Strutting for the symphony
More than 60 young models from toddlers to teens, including Caroline and Annabelle Letzerich (pictured, from left), paraded down the runway in the latest fashions during the Houston Symphony League’s Children Fashion Show and Luncheon. The show netted $56,475 for the symphony’s MusicMatters education program and elicited camera flashes, “oohs” and “ahhs” and applause from the guests. Speaker Lynn Wyatt kicked off the event with a witty and inspired speech about her upbringing in fashion and her love of music. (Photo: Michelle Watson/ CatchLight Group)
Strong, smart and bold
Donna Vallone and Eileen Campbell were honorary co-chairs at Girls Inc. of Houston’s 16th annual Strong, Smart and Bold Celebration Luncheon that raised more than $160,000. Andrea White was keynote speaker to the audience of 500 business and community leaders. Great Day Houston host Deborah Duncan received the Strong, Smart and Bold Award for following her own path and achieving her goals while giving back to the community. The organization offers programming in leadership, math and science, health and wellness to girls ages 6-18. Pictured are (from left) White, Julie Hardin, Campbell and Vallone. (Photo: Jenny Antill)
Around the world in a day
St. Mark’s Episcopal School students celebrated diversity during the school’s day-long heritage celebration. Middle school students participated in a flag ceremony that included flags from all 19 nations of which the school’s students are citizens; then they were given “passports” and visited booths representing each country. The booths included food, music, national costumes, video presentations and photos. Among those enjoying the celebration were (from left) Aidan Pulido and Timothy Nguyen.
Go west, young man
More than 500 children and adults had a Wild West adventure at the Bayou Bend children’s party, raising more than $106,000 for the organization. The children enjoyed lunch, a Wild West train ride, face painting, a petting zoo, trick roping and live music. Among the attendees were (pictured) Estela and David Cockrell with sons Hawk (left) and Starks, Tennie and David Ott, Haydeh and Ali Davoudi, Courtney and John Chapoton, Cabrina and Steven Owsley, and Tricia Dewhurst. (Photo: Jenny Antill)
These Eagles have landed
Garrett Gunter, Zachary Fairbairn, Peter Ehrhard and Will Radney (pictured, from left) have earned the rank of Eagle Scout, becoming the 503rd through 506th members of Troop 642 to land Scouting’s top honor. Each Scout had to organize a community-service project. Gunter’s project benefited the Briarwood School, Fairbairn’s the Fraga Pre-K Center, Ehrhard’s Yellowstone Academy and Radney’s the Ministerio Esperanza en Cristo.
Volunteer of the year
Jim Postl (pictured) received the United Way of Greater Houston’s Robert W. Kneebone Volunteer of the Year Award, the highest honor given to a volunteer. Postl began his volunteer involvement with the United Way of Greater Houston in 2002 and has served on the Board of Trustees, the Donor Relations Committee, the Executive Compensation Committee, the Resource Development Committee and the United Way Worldwide Task Force as well as serving as Community Campaign chair.
Models for waters
The I Am Waters Foundation brought some cool drinks of water to town;’80s supermodels Cheryl Tiegs, Stratford High School graduate Kelly Emberg, Kim Alexis, Westbury High School graduate Joan Severance, Dianne deWitt, Kim Charlton and Tara Shannon reunited for the organization’s luncheon. Actor Jack Scalia and model Tony Spinelli also helped spread the word about the foundation, helping to raise more than $400,000. The organization gives water bottles to America’s homeless, who often are not allowed to use water fountains in businesses. Pictured (from left) are (back row) Scalia, deWitt, Tiegs, Emberg, Severance, Charlton and Spinelli; and (front row) Alexis, Gregg Brown, I Am Waters founder Elena Davis and Tara Shannon. Others at the luncheon included Mauri Oliver, Vicki Rizzo, and John and Terri Havens. (Photo: Kim Coffman)
Students build humanity
Students from The Kinkaid School joined Houston Habitat for Humanity and the Gonzales family to build a home for the Gonzaleses. The third Habitat home Kinkaid has helped build is in northeast Houston’s Milby Park subdivision. Pictured during build day are (from left) Paul Langford, Brianna Allen, Laura Rathmell, Ellen Thanheiser, Emily Robinson, Karen Brownman and Madi Goeringer. (Photo: David Shutts)
Rebecca Chapman and David Gugino (pictured) were among those at Alley Theatre’s 2012 ball, A Touch of RED, which raised more than $400,000 for the theater’s education and community programs. The ball’s theme was based on the play about artist Mark Rothko. At The Corinthian, a neoclassical building downtown, guests were greeted by live painted models and offered red chiffon scarves or red silk handkerchiefs. Other guests included Deana Blackburn, Lynda and John Irvine, Kathryn and Jim Ketelsen, Lois and George Stark, Patty Hubbard, Beth Madison, Margaret Alkek Williams, Kristi and John Schiller, Christina Bryan and Trey Peacock, Jana and Scotty Arnoldy, Peter Ragauss, Patty and Bill Porter, Patty and Steve Raben, and Kathy and John Orton. (Photo: Priscilla Dickson)
The spirit of charity
Raye White (pictured, at left, with Jan Duncan) and her late husband Ed were honored with the prestigious Monsignor John J. Roach Recognition for their commitment to Catholic Charities at the Spirit of Charity Gala. The gala raised $1.4 million for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston- Houston. More than 700 attendees enjoyed a performance by America’s Got Talent contestant Barbara Padilla. Blanche Earthman Morello and Charlie Morello and Ginger and John Niemann served as gala chairs. Catholic Charities provides social services to more than 90,000 people each year. (Photo: Phyllis Hand)
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