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On The Town with Jan Carson –
May 2017

ABC News’ Elizabeth Vargas has been very open about her long, and often public, struggle with alcohol abuse. The 20/20 News anchor detailed her struggle in her book Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction, and on May 4 she will be in Houston to share her fascinating story of coping and healing as the featured speaker at The Menninger Annual Signature Luncheon at the Westin Galleria Hotel. The luncheon honors the founders of The Gathering Place, which offers free rehabilitative services. Get your tickets by calling 713-275-5173.



Theatre Under The Stars


Stars of the upcoming TUTS production of DREAMGIRLS entertained guests for “One Night Only” at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. It was a stellar fundraiser for Theatre Under The Stars’ Education and Outreach Programs, and included TUTS first-ever after-party – the Grand Finale. TUTS benefactor Margaret Alkek Williams was in the honoree spotlight once again with co-chairs Becky and Bart McAndrews and Paul-David Van Atta seeing to all the magic touches of an over-the-top evening.

1) Honoree Margaret Alkek Williams with co-chair Paul-David Van Atta and Amy Pierce at “One Night Only” benefiting Theatre Under The Stars.

2) Sandy and Randy Stilley were among guests transported back to the ‘60s inside Sarofim Hall.

3) Becky and Bart McAndrews co-chaired TUTS’ “One Night

Only” Gala which raised nearly $700,000 for education
and outreach programs.

4) Jerry Ann Costa and famed designer Victor Costa.

5) Penny Loyd, Alicia McGuire Smith and KHOU-TV’s Deborah Duncan at “One Night Only.”




Society For The Performing Arts

Iconic performances from 50 years of music, dance and theater events were highlighted at a gorgeous Golden Anniversary Gala celebrating the Society for the Performing Arts. Enthusiastic supporters helped the SPA raise over $600,000 for arts and education programs, while enjoying jaw-dropping aerial performances and entertainment by Skyrocket. Marc and Brenda Watts were honored for their longtime support of SPA, which has sponsored more than 1,000 performances since it was founded in 1966.

1) Society for the Performing Arts Gala Co-chairs Stephany Olsen LeGrand and Curt Karges.

2) SPA supporters like Beverly and Jim Postl helped propel the 50th Anniversary Gala to a new fundraising record.

3) Longtime SPA philanthropist Margaret Alkek Williams with Jim Daniel.

4) Steve Wyatt and Joyce Echols at the Society for the Performing Arts Gala.

5) Phoebe and Bobby Tudor celebrating 50 golden years for Houston’s SPA.




Big Brothers Big Sisters

It was a “throwback” night for members of the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Young Professionals Group as they reminisced about their high school days at “The Big Prom” … dancing under the stars, posing for photos and sipping spiked punch. But on this Prom night, votes for King and Queen were based on fundraising skills, not popularity. After all, the goal of the evening was to raise funds and awareness of the life-changing impact the BBBS mentoring program has on young lives. More than 800 youngsters are on a waiting list for mentors.

1) Andrew Flaniken and Bethany Meeks at “The Big Prom,” benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters.

2) Danielle and LaMorris Daniels. Danielle is a former “Little Sister” who spoke powerfully about the influence of her Big Sister.

3) Michael Clinton was named to the Prom Court along with Prom Queen Brittany Metcalf and Prom King Grant Inman.

4) Rozi Turnbull and Ellie Ronciman kicked up their heels at “The Big Prom.”

5) Sarabeth Melton with Pierce Bush, CEO of BBBS and grandson of former President George H.W. Bush.





Giving children a head start in reading skills was the goal of a big night at the Children’s Museum of Houston. That event tops Out and About this month, along with cute bunnies and precious babies at The Galleria; a fabulous group of Best Dressed honorees; and Houstonians opening their hearts to help provide education for children in the Mumbai slums.

1) Cheryl McCallum, Director of Education at the Children’s Museum of Houston with Julie Finck, President of Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation at the “Read Aloud Night” at the Children’s Museum which raised over $77,000 for early children reading programs.

2) ABC/13 Meteorologist Casey Curry, emcee of the Pratham Gala, with her husband Carl Hahn. The evening drew local support in raising funds to provide education to children in the slums of Mumbai, India.

3) Bridget Wade and Penny Butler celebrate the success of the annual Salvation Army Luncheon, which raised $463,000 and drew 420 guests.

4) Crickett and Daniel DeWalch with their daughters Sophie and Lauren at the ‘Bunny Hope & Photo Ops” event at The Galleria. The proceeds from the Easter-themed event benefited MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital and its mission to end childhood cancer.

5) (L-R) Gina Gaston Elie, Gayla Gardner, Rosemary Schatzman, Connie Kwan-Wong, Phyllis Williams and Merele Yarborough join March of Dimes President Stacey Stewart at the Houston Chronicle Best Dressed Luncheon benefiting the March of Dimes.


On The Town with Jan Carson May 2017

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