A benefit of great art
Chairs Gwen Goffe and Lynne Hudson (pictured, from left) helped raise more than $485,000 for the Glassell School of Art with the colorful South of the Border benefit and auction. The 300-plus aesthetes enjoyed the rustic chandeliers, fiesta-themed centerpieces and margarita stop stocked with buckets of colorful maracas, and they silently bid on 80 works by local artists. The $10,000 Meredith J. Long Core Program Award was presented to Gabriel Martinez, a second-year Core artist-in-residence, in recognition of his exceptional artistic merit. Among the guests were Lisa and Russell Sherrill, Jean Kilroy, Judy and Scott Nyquist, Laurie Morian, Meredith and Cornelia Long, Leslie and Brad Bucher, Nina and Michael Zilkha, Martha Katherine Long, Courtney and Christopher Sarofim, Laurie and Reed Morian, Victoria and Marshall Lightman, Christopher Gardner, Alfred Glassell III, Marli Andrade, Katherine McGovern, and Aliyya and Herman Stude. (Photo: Jenny Antill)
Cancer can’t stop them
Three-time cancer survivor Nancy Moncrief (pictured, from left, with Henry and Merry Jane Eversole) was honored at The New Summer Standard 2012, a black-tie dinner and dance celebrating National Cancer Survivors Day. CancerForward: The Foundation for Cancer Survivors presented the event. Moncrief was first diagnosed with cancer at age 12, and four years ago the mother of four adult sons lost her husband, Lee, to esophageal cancer. Also in the cancer-fighting crowd were Judy and Charles Tate, Leila Mischer, Lynda and David Underwood, Bonner Ball, Elizabeth and Peter Wareing, Kelli and Eddy Scurlock Blanton, Cora Sue and Harry Mach, Joella and Steve Mach, Kenady Davis, Kristen and Jason Kaminsky, and Moncrief’s sons and their wives.
Sending medical supplies abroad
Medical Bridges will recognize Margaret Alkek Williams as community honoree and Dr. Mark Kline as the medical honoree at its One People, One World gala in October. But before that, the two were applauded by more than 80 guests at the kick-off party. Medical Bridges redistributes surplus medical supplies to healthcare providers in less-fortunate countries. Among the supporters at the party: Alkek Williams, Mark Wallace and Leisa Holland Nelson (pictured, from left), Aime and Jeff Springmeyer, Barbara Van Postman, Mary Ann and Dr. Bob Wilkins, Kathi and Bill Rovere, Jim Daniel, Dana Kervin, Beth Wolff, Elizabeth Campbell, Bill Lowerre, John Zipprich, Dr. Peggy Goetz and Kimberly David. (Photo: Monica Kressman)
Resort vacation in Houston
Anne, Lucy and Laurie Carl (pictured, from left) chaired the island resort-themed party that raised more than $70,000 to benefit Rienzi. Rienzi, the former home of Carroll Sterling and Harris Masterson III, is now the Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s house museum for European decorative arts. At the party, 250-plus guests dressed in “resort chic” and enjoyed poolside cocktails, a buffet and entertainment by Steel Vibrations. Among the guests saying “Aloha” at the party were Noble Carl, Marty and Kathy Goossen, Erik and Nancy Littlejohn, and Hardy and Amy Murchison. (Photo: Jenny Antill)
Give it away, give it away now
Lizzy Duble, 14 and a freshman at St. Agnes, and her father Steven (pictured) picked up some items for their homes and became part of an art exhibit at Molly Gochman’s fourth Give-away Project exhibition. Ten years ago, in her first Give-away Project exhibit, artist Gochman gave away her wardrobe to audience members who agreed to have their photos taken in their new clothes. Gochman used those photos in her next two Give-away Project exhibits. For the recent fourth exhibit, in her studio on Bartlett, she invited audience members to select items from a pool of objects that belonged to her and her family, integrating the audience into the performance.
Siblings kick booty
Montserrat Fernandez, 20 and a student at the University of St. Thomas, (pictured) won three silver medals and a gold medal at the 2012 American Taekwondo Association World Championships Tournament in Little Rock, Ark. Little brother Ferran, 9, won a silver medal in his first trip to the world championships. Only the top 10 competitors worldwide were invited to the tournament. Montserrat won her gold in the creative weapons category, women’s 18-29, second- and third-degree black belt division. Ferran won his silver in extreme weapons. Montserrat has been studying taekwondo since she was 9 and has won seven state championships.
River Oaks resident Kara Neumann spent her July 4 helping Buzz intern Pooja Salhotra and friend Gaby Santiago photograph local Independence Day parades and festivals for The Buzz. Kara lent her cute gray Mini Cooper for the parade and helped decorate it with festive red, white and blue streamers and beads. Blaring patriotic music from the Mini while waving to residents, Neumann showed off her American pride. Kara enjoyed driving her car in a parade for the first time, and she says her favorite part was seeing all of the kids’ enchanted faces as she passed out bubble gum. Pictured (from left) are Santiago, Salhotra and Neumann.
St. John’s School varsity cheerleaders Meg Bres, Paige Albert and Robby Rybarczyk (pictured, from left, with head coach Jamie Everett) were named 2012 All-American Cheerleaders at the recent National Cheerleaders Association Cheer Camp. All-American Cheerleader is the highest award given by the NCA. After going through a routine, nominees are judged by NCA staff. If the nominee scores 23 out of 30, they become an NCA All-Star and are invited to NCA special events.
Women and wardrobes
The evening was full of “WOW”s as Women of Wardrobe members toured the new Dress for Success Houston building on Eastside Street, sipped fresh ginger lemonade paired with Hudson Ferus vodka, and enjoyed sliders. It was a sweet event for DFSH and the attendees, including (pictured, from left) Paige Branam, Jolea Bryant, Lauren Page, Sharron Melton and Abby Lestin, as they nibbled on mini-cupcakes and Nutella bread pudding while learning about the organization’s young professionals group that raises funds for DFSH. Other women at the event included Mary Nichols Patton, Frani Broussard Denenburg, Rachel Rosson and Katy Mayell.
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