29th Annual Age of Aquarius Winter Ball For Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Dazzles
By Jennifer Roosth Photography by Kim Coffman, Priscilla Dickson
THE SCENE: Over 600 supporters of The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America-South Texas Chapter (CCFA) turned out for Crohn & Colitis Foundations Winter Ball. The 2016 Women of Distinction honorees celebrated for their volunteerism and community service were Gina Bhatia, Estela Cockrell, Gina Gaston Elie, Lisa Holthouse, Mady Kades, DeeDee Marsh, Paula Mendoza, Jo Ann Petersen, Barbara Van Postman, and Lynn Walsh, while Phoebe Tudor has been named the 2016 Ambassador for the organization. High school senior Bradlee Few was recognized as the Rising Star, while Allie Doyle was named the Honored Hero of the night and shared her story as a patient.
THE VIBE: The Age of Aquarius theme made for an incredible journey for the evening from start to finish. Mermaids, mermen, pink and aqua floating orbs and a starlit background by Linda McIngvale and the team at A Memorable Event gave the event a fabulous vibe. After the honorees’ presentation, the live auction including tickets to ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” jewels from Franco Valobra and Valobra Master Jewelers, as well as Tenenbaum & Co. Jewelry, and a 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE450 AMG Coupe donated by Mercedes-Benz Dealers of Greater Houston. A silent auction, big board auction and wine pull served as entertainment for the guests, as well as closing out the night, the popular band Passport played to attendees listening and dancing pleasure.
THE CAUSE: The 2016 Winter Ball was chaired by Jana Arnoldy and Susan Arnoldy Hansen and raised over $800,000 for The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), with 83 cents of every $1 donated going directly toward research and patient and professional services. CCFA helps to improve the lives of Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis patients and supports the medical community here in Houston. ABC-13 News Anchors Tom Koch and Melanie Lawson served as Emcees. This ABC-13 event was presented by Mercedes-Benz Dealers of Greater Houston.