Houston’s Spring Luncheons Raised More Funds Than Ever Before
By Jennifer Roosth
THE SCENE: The best luncheons in town make a a tremendous difference to so many who benefit from them. Salvation Army “Reflections on Style”, the Children’s Assessment Center “Spirit of Spring”, the Easter Seals “Hats Off to Moms”, “I Am Waters”, MD Anderson Volunteer, and Multiple Sclerosis “On the Move” luncheons kept the country club and hotel ballrooms filled with a sea of pastel-clad beauties in the latest spring Chanel, Valentino, Armani, Pucci and hats galore. Fashion runway shows by Tootsies, shopping, and double-air kisses helped define the scene as some of Houston’s most amazing charities welcomed spring.
THE VIBE: Despite the glamour of the spring luncheon social swirl, Houstonians in attendance never forget that the purpose of these events: to share what they have…energy, attention, love and funds…with those in need in the regional community. There were heartwarming testimonials and moving keynote speeches at all of the luncheons where the focus was helping the less fortunate and championing the organizations that care for them.
THE CAUSE: Each cause is vital and here’s a sampling. The Easter Seals honored 15 moms in honor of its 15th annual Hats Off luncheon: Sofia Adrogué, Jana Arnoldy, Suzette Caldwell, Patricia Hamilton Dewhurst, Andi Fry, Kelli Kickerillo, Mary Kickerillo, Leela Krishnamurthy, Audrey Lawson, Katherine Le, Kristen Nix, Amy Pierce, Kathi Rovere, Karen Susman, and Ileana Treviño. This was chaired by Gina Gaston Elie and Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein, and raised $205,000 for programs of the Easter Seals Greater Houston.
The Salvation Army Auxiliary Reflections on Style and Chic Boutique luncheon raised over $550,000. The event honored Janice McNair, and was chaired by Brenda DeVore. The Chic Boutique chairs were Debbie Rogers and Jeanne Ruberti, while the Couture chairs were Rose Cullen, Linda McReynolds and Phoebe Tudor, and the After-Sale chair was Deborah Dunkum. The Multiple Sclerosis On the Move luncheon raised $160,000, was chaired by Franelle Rogers, and honored Penny Loyd and Frost Bank. Deborah Duncan interviewed keynote speaker musician Steve Tyrell. The MD Anderson Cancer Center Volunteer Endowment for Patient Support (VEPS) Annual luncheon raised $835,000 and special thanks went to lead underwriters Rania and Jamal Daniel while Kathy and Jeff Love chaired the luncheon. The Children’s Assessment Center 15th annual Spirit of Spring luncheon was chaired by Tina Davis, Lidiya Gold, Denise Hazen and Yvette Webb and honored Senator Joan Huffman, and included keynote speaker Alicia Kozakiewicz. The I Am Waters Supermodel luncheon was chaired by Debra and Mark Grierson and Phoebe and Bobby Tudor and honored Lynn Wyatt. Founder Elena David welcomed some of her Supermodel friends to Houston including Chandra North, Rachel Hunter, Alicia Kozakiewicz and Julie Anderson. The array of luncheons and causes always reflects Houston’s big heart so beautifully.