Houston Lifestyles & Homes February 2009
Houston Lifestyles & Homes February 2009
I don’t know about you, but my resolve to cut down on sugar definitely melts in the
weeks leading up to Valentine
’s Day. It’s so hard to resist those yummy little heart shaped chocolates! Good thing a
little dark chocolate is actually good for our heart. As is dancing, romancing
and red wine
…so why not combine all of the above and kick up your heels at the Razzle Dazzle
Red Heart Ball on Feb. 7? It
’s a great way to celebrate your sweetheart, and support the terrific work of the
American Heart Association.
Out and About..
The winter season got off to a fast start with several major events the very
first week of the New Year. One of the most anticipated splashes is always the
The Social Book launch party, and this year
’s theme Fashionably Social, A Cool Party Celebrating the Hot! certainly
fulfilled its promise. Publishers
Scott Evans and Jeff Henry lined up an A-list of sponsors, vendors and party planners to wow the wall to
wall guests at the Omni Houston Hotel. Of course, The Social Book is the
official compendium of our city
’s glittery galas, fun-filled fundraisers and sassy soirées. 2009 Social Treasures, including Diane Gendel, Joanne King Herring, Jodie and Maryann Hoffer, Patty Hubbard, Don
Jordan, Vincent, Mary K and Kelli Kickerillo, Melanie Lawson, Ann Sakowitz,
Lester and Sue Smith, Dr. James and Nancy Willerson, Fred Zeidman
and the late Ron Stone, were recognized for their community contributions, and I was honored to be
included among them. Houston Treasures is a concept created by
Warner Roberts, who is definitely a Treasure herself!
Event organizers know that pacing is critical to the success of any evening, and
Cabaret for the Cure is one night where the entertainment is non-stop! Gala
Debra and Mark Grierson and founder Paul-David Van Atta presented a magical evening on three stages, featuring jazz, cabaret, opera, R&B and a whole lot of soul. Guests were mesmerized as Grammy Award -winning
vocalist and pianist
Diane Schuur captivated the room. Also featured: Kenneth Gayle, Todd Honeycutt, the Richard Brown Orchestra, Bubba McNeely, Shaun Smith and many others. All proceeds benefited the HIV/AIDS programs at Legacy
Community Health Services.
The Winter Ball was a jewels-themed extravaganza presenting the 2009 Women of
Distinction. Congratulations to the following leaders for their amazing
Donatella Benckenstein, Gracie Cavnar, Elizabeth DeLuca, Rosi Hernandez, Evelyn
Leightman, Cheryl Moore McNair, Elizabeth Meyer Petersen, Cindi Harwood Rose,
Barbara Scott, Phoebe Tudor
and Diane Gendel. The accomplishments of these ladies are truly extraordinary, representing
countless hours of service to a broad range of social agencies, cultural
organizations and other nonprofits.
Speaking of hard working women … Hadassah’s prestigious Women of Courage award will be presented March 8 to Nina Proler Brown and Eve Lapin for their outstanding contributions to health education. For tickets, call
Great Line: Instead of advising “No gifts please,” the invitation to a birthday bash for Chris Kase contained an enclosure card that read: “Chris is registered at the nonprofit organization of your choice.” Now that’s a classy way to celebrate someone. Pet Peeve Alert: I’m wondering why so many “Save the Date” cards don’t include a phone number or e-mail address? Make it easy for someone to contact
you to buy a ticket or get more information. And it helps to have the contact
information large enough to read!
1) Miller Outdoor Theatre Gala
A fabulous evening in support of Miller Outdoor Theatre featured (l-r) Frank
Hood, Cece Fowler, Mayor Bill White, honoree Joe Nelson, Andrea White and
Rodney Nathan. Guests were entertained by singer/humorist Ann Hampton Callaway.
2) Camp for All
More than 200 guests gathered under the stars at the “November to Remember” event at Camp for All near Brenham. From left: Ryan Davis, Jane and Field
Emerson, Kathleen and Bob Davis, and Pat Sorrells, Camp For All president and
CEO. The event helped raise $60,000.
4) Worlds AIDS Day Luncheon
George Lancaster joins Carolyn Farb and Kenn McLaughlin at the 20th annual World
AIDS Day luncheon at the Corinthian, which raised $200,000 for prevention
5) M.D. Anderson Lung Cancer Research
Nancy Susaneck and Albert Goldreich welcome Dr. Roy Herbst to a reception at 18
Hands Gallery in support of
“Art for the Cure,” benefiting M.D. Anderson Cancer Center’s Lung Cancer Research Program.
3) Kappa Holiday Pilgrimage
luncheon co-chair Liz Wozencraft and keynote speaker Jason Graham, who is
executive chef at Cal-a-Vie, join luncheon co-chair Lisa Wallace Kanaly and
writer/author Louise Parsley. All the women are Kappas, with funds benefiting
13 different charities.
On the Town with Jan Carson
M.D. Anderson Lung Cancer Research
Fort Bend Publishing Group 2008
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