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On The Town with Jan Carson – September 2016

The kids are back in school and thoughts are turning to fall events, especially for the11 community leaders who have been selected as 2017 “Women of Distinction” by the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. The ladies will be officially introduced at a party at TOOTSIES on Sept. 21, but it’s no secret who they are. They include Ambassador Judi McGee along with Jo Furr, Dr. Sippi Khurana, Alissa Maples, Shawntell McWilliams, Cyndy Garza Roberts, Jessica Rossman, Susan Sarofim, Kim Tutcher, Kelli Weinzieri and Vivian Wise. The honorees will share the spotlight at the 30th Anniversary “Diamond Winter Ball” on Feb. 11.





What better time than the “dog days of summer” to highlight the terrific work done by the dedicated canines trained by K9s4COPS? The organization that provides police-trained K9s for law enforcement agencies across the country picked a “Christmas in July” theme to celebrate their new headquarters. The office was packed with sheriff’s deputies, Houston police officers, K9s and lots of loyal supporters. Sgt. Chris Moore discussed the role of trainer and handler, and the hard work his K9 “Ziko” did on numerous successful drug busts.

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1) Sergeant Chris Moore of the Harris County Sheriff’s Dept. with K9 “Ziko” at the “Christmas in July” party at the new headquarters for K9s4COPs. Moore and Ziko have completed over $1 million in drug seizures this year.

2) Miya Shay with her son Winston Wu, who was fascinated with the K9s.

3) K9s4COPs Executive Director Roseann Rogers with board member Laurie Krohn.

4) Nikhil Shah and Santa, who was dressed in summer weight overalls instead of red velvet!

5) Babette Dawson with her daughters Caroline and Meaghan.




Alley Theatre Ball


Everybody has some “Rock N’ Roll” in them, and that inner wild child came out to play in colorful costumes of leather, lace and fringe at the Alley Theatre’s “Peace, Love & Rock N’Roll ” Ball. More than 350 guests in rocker chic were transported back in time as “Summer of Love” reprised ’60s hits and DJ Kalkutta fueled the late night party. Even the fare was old school… Tony’s served sliders, miniature hot dogs and plenty of fries. Party goers even got “Roadies” (a malt shooter with a mini donut on top) as they headed out to the dance floor.

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1) Anthony and Cynthia Petrello with Alley Theater Artistic Director Gregory Boyd at “Peace, Love & Rock N’Roll,” which raised more than $600,000 for Alley programs.

2) Cathy and Jesse Marion dressed to the disco theme with matching animal prints.

3) A hot pink boa and a leather jacket helped Gracie and Bob Cavnar get in the mood for the retro Alley Theatre Gala.

4) Jim and Dancie Ware at “Peace, Love & Rock N’Roll.” Dancie worked with Richard Flowers of The Events Company to transform the Silver Street Studios warehouse into a rocker paradise.

5) Lisa and Elliott Heide were in the ­“dress to the theme” contingent at the Alley Theatre Ball.





For the 30th year, the YWCA has honored a group of 10 Houston area women who have made significant contributions in a variety of fields, ranging from medicine to law to philanthropy. The “Outstanding Women’s Luncheon” celebrated the achievements of the honorees, including Martha Turner, founder of Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty; Pink Petro founder and CEO Katie Mehnert; the Mostyn law firm’s Amber Mostyn, and Aimee Woodall, founder of the Black Sheep Agency. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee received a special award for her efforts to empower women, and her longtime service to the Houston community.

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1) KHOU-TV’s Lily Jang with luncheon co-chair Karen Love, YWCA Executive Director Allison Booker-Brooks and Tracie Jae at the YWCA’s 30th annual Outstanding Women’s Luncheon.

2) Jolyn Brand with honoree Karen Walrond, an author, speaker and blogger.

3) YWCA Outstanding Women’s honoree Dr. Ann Barnes, Chief Medical Officer at Legacy Community Health Services.

4) Jacqueline Bostic McElroy with YWCA honoree Theresa Roemer.

5) Best-selling author Lily Koppel, author of The Astronaut Wives Club, was the keynote speaker.




A sporting clays tournament featuring some talented women headlines Out and About this month, along with a zany drag show to raise money for Legacy; a party celebrating a makeover for a longtime resort, and a peek at what one of the wild and crazy celebs wore to the annual ESCAPE Celebrity Serve Dinner and auction!


1) Pink Door board member SenLy Fox with her husband Pat Fox at the Pink Door’s sporting Clays Charity Tournament, which raised $20,000 for women fighting cancer in the Greater Houston area.

2) Sylvia Highfield joined Margie Krause, Cookie Michaels and Cyndy Garza Roberts at Legacy’s outrageous “Mint Julep Drag Show” which raised $60,000 for Legacy’s HIV/AIDS programs.

3) Mona Lott Gill struts her stuff at Legacy’s 14th annual “Mint Julep Drag Show” at South Beach Nightclub.

4) Brian and Gina Block pose as an Instagram photo at a party to celebrate the grand re-opening of the South Shore Harbour Resort.

5) A rather scruffy-looking Ernie Manouse dressed the part of a construction worker at the “Hard Hats & Heels” ESCAPE Family Resource Center’s 35th Celebrity Serve Dinner and auction. More than $300,000 was raised to help at risk children.


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On The Town with Jan Carson September 2016

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