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On The Town with Jan Carson September 2011

Galveston! The Musical Bootlegging and the Balinese Room

Paige and Tilman Fertitta opened their amazing River Oaks home to kick off “Galveston! The Musical,” onstage Sept. 30 through Oct. 9, at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Ophthalmologist Dr. Bob Wilkins wrote the musical, based on the lives of the Maceo brothers who built a gambling and bootlegging empire in Galveston during the early 1900s. New York composer Mark York flew in for the party and Masquerade Theatre’s Phillip Duggins and Paula Smith were on hand to greet the huge crowd of musical arts supporters.
1) Hosts Tilman and Paige Fertitta join Drs. Bob and Mary Ann Wilkins.
2) City of Houston Art Director Minnette Boesel and Peter Boesel with Hahn Tran.
3) ­Legendary Galveston booster George Mitchell greeted old friends at the Fertittas’ home.
4) Patrick Badgely and Kristen Finan stroll around the Fertittas’ resort style pool.
5) Masquerade Theatre board members and supporters Suzy La Forge and Judy Einbinder.

11th Annual Chefs’ Dinner

Houston Food Bank

More than 300 guests savored a five-course meal while helping to fight hunger — one bite at a time — at the 11th Annual Chefs’ Dinner for the Houston Food Bank. Guests including Judy and Ron Girotto, Sherry and Jim Smith, Judge Ed Emmett and Gwen, and Welcome Wilson enjoyed roast Texas quail, seafood salad, roast veal rib-eye and an extravagant dessert paired with outstanding wines.
1) Chef Jeffrey Everts, Mark Cox, Catherine Rodriguez, Jeff Axline and Robert Del Grande whipped up their yummy specialties for the five-course mea­l.
2) Co-chairs Michael and Carol Linn with George and Bonner Ball at the Chefs’ Dinner.
3) Gracie Cavnar and H-E-B’s Scott McCelland, who donated the centerpieces for the event.
4) Maria and Chris Pappas were among the guests who helped raise more than $280,000 for the Houston Food Bank.
5) Michael and Ileana Trevino at the Chefs’ Dinner.

2011 Eye Ball

Remembering Ann Sakowitz

It was a “see and be seen” evening with 400 guests gathering to honor the memory of dynamic community leader Ann Sakowitz. Lynn Wyatt and Robert Sakowitz spoke movingly about their late mother and the organizations that benefit from the event — Prevent Blindness Texas and Houston Eye Associates Foundation. Chair Franelle Rogers and auction chairs Lanier Whilden and Rebecca Parsons raised over $285,000 to help families with vision needs.
1) Lynn Wyatt joins Franelle Rogers and Robert Sakowitz at the 2011 Eye Ball. Surprise entertainers The Three Waiters got a standing ovation.
2) Dr. Bob Wilkins and Mary Ann Wilkins are longtime supporters of programs to help those with critical eye care needs.
3) Rose Cullen attended to help honor the memory of the late Ann Sakowitz.
4) Auction chairs Lanier Whilden and Rebecca Parsons presided over a lively auction.
5) Monica Hartland and John Blaisdell in the crowd of well-dressed notables.

Spotted in the Crowd

This month’s social spotlight is on savvy supporters of the Cattle Baron’s Ball, Children at Risk, Citizens for Animal Protection and the annual luncheon to raise funds for the Houston Hospice Butterfly Program:
1) Ford Creighton and Marissa Eubank at the Food and Beer Pairing for The Gentleman’s Committee and Friends of the Cattle Baron’s Ball at Silver Eagle Distributors.
2) Children At Risk Gala co-chair Mary Jane Fontin joins Kinky Friedman and Carolyn Farb at a fundraising event to stop child trafficking in Texas.
3) Deborah Duncan smooches finalist “Holly the Bloodhound” with proud owner Fiona Richards at Project Derek Dog, an event to raise awareness of Citizens for Animal Protection.
4) Houston Hospice’s Butterfly Luncheon attendees Winell Heron, Jim Faucett, Jeffrey Zaslow and Sharon Owens. Zaslow co-authored the powerful book, The Last Lecture,written by the late Randy Pausch.
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