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On The Town with Jan Carson September 2015

The fall social season is ramping up after a long hot summer, and gals are switching from flip-flops to stilettos just in time for the Sept. 25 Neiman Marcus Stiletto Strut and Luncheon to fight breast cancer. The Strut benefits the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at BCM, and Lester’s daughter Shelly Smith Hendry and daughter-in-law Limor Smith are helping Megan Hotze chair this fashionable event, which honors philanthropist Jan Duncan. Join the Strut by calling 713-798-4852.


Barrier Breaker Awards

Career And Recovery Resources


Supporters of Career and Recovery Resources were inspired by the heartfelt testimonies of clients who have overcome tough challenges to gain successful employment. They were in the spotlight at the 19th Annual Barrier Breaker Luncheon, which salutes community leaders who have overcome barriers or helped others to overcome barriers to success. This year’s honoree was Indrani Goradia, founder of Indrani’s Light Foundation which addresses gender-based violence.

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1) Desyre Whittington and Patricia Vasquez attend the Barrier Breaker Luncheon.

2) Carol Helliker and Dr. Vernus Swisher with Indrani Goradia (center) who was honored as founder of Indrani’s Light Foundation, which works to stop gender- based violence.

3) Spencer Tillman from CBS Sports emceed the event for Career and Recovery Resources.

4) Linda Greene and Tom Lloyd were among the supporters of CRR. .

5) Vishnu Nathu with Indrani Goradia at the Barrier Breaker Luncheon.


National Cancer Survivor’s Day


It was an emotional moment as an army of cancer fighters celebrated their hard-won battles and their victories, during a candle lighting ceremony at the CanCare National Cancer Survivors Day Luncheon. They were applauded by their supporters and leaders in the Houston community who gathered to celebrate cancer survivorship. Keynote speaker and cancer survivor, Dr. Jen Arnold, inspired the crowd by sharing her personal story of fighting cancer. CanCare is in its 25th year of supporting those who face a cancer diagnosis.

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1) Elaine Hammock with Hillary Delacerda and CanCare volunteer and guest speaker Curt Hammock at the National Cancer Survivors Day Luncheon.

2) David Black with keynote speaker Dr. Jen Arnold and luncheon co-chair Beth Black

3) Donna Lewis, Nancy Tucker and Allison Cattan

4) Cancer survivors stand during the survivor recognition and candle lighting ceremony.

5) Betsy Schauer and Lauren Price celebrating cancer survivorship.


Tapestry Gala

Interfaith Ministries

Photos: Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design

Houston is a city of varied cultures, ethnicities and faiths, and that diversity was celebrated at the 7th annual Tapestry Gala, which raised $950,000 to support the programs of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston. Many of the guests wore traditional ethnic clothing and the menu featured traditional Indian fare. The evening honored Dr. Sushma and Devinder Mahajan with the Tapestry Award and also celebrated Elliot Gershenson, who is retiring as Interfaith Ministries’ president and CEO.

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1) Interfaith Ministries’ Elliot Gershenson with Jay and Karen Harberg and the Reverend Bill Lawson at the Tapestry Gala.

2) Lily Foster joins Susan Boggio and Marie Bosarge to support Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston.

3) Krista Moser, Larry Payne and Philamena Baird.

4) Regina Rogers and Jim Bankston were among the 750 friends of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston.

5) Consul General of India Parvathaneni Harish and Srimathi Nandita with Dr. Sushma and Devinder Mahajan, who were honored with the Tapestry Award.


Out And About



A powerhouse team of new volunteer leaders at the Junior League of Houston headlines Out and About this month, along with a fun night of closet organization; a behind the scenes tour of the Esperson Building; a glitzy reception for OMEGA and a celebration of A.D. Players’ new theater.

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1) Incoming Junior League of Houston president Mary Margaret “Mimi” Foerster presents an antique silver tray to past year’s president Elizabeth Graves Love, who presided over the League’s successful 90th anniversary year.

2) John Breeding and Ruth Graham, daughter of 96-year-old evangelist Dr. Billy Graham, chat with Jeannette Clift George (seated). Ms. George was honored at a luncheon celebrating the construction of the new A.D. Players Theater in the Galleria area.

3) The Container Store’s Sharon Tindell and Laura Johnson with Nancy Levicki, president and co-founder of Dress for Success Houston at the “Closets & Cocktails” event. DFSH received a portion of the evening’s proceeds.

4) Jim and Jo Furr pose with a doorman during a special tour of the Esperson Building, part of The Heritage Society’s SIP party reception, which allowed guests to see historic areas normally off-limits to visitors.

5) Susie and Sanford Criner join Lynn Wyatt at the OMEGA Speedmaster Houston event at Western Airway Airport Hanger.



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