Buzz About Town – June 2012

June 2012

Fighting back with fashion
Sloane Adrogue Gustafson
, 16, a student at St. John’s School, created and chaired the Speak Against Silence Fashion Show at Urban Retreat, raising more than $50,000 for Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse. Caroline Metz Shaikh, a student at Lamar High School, co-chaired the show. The girls’ mothers, Sofia Adrogué and Jennifer Metz, were honorary chairs, with Sofia also emceeing. Pictured (from left) are Madeleine Angus, Katie Musemeche, Adrogue, Andrea Popova, Janie Alcorn and Simone Delacey.

International tea
The consul general of France, Frederic Bontems, joined Robbie de Vries and Jessica Bird for tea at de Vries’ home. Bird had returned to Houston after finishing her university studies in Paris and was eager to interact with young Frenchmen and Frenchwomen here. The former head of Air France, Christian Escudie, was also there to add guidance and entertainment. Pictured (from left) are Bontems, Jamie Walter, Jessica Bird, Doug Bird, de Vries and Escudie.

Fashion army
Carol Sharpe
(pictured, left, with honoree Jeanie Kilroy) led the Salvation Army’s second-hand resale extravaganza, Reflections on Style. The Chic Boutique, runway show and luncheon at River Oaks Country Club sold out and raised more than $500,000. The event included a “boutique within a boutique” full of animal treasures and accessories. The event presented donated clothing from designers Valentino, Chanel, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana and more. Event organizers were Harriet Hart Wallace, Debbie Coward Rogers, Rose Cullen, Linda McReynolds, Phoebe Tudor, Tara Conley, Maggie Smith, Sidney Faust, Cora Sue Mach, Judi McGee and Carolyn Mann. In the crowd were Pat Breen, Sue Nan Cutsinger, Debbie Leighton, Rhonda Jones, Mary Maxey, Janice McNair, Diane Lokey Farb, Elise Joseph, Anne Duncan and Clare Glassell. Photo: Kim Coffman

Movie star, moving speaker
At the Spirit of Spring luncheon and fashion show for The Children’s Assessment Center, featured speaker Ashley Judd revealed that she was traumatized at a young age, and she advised the crowd to give the gift of listening to a child. The center provides assessment, prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse. Diane Brown Caplan and Nancy Marcus Golden (pictured, from left, with Judd, center) chaired the event, which included a reception, auction and spring-fashions showcase.

Angel kisses
Michele Clements
and Marlo Bruce chaired the seventh annual “Kissed by an Angel” Girl’s Night Out for The Clayton Dabney Foundation for Kids with Cancer in Hilda and Greg Curran’s home. David Caceres provided upbeat jazz tunes, Jonathan Andrew Sage provided stunning floral décor, and the husbands provided the wait service. The foundation helps grant anonymous gifts, last wishes and financial assistance for families facing the last stages of terminal childhood cancer. In the crowd were Mimi and Todd Marix, Jill Holstead, Andrew Montgomery, Rex Whiteside, Kathleen Panus, Pam Pierce, Angie Reckling, Kristi Whiteside. Pictured are (from left) Bruce, Clements, Curran and auction chair Lori Shellist.

Earth-friendly art
Courtney Jacobs
(pictured, right, with Bob Levy, Air Alliance Houston Board president), a student at St. John’s School, was one of 27 finalists in the Air Alliance Houston art contest for elementary and middle school students. The contest featured environmentally themed art projects, and visitors to the Earth Day Art Contest website voted on the People’s Choice Award. Luke Richardson from River Oaks Elementary won first place in the fourth-grade category, and Asia Youngs-Bailey, a seventh grader at Johnston Middle School, was overall winner. The finalists had their art professionally framed and received a gift card from Green Bank. Other Buzz-area finalists included Melanie Montiel, Grace Huang, Olivia Zhang and Caroline Huang.

Connect the docs
Betty Hrncir
, (pictured with her family, Trent, John and Garrett Hrncir, from left) was honored at the annual Connect the Docs dinner benefitting Mission Connect neuroscience research. Dr. Robert G. Grossman brought guests back to Nov. 22, 1963, and into Trauma Room 1 of Dallas’ Parkland Memorial Hospital. The attending physician for fatally injured President John Kennedy, Grossman provided a personal and detailed account of that day. David Peck donated one of the dresses from his CrOp collection of eco-friendly, socially conscious clothing. The event raised more than $100,000. Also in the crowd were event chairs Julie and Larry Phillips, Dorel and John Carter, Cathy and Joe Cleary, Janis and Randy Henry, Tom Becker, Diane Gendel, J.R. Rosenfeld, Kay and Ned Holmes, Jerry Andrew, Stacey Lyons, Rev. Larry Hall, Melinda and Jay Chernosky, Diane and Charles Ofner, Julie Phillips and David Peck. Photo: Kim Coffman

Fashion for a passion
Attendees viewed fabulous fall fashions and gave to a good cause at Elizabeth Anthony Esther Wolf’s Escada fashion show and luncheon. Proceeds went to the Women’s Home of Houston, which helps women reclaim their self-esteem and dignity after a crisis. Pictured are (from left) Julie Roberts and Barbara Henson.

Fore! A good cause
Craig Massey, Jimmy McCartney
and Carlos Rainer teed up a fantastic fundraiser, chairing the 2012 Spring Golf Classic to raise more than $83,000 for the Children’s Museum of Houston. Players, including Carlos Perez, Willy Taveras and Tommy Smith (pictured, with Massey, from left, at the “floating tee”), Marc Melcher, Bill Hill and Jim Crane, spent the afternoon competing in a Florida-style scramble tournament – in which one player on each team sits out each shot – won by foursome Jeth Jones, Curt Schaefer, Sonny Whitehead and Greg Young. Photo: Children’s Museum of Houston

Play actin’
Lamar High’s “Radium Girls” advanced to the University Interscholastic League’s one-act play regional competition for the first time in 10 years. Winning awards were Ariella Hauser, best actress; Nouri Alavi, all-star cast; Austin Ruiz, Adriana Vann and Zachary Lasker, honorable mention all-star cast; Garrison Bybee, outstanding technician; and Justin Chevalier, best actor. Pictured in the play are (from left) Ariella and Nouri.

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