette Gordon and Peggy Edwards for their many years of volunteer work for CHT.




“Gotham City”

San Luis Salute


Tilman Fertitta, star of the new CNBC hit reality series Billion Dollar Buyer, brought TV cameras to the 20th annual San Luis Salute to interview guests about one of the products featured on his show. That was a new twist for the Mardi Gras mega-party which attracted 1,700 high-energy guests who went more than a bit crazy over the surprise appearance of “Mr. Worldwide” Pitbull. Astronaut Scott Kelly made a video appearance from the International Space Station, while exotic dancers, champagne-pouring aerialists and costumed superheroes created their own party buzz. All for the great cause of raising funds for UTMB in Galveston.

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1) The Fertitta family reigned over the 20th annual San Luis Salute Mardi Gras extravaganza. (L-R): Michael, Paige, Tilman, Blayne and Blake Fertitta.

2) Megastar Pitbull and his entourage dominated the stage, creating a frenzy of dancing by cheering fans who packed the dance floor.

3) Former U.S. Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband, retired NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, make a grand entrance into the Galveston Island Convention Center at the San Luis Resort.

4) The evening honored Dr. Thomas Blackwell of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He and his wife Michele joined over 1,700 other guests in raising funds for the Jennie Sealy Hospital at UTMB.

5) Lane Craft and KHOU-TV Ch. 11’s Chita Johnson enjoyed dancers dressed as superheroes, awesome aerialists and even an alluring violinist, playing sweet music on stilts.



Out And About


Combine cute kiddoes in Easter outfits with soft, cuddly bunnies and you have a photographer’s dream! “Bunny Hops and Photo Ops” is featured in this month’s Out and About, along with the Friends of Nursing Luncheon and Fashion Show celebrating the dedicated work of nurses, and the unique traveling “Butterfly Project” which is part of Holocaust Museum Houston’s 20th anniversary year.


1) Margaret Brown with adorable little Bonner Ball at the “Bunny Hops and Photo Ops” event held at the “Little Galleria” and benefiting The MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital.

2) This totally irresistible portrait of brothers John and Thomas Weathers was taken by Annette Boatwright at “Bunny Hops and Photos Ops.” Besides fun with real bunnies, the kids decorated Easter eggs and enjoyed coloring and face painting.

3) Friends of Nursing Luncheon co-chairs Kiki Wilson, Elizabeth Vail and Millette Sherman. The event honored night-shift nurse Mario Trevino for his dedication to his patients. Trevino later won a raffle prize to the delight of the 275 guests.

4) Zahava Haenosh with Bill Spitz, who sported a butterfly-themed tie in support of Holocaust Museum Houston’s “The Butterfly Project” traveling exhibit. The 1.5 million handcrafted butterflies were collected worldwide in memory of the 1.5 million young victims.

5) Edith Orlin stands next to a display of handcrafted butterflies at Neiman Marcus. Her husband Bill Orlin is a Holocaust survivor and Holocaust Museum Houston Board Member. “The Butterfly Project” commemorates the children who perished during the Holocaust.


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On The Town with Jan Carson May 2016

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