Houston Lifestyles & Homes October 2009
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On the Town      with Jan Carson
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Please e-mail your event news and photos to jan@jancarson.com or mail to Jan Carson: 109 North Post Oak Lane, Ste. 422, Houston, TX 77024.
Check out my Web site at www.jancarson.com.
n these challenging times, it’s inspiring to see philanthropic Houstonians continuing to step up … donating both time and money. Case in point: Enbridge Energy and its Managing Director Stephen Letwin. Letwin and his wife, Debbie, are chairing the 2010 “Keep the Beat” Heart Ball on Feb. 13. They topped their $25,000 personal commitment with a $200,000 corporate pledge …the largest single gift in Heart Ball history! With the help of Heart Guild volunteers, the Letwins will no doubt reach their $1 million goal to help the American Heart Association fight heart disease and stroke.

Out and About ...
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a new fundraising event is sure to attract lots of attention. BRA-vissima! is an art bra project sponsored by the Pink Ribbon House and benefits the Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine. Celebs including Chloe Dao and Ernie Manouse will be decorating bras with such names as “Mardi-BRA,” “BRA-zilla” and “Twin Peaks.” The project kicks off Oct. 1 at Bering & James Gallery, with auction proceeds providing funds for research.

Among the many luncheons on the fall calendar: Building Brighter Futures on Oct. 13 for The Teen Health Foundation chaired by Melissa King and myself. The Baylor College of Medicine’s Teen Health Clinics provide medical care and education for at-risk teens. Dr. Guy Clifton will receive the Dr. Peggy Smith Award for Clinical Excellence and Harris County Commissioner El Franco Lee will also be honored.

Sue and Lester Smith are opening their fabulous Stablewood estate on Oct. 29 for a special evening “Home Safe Home” to benefit AVDA – Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse. A dozen of Houston’s acclaimed chefs, including Robert Del Grande, Mark Cox and Bryan Caswell, will offer tastings from their signature dishes, paired with specialty wines. Call 713-224-9911 to reserve your tickets for this enchanting evening.

Roll the Presses: Houston’s First Lady Andrea White shares reflections on her political metamorphosis in P.S. Passionate Supporter and Political Spouse. White is hubby Bill’s most ardent supporter as he campaigns for a Texas U.S. Senate seat. Meantime, another P.S. – Personal Stationery guru Marjorie Maxfield is traveling the country promoting her new tome The Write Stuff, which tells us everything we need to know about communicating via paper or e-mail for any occasion. And in the “how does she find the time?” category, busy mom and community volunteer Mehrnaz Gill is now a first-time author. The Yellow Butterfly, a children’s book inspired by her late father, has just been published and proceeds from several book signings this month will benefit Texas Children ’s Hospital.

Jennifer and Lance Gilliam and Courtney and Bo Hopson hope to raise $575,000 for the Children’s Museum of Houston at their “Have A Ball” Gala on Oct. 3. “The FUR BALL” for the Houston Humane Society is set for Oct. 10 and The 2010 Women of Distinction for CCFA will be announced Oct. 21 at a red carpet event at Saks.

Baby Talk: It was a “Noah’s Ark”-themed shower for Case and Carter Oncale, twin sons of Kelley and Brent Oncale, born June 14. Grandmother Virginia Reisman proudly showed off the babies to guests including Connie Cooke, Virginia Steppe, Carol Sawyer, Phyllis Williams, Gayle Holder and Laura Ward. Jenny Moore makes it look easy—daughter Penelope was born on her exact due date of Aug. 19 with ONE push! Dad, David, and little brother, Parker, are helping to pamper both gals.  
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Senior Games
(1) Senior Games
Leading the City Hall send off to the Summer Senior National Games are: (l-r) Humana Houston President Pattie Dale Tye, Mayor Pro Tem Sue Lovell, swimmer and torch bearer DeEtte Sauer, cyclist Jenny Booth, Dan Wolterman (organizing committee chair), and Dr. George Smith, president, Humana Senior Products.
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Apollo 11 40th Anniversary
(2) Apollo 11  40th Anniversary
Alice Danneman (left) and Carolyn Farb join former Astronaut Buzz Aldrin at NASA’s celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission. Aldrin has written a book about his experience of walking on the moon, Magnificent Desolation.
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Partnership for Baylor College of Medicine
(3) Partnership for Baylor College of Medicine
BCM Interim President Dr. William T. Butler joins philanthropist Margaret Alkek Williams and Partnership President Jim Pearson at a party at the Hotel ZaZa, kicking off what promises to be a rewarding year for members of the volunteer organization.
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Barrier Breaker Luncheon
(4) Barrier Breaker Luncheon
From left, Lee Hogan, Charlotte Jones, Chester Jones and Marcia Melancon of Shell Oil celebrate Steve and Sheila Miller ’s many contributions to the Houston community at the 13th Annual Barrier Breaker Luncheon hosted by Career & Recovery Resources Inc.
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Surfin’ Safari Party
(5)Surfin’ Safari Party
Sleek surfboards form a colorful backdrop for the Surfin’ Safari Birthday Party that Hollis and Joe Bullard hosted in their Memorial area manse for lucky gal “moi”… with some secretive planning by hubby Tim Connolly (far left).
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