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On The Town with Jan Carson –
September 2017

JAN-CARSONRob Lowe never seems to age, and he is always re-inventing himself! Actor… author… producer – and a recovering alcoholic with over 25 years sobriety. The multi-talented star will share his struggles, his inspiration and his infectious humor at the October 20 Waggoners Foundation Speaker Series benefiting The Council on Recovery. The Council does amazing work in helping individuals and families affected by alcohol or drugs. For more information call 281-200-9336.


Audrey Hepburn Society Ball



People are still buzzing about an amazing evening for UNICEF that featured mega-watt star power. Grammy Award-winner Michael Bolton headlined the 4th annual UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball, hosted by the Southwest Regional Office of UNICEF USA. The gala, chaired by Amy Pierce, celebrated UNICEF’s lifesaving work and honored UNICEF Ambassador and actress Angie Harmon with the Spirit of Compassion Award. Rosanette and Harry Cullen were presented with the Margaret Alkek Williams Humanitarian Award for their extraordinary contributions through the Cullen Foundation.

1) Honoree Rosanette Cullen accepts the Margaret Alkek Williams Humanitarian Award from Margaret Alkek Williams, along with UNICEF’s Barron Segar and honoree Harry Cullen, Jr. at the 4th annual UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball.

2) The Honorable Joanne King Herring served as Honorary Chair of the Gala, which raised more than $910,000 for UNICEF.

3) Grammy Award-winning singer Michael Bolton and Kelly Levesque perform onstage. Bolton told the audience he is a longtime supporter of UNICEF’s efforts to help children worldwide.

4) Angie Harmon received the Spirit of Compassion Award at the Audrey Hepburn Society Ball. Since her appointment as a UNICEF Ambassador in 2013, Angie has served as a spokesperson for UNICEF USA’s End Trafficking Initiative and has traveled to Vietnam to bring awareness to UNICEF’s lifesaving programs for children.

5) Designer and HGTV reality TV star Nina Magon and Karun Magon at the Audrey Hepburn Society Ball.


“Havana Nights” Promise Ball



A Cuban-inspired menu, colorful décor and a high energy dance band all set the tone for the hugely successful Havana Nights Promise Ball, benefiting the JDRF Houston Gulf Coast Chapter. The silent and live auctions included unique experiences like a trip to the Formula 1 US Grand Prix in Austin, a stay at La Pietra Villa in Italy, and a golfing experience at The Fairmont St. Andrews. The JDRF gala always brings in mega-dollars and this year was no exception, thanks to the hard-working chairs Julie and Dr. Robin Goytia.

1) Drew Dougherty, host of Texans TV, emceed the Havana Nights JDRF Promise Ball and joined his wife Vita Dougherty and Paige and Richard Fass in helping to raise over $1.6 million for Type 1 diabetes research.

2) Gala chairs Julie and Dr. Robin Goytia, (center) with their children Harrison and Isabella, were thrilled with

3) Honorees of the Promise Ball from left to right: Erin Feeney Dyer, Alison Fleming, Mallory Williams, Rebecca Brown, Annie Marshall, Brooke Busby, Rochelle Bullock

4) The colorful Havana Nights theme was enhanced by aerial artists, a magician and casino games, along with a high-energy Skyrocket! performance.

5) Meredith and Fielding Cocke presented longtime volunteer Kathy Stewart with the Meredith and Fielding Cocke Visionary Award.

Stand Up For Brain Cancer Gala

The Broach Foundation For Cancer Research

The inspiring story of James Broach, and the Foundation he established to raise funds to fight the aggressive kind of cancer he had, continues to draw supporters year after year. James lost his battle in 2013, but his family and friends still fight on in his honor. This year’s Stand Up for Brain Cancer Gala featured funny man Kevin Nealon, and raised over $525,000 for brain cancer research at MD Anderson Hospital, bringing the total funds raised to $4 million.

1) Saturday Night Live alum Kevin Nealon was surrounded by fans (l-r) Barbara Perlick, Carrie Field, Chrissie Lewis and Carrie Lium at the “Stand Up for Brain Cancer” Gala.

2) Jeff Byrd with Jamie Broach Byrd and Parker Broach. Jamie’s late husband James Broach started the Foundation to fund research into aggressive brain cancer. He lost his battle in 2013.

3) Dina and Ryan Taaffee at the 6th annual Broach Foundation for Cancer Research Gala.

4) Kate Walters joins Kathleen Graf and Allison Wise.

5) Jason and Lacey Webster with Scott Bateman.


Out And About


“Drinks on the Drive” is all about fun networking for a good cause at the Hotel ZaZa. That summertime item tops Out and About this month, along with a luncheon honoring past presidents and leaders of the Houston Alumnae Panhellenic Foundation; a Family Houston push for mental health awareness; an all-out competition to win Scrabble in the City and raise money for Literacy Advance; and a Dream Girls and Guys event for Legacy that rocked a Sunday afternoon in the city.

1) Sandra Menxueiro and Mayra Romero enjoy Drinks on the Drive at Hotel ZaZa. They and other members of the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce gathered to support Trees for Houston’s Red Buds, an effort to raise awareness of the organization.

2) Dr. Suliat Nurudeen and her sister Dr. Kemi Nurudeen at the 15th annual Mint Julep party at Rich’s Houston. The Dream Girls and Guys-themed event drew 200 partygoers in support of Legacy’s HIV/AIDS services.

3) Pam Staples, Ginger Niemann and Tina Melo attended the Houston Alumnae Panhellenic Foundation Board of Trustees luncheon celebrating 30 years of the Foundation and honoring HAPF Past Presidents. HAPA has raised nearly $1 million in scholarships for undergraduate women.

4) Family Houston honored social services leader Paz Guerra durting its annual Pillars of Strength luncheon. Connie Clancy presented Guerra with roses as nearly 200 guests applauded. Elizabeth McIngvale was featured speaker.

5) Competitive teams squared off against each other for Literacy Advance’s Scrabble in the City at Saint Arnold Brewing Company. (Top row): Jessica Dooman, Julai Whipple, David Arias, Robbin Tooms. (Front row): April Lundy and Sarah Grimmel.l


On The Town with Jan Carson September 2017

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