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Superstars Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra never performed together on the same stage, but you can experience the illusion of “what might have been” at a special cabaret-style event on March 4 titled “Barbra & Frank…The Concert that Never Was.” This tribute-style evening, presented by The Partnership for Baylor College of Medicine, was the inspiration of co-chairs Sidney Faust and Don Faust and Cora Sue and Harry Mach. All funds benefit collaborative research on heart disease taking place at BCM and will be matched by the Smith Foundation. There ’s still time to get in on this fun night by calling 713-798-5460.
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2010 Best Dressed List
(1) 2010 Best Dressed List
These fashion forward honorees will walk the runway at the March 31 Houston Chronicle Best Dressed Luncheon for the March of Dimes: (l-r, front row) Katherine Le, Danielle Ellis, Courtney Fertitta, Merele Yarborough, Eileen Lawal; (back row) Greggory Burk, Susan Plank, Kelli Cohen Fein, Phoebe Tudor and Courtney Hopson.
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CCFA Women of Distinction
(2) CCFA Women of Distinction
A glittery, frosty scene was the setting for the 2010 Winter Ball “Imperial Grandeur.” Named by CCFA as 2010 Women of Distinction are: (l-r) Joan Dunlap, Melissa King, Linda Lorelle, Patti Murphy, Laura Spalding, Ambassador Jan Carson, Donna Vallone, Helen Shaffer, Carmen Maria Montiel-Lechin, Traci Lee and Harriet Gertner.
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Social Book Launch Party
(3) Social Book Launch Party
A two-story tent was filled with hundreds of party-goers at an OZ-themed bash celebrating the 2011 Social Book. Publisher Scott Evans joins Social Book founder Warner Roberts and editor Jeff Henry.
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Wonderland Bash
(4) Wonderland Bash
Alley Theatre took “urban chic” to a new level with the “Wonderland Bash”—a fantastical soiree celebrating the Alley’s world premiere musical, Wonderland! From left, co-chairs Shannon Hall, Ursaline Hamilton, Isabel David and Elizabeth Abraham.
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Exit Art Exhibit
(5) Exit Art Exhibit
Celebrating the presentation of Exit Art, a New York nonprofit art institution that has become known for cutting-edge programs and emerging artists, are Lester Marks, Jeanette Ingberman, Fairfax Dorn, Deborah Colton, Charles Kramer, Carolyn Farb and Naomi Kramer at the Colton-Farb Gallery.
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The underwriting chairs of the March 6 “Do You Believe in Magic?” gala for the Houston Museum of Natural Science are really getting into the theme. They have dubbed themselves Jim “Copperfield” Flores, Bill “Merlin” Montgomery, Jim “Dumbledore” Looke, Tom “Houdini” Smith, etc. Co-chairs Melinda and Sam Stubbs and Paula and Rusty Walter are waving their magic wands, conjuring up seers, soothsayers, psychics and wizards for the gala, based on an exhibition that HMNS will be featuring at the time. The magic show is sure to add to the popularity of the museum, which already attracts nearly 500,000 school children each year!

The River Oaks Theater will be packed with fashionistas on March 10, strutting for a cause that ’s close to their hearts. Heart Guild members will model spring fashions from stores in the River Oaks Shopping Center, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the American Heart Association. Tickets are just $30 and include cocktails, lite bites and valet parking. Call 713-610-5055 for details.

Going Rogue best selling author Sarah Palin has signed on for the April 22 “A Celebration of Reading” benefiting The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. Authors A.J. Jacobs, Mary Karr, Greg Kincaid and Kathryn Stockett are also scheduled to appear, and there are sure to be some of Mrs. Bush’s special surprises thrown in.

This year, the extended Knight clan of Elaine and Granville Knight, Wade Knight, Amy and De Miller and Alexander and Brady Knight are being honored by Family Services at the March 2 “Celebration of Families” luncheon. Greggory Burk and Leigh Williams are chairing, with Joella and Steve Mach as honorary chairs, and I am pleased to serve as emcee.

It’s time for “Shangri-la…Treasures of the Far East”—an exotic themed gala on March 26 that provides funding for the critical programs Covenant House Texas provides for homeless youth. Longtime supporter Charlotte Haynie will be honored with the 2010 Spirit Award. Call 713-523-2231, ext. 5635 for tickets.
 
The Passion for Fashion luncheon for HCC returns on March 23… and on that same date the 11th annual “Hats Off to Mothers” benefits UCP… and Kelli and Marty Fein are chairing the March 27 Houston Symphony Ball.
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