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On The Town with Jan Carson –
October 2017

JAN-CARSONNobody was in the mood to party after Harvey struck. People were either dealing with devastating flood waters in their own homes… or helping friends and neighbors. Events and fundraisers were re-scheduled, or cancelled outright, as Houston’s huge philanthropic heart focused on helping Harvey’s victims. The city’s huge outpouring of love, support and contributions impressed the nation, and the world. Recovery takes a lot of time – time to repair, restore or replace. The Wortham Center and The Alley Theatre were hard hit and the Houston Ballet and other nonprofits are also dealing with significant losses, along with many of their patrons. But we are #HoustonStrong. We will rise up, re-build and grow even stronger.


Evening at The Webster

Houston Grand Opera


Flood waters from nearby Buffalo Bayou swamped the basement of The Wortham Center, rising to just over the Brown Theater Stage where Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet perform. The Wortham is shut down for extensive repairs, with performances relocated to other venues. Distressing news to loyal Theater District fans, including HGO supporters who gathered pre-storm at The Webster for a season preview and opera-night inspired fashions.

1) Ann Malcolm, Sandra Manela, Ruchi Mukerjee, and Raquel Lewis at the HGO Season Preview Night at The Webster.

2) Brian McCullouch with event chair Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl and Jeremy Garcia.

3) Carolyn Dorros and Claire Thielke enjoy bubbles and bites with other HGO Young Patrons Circle members.

4) Mahzad Mohajer with Elina Htun and Dr. Parissa Mohajer at

The Webster.

5) Patricia Restrepo and Michael Yafi at the Houston Grand Opera season preview.



Reflections on Style

Salvation Army

As soon as Harvey’s record rainfall hit Houston, the Salvation Army swung into action, mobilizing its staff and volunteers to provide emergency shelter, water, supplies and more than 120,000 meals to flood victims. One of the major fundraisers each year for the Salvation Army is the Women’s Auxiliary’s Reflections on Style Luncheon in the spring, which is always a sell-out as guests compete to buy gently worn designer clothing. These committed volunteers lend their time and talent to the Salvation Army all year long.

1) Merele Yarborough and Judi McGee.

2) Betty Hrncir and Keely Hrncir at the Salvation Army’s “Reflections on Style” fashion show and luncheon.

3) Jan Duncan and Becky Cooke show off their shopping bags of new and gently used designer duds.

4) Luncheon honoree Ann Bookout with Margot Periot and Linda McReynolds.

5) Salvation Army Majors Chris

and Melody Davis with Lilly Andress and Marian Catechil.



Empowering Women

Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce


1) Arian Smetana and Kristi Hotze at a Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce networking event.

2) Diana Ngo, Christina Brown, Natasha Dunn and Gabriella Rowe.

3) Nancy Caraballo, Lisa Dombrowski and

Melissa McCartney.

4) Suzan Deison and Dr. Elizabeth Travis.

5) Regina Garcia, Karen Love, Leisa Holland-Nelson and Myrtle Jones.



Café Society Soiree

Baylor College of Medicine

Baylor College of Medicine rose to the challenge of Harvey’s flooding with a “Ride Out Team” which stayed on campus during the hurricane to make sure the facilities remained in service. “Harvey Heroes” are highlighted at bcm.edu for their dedication to helping flood victims, and a BCM Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund is helping students and employees who lost homes and possessions in the disaster. That giving spirit was exemplified in a spring event Café Society Soiree which raised over $420,000 for the Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center.

1) Jan Duncan with Dr. C. Kent Osborne, director of the Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center and honoree of the Café Society Soiree, presented by the Partnership for Baylor College of Medicine.

2) The Mach family (l-r) Carmen and Butch Mach, gala chairs Cora Sue and Harry Mach, and Joella and Steve Mach.

4) Drs. Mary and Paul Klotman with their sons Alex and Sam. Dr. Klotman is president, CEO and executive dean of Baylor College of Medicine.

3) Mignon Heizer and Megan Hotze at the Café Society Soiree.

5) Dance floor crowd: (Back row): Stan Rauhut, Kristi Cooper and Linda Mark. (Middle row): Gail Rauhut, Ellen Elam, Claudia Kreisle, Ora Gibson. (Front row): Nancy Mosely.


On The Town with Jan Carson October 2017

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