Una Notte in Italia Celebrates Italian Style

By Jennifer Roosth   Photography by Emile Browne and Quy Tran

THE SCENE : Over 600 guests recently enjoyed all things Italian – fine wine, food, and of course, fashion – at this year’s Una Notte in Italia (A Night in Italy) benefitting Bo’s Place and presented by Festari for Men. The event, which focuses on philanthropic businessmen and athletes who walk the runway in the name of charity, was once again a sold out affair with the catwalk strewn with confetti and roses.

THE VIBE: The 16th annual gala was as energetic and exciting as always. The 25 male models selected to walk the runway included athletes, high profile businessmen, and lawyers. This year’s lineup of “celebrity” models included Houston Dynamo soccer club’s Chandler Hoffman, Houston Texans’ Kareem Jackson, Garrett Graham, Andre Hal and Alfred Blue, as well as lawyers Chad Pinkerton, James Lassiter, and Travis Torrence. Also taking to the catwalk were businessmen Chad Zamarin, Anatol Feygin, Charles Clark, Ajay Khurana, Rocky Mafrige, Bill Toomey, and Ben Dugger. After the lively fashion runway show and live auction, the crowd enjoyed a premier after party in a lounge setting complete with specialty drinks from Circulo Tequila and non-stop dance music from popular DJ Senega.

THE CAUSE: Gala chairman Eloise Frischkorn Bauer and honorary chairman Debbie Festari, as well as emcee Dominique Sachse and auctioneer Andy Cerota, supported the event that raised over $350,000 in support of Bo’s Place, a nonprofit bereavement center that offers free grief support services to children, families, and adults who have experienced the death of a loved one.

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