Una Notte In Italia’s Glamorous Evening
By Jennifer Roosth
Photography by Emile Browne and Quy Tran
THE SCENE: Known as one of the most fun events of the social season, 700 glamorous guests gathered at The Royal Sonesta Hotel to cheer on notable men and athletes who walked the runway in Italian suits by Festari for Men, all to raise funds for Bo’s Place, a non-profit bereavement center in Houston.The Festari fashion show’s “Una Notte in Italia” celebration was indeed a celebration of life for a wonderful cause.
THE VIBE: The vibe was lively and glamorously chic with a cocktail hour that was a who’s who of the city as a wide cross section of philanthropic Houstonians enjoyed champagne and tequila provided by Riazul. A seated dinner followed with emcee Dominique Sachse introducing the 25 men strutting the runway to personally selected music. The gents included businessmen Rick Perez, David Shine, George Lugrin, Frank Verducci, Bashar Kalai and Ben Berg. Bo’s Place Board President Travis Torrence was a fan favorite, as were Dynamo soccer player David Horst, Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, three-time Olympian Steven Lopez and Houston Texans’ Andre Hal, Christian Covington and Whitney Mercilus.
Following the fashion show, Andy Cerota and Miss Texas-USA Nancy Gonzalez led a live auction highlighting a trip to Italy and a seated dinner at B&B Butchers with several Texans pro players. The night concluded with the very lively scene on the dance floor with local celebrity DJ Senega.
THE CAUSE: The night of festive fashion was co-chaired by Stacey Soriero and Tiffany Wong with honorary chairman Debbie Festari. The event’s beneficiary, Bo’s Place, is a non-profit, free-of-charge bereavement center, which offers support and community to those who have experienced the death of a loved one. During the evening, Debbie and Rudy Festari, event founders, were presented with a Proclamation from the City of Houston for their many years of fundraising of beyond $4 million dollars to local charities.