Una Notte In Italia Celebrates 20th Anniversary Fashion Gala
By Jennifer Roosth Photography by Gregg Harrison and Quy Tran
THE SCENE: The 20th anniversary of the annual Festari for Men runway fashion show gala, Una Notte in Italia, was a night full of fun, fashion and all things Italian. There was a special excitement in the air as the crowd of over 600 people at the sold-out event at the Royal Sonesta Hotel cheered on philanthropic businessmen and athletes in fall fashions by Festari for Men. The crowd enjoyed an elaborate Italian feast paired with fine wines, as well as a lively auction, and then danced the night away to the sounds of popular DJ Senega.
THE VIBE: The evening was a tribute to fabulous men in the Houston community. Some of the handsome men chosen to grace the runway included Bashar Kalai and Ali Dhanani, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, Tommy Khuranoff, Antonio Merlo, Ed Finger, our very own Lance Avery Morgan, Chip Lewis, Travis Torrence, and Marc Nguyen. The popular athlete contingent included Houston Texans stars Christian Covington, Kareem Jackson, Johnathan Joseph and Tyrann Mathieu. Some of the biggest auction items included sports packages from the Houston Rockets, Texans and Astros as well as a trip to beautiful Tuscany, Italy.
THE CAUSE: KPRC’s Dominique Sachse emceed the show along with the station’s Andy Cerota who led the live auction. The gala was co-chaired by Brigitte Kalai and Melissa Mithoff, along with Debbie Festari who served as the honorary chair and co-emcee. The trio set a record for the event of over $400,000 raised for Houston Area Women’s Center to help families affected by domestic violence.