On The Town with Jan Carson November 2015
The holidays are sneaking up on us! Not only is November jam-packed with all sorts of socials and soirees… several of them are longtime traditions. One is the mega holiday shopping extravaganza The Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market, held from Nov. 12 – 15 at NRG Center. Philamena Baird chairs this 35th year for the Market, which features over 300 vendors. Then there’s the Trees of Hope Lonestar Wonderland Holiday Gala on Nov. 13. Featuring fabulously decorated Christmas trees and decorations, this festive event benefits children’s programs at the Star of Hope Mission. Call 713-942-8733 for tickets.
STILETTO STRUT & LUNCHEON
Baylor College Of Medicine
PHOTOS: PRISCILLA DICKSON AND WILSON PARISH
Heads swiveled in the Galleria as several hundred well-heeled fashionistas sashayed from Neiman Marcus to the Westin Galleria for a pink-hued “Stiletto Strut” Luncheon and Fashion Show benefiting The Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine. Eight breast cancer survivors were spotlighted on the runway, and Dr. Mothaffar Rimawi received the C. Kent Osborne Award for his work as Medical Director or the Smith Center. Over the past 5 years, the Stiletto Strut has raised over $1 million for cancer research.
1) Luncheon chairs Limor Smith, Jan Duncan, Shelly Smith Hendry and Megan Hotze gathered in the Neiman’s shoe department before “strutting” on over to the Stiletto Strut Luncheon.
2) Philanthropists Lester and Sue Smith, founders of The Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine.
3) Breast cancer survivor Alyson Hass walks the runway with Henry Richardson.
4) Luncheon chair Megan Hotze with her precious daughter Grace and husband Luke.
5) Merele Yarborough and Gina Gaston were in the glamorous crowd.
MARGARET ALKEK WILLIAMS
80th Birthday Celebration
PHOTOS: PRISCILLA DIXON, WILSON PARISH
A stunning chandelier dripping with Vanda orchids set the stage for an elegant evening celebrating a beloved Houston philanthropist. The age defying Margaret Alkek Williams was the megastar of an 80th birthday celebration at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, featuring lots of her favorite things – lavender and purple orchids, classical music from Virtuosi of Houston, the Houston Symphony and HGO plus lively dancing to the Richard Brown Orchestra. Houston Ballet dancers presented the scrumptious birthday cake to warm applause from the 350 guests.
1) Birthday Belle Margaret Alkek Williams, with Jim Daniel, sparkles in her favorite lavender hue at the spectacular 80th birthday bash at the Museum of Fine ARts, Houston.
2) Patrick Summers, Beau Miller, MFAH director Gary Tinterow and HGO’s Perryn Leech were among guests who celebrated with the timeless beauty.
3) Party hosts Charles and Randa Williams orchestrated every detail of the evening.
4) Houston Symphony’s Mark Hansen and Christina Hansen.
5) Houston Grand Opera Studio member Yongzhao Yu sings “Nessun Dorma” accompanied by Michael Sumuel and Patrick Summers at piano.
OUT AND ABOUT
PHOTOS: DANIEL ORTIZ; MICHELLE WATSON; WILSON PARISH
An 1980’s themed celebration for the Children’s Museum of Houston headlines Out and About this month, along with the annual “Guardian of the Bay” award luncheon; a night of chef-inspired cuisine for supporters of The Beacon; a fashion forward evening benefiting Dress for Success Foundation and an important wake up call to Houston about the real impact of illiteracy on our city.
1) Bill and Courtney Toomey and Carmen and Butch Mach, chairs for the Children’s Museum of Houston Gala “Back to the 80’s” attend a kick off for the gala which supports outreach programs for low-income families.
2) Frank Billingsley with Marla and Monte Briscoe at The Galveston Bay Foundation “Guardian of the Bay” Award Luncheon which drew nearly 600 guests.
3) Chefs Mark Holley, Claire Smith and Randy Evans used their culinary skills to raise more than $300,000 to fund programs at THE BEACON. They prepared a four-course dinner in the kitchen that serves Houston’s homeless.
4) Gracie Cavnar joins Dr. Yvonne Cormier and Bob Cavnar at the 7th season of Recipe for Success Foundation’s “Dress for Dinner” fashion event series at Sloan/Hall, featuring best-selling author and stylist Lucy Sykes.
5) Maria and Neil Bush at the “Life Without Literacy” luncheon sponsored by the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation. This inaugural event placed the spotlight on Houston’s literacy crisis and the impact low literacy has on individuals, families and our community.
Palmer Drug Abuse Program
PHOTOS: ROSWITHA VOGLER
Houston heavyweights headlined the Inaugural Luncheon for the Palmer Drug Abuse Program, effectively underscoring PDAP’s message of prevention and treatment. Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson shared some inspiring stories, and keynote speaker Lester Smith received a standing ovation following a witty and touching interview with Deborah Duncan. PDAP provides free drug and alcohol prevention, education and recovery services to young people and their families.
1) Chairs Deborah Duncan and Alicia Smith helped Palmer Drug Abuse Program raise $115,000 at its first ever luncheon fundraiser.
2) Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson and Judge Denise Bradley served as Honorary Chairs for the PDAP event.
3) Sue and Lester Smith, who shared some of his life observations onstage in an interview with Deborah Duncan.
4) PDAP Board Chair Adrian Goodisman with PDAP President & CEO Danielle Lutz and founding Board Chair Jay Tapp.
5) Mariana and Bob Debes were among guests at PDAP’s Inaugural Luncheon.
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On The Town with Jan Carson October 2015