Applause. A reality show-skit spoof about the day in a life of psychotherapist Dr. Shippensburg was in tribute to Connie Reddy’s former life as a runner-up to the title of Ms. Shippensburg and her earlier career as a psychotherapist. The skit involved a cast of nine, with “patients” who had mah jongg addiction and Words with Friends obsessions, among other disorders. The spoof was held at Connie’s 65th birthday dinner thrown by her hubby Pat Reddy (also a star) at the Manor House. Liz and Rob Andrews, Stephanie and Paul Madan, Connie and Rick Senter, Vicky and Howard Dyer-Smith, Karen Craig, Ann Bullock, Lili Rubin and Richard Liebman were part of the selective crowd.
Good travel tips. Trevor Rabie had promised his wife Ruth that he would take her to Italy before she turned 60. Smart man. He made the deadline by a few months. Their 11-day trip to Rome, Venice and Florence included a drive through Tuscany. When they tried to find the small villages on their agenda, their GPS navigation rerouted them back to the front door of their hotel. They finally decided to park outside the village walls and walk. They downloaded tours from Rick Steves’ website onto their phones and listened on their head phones at their leisure.
Poker Face won. Bill Stroman won a six-day trip to Turks and Caicos in a Texas Hold ‘Em tournament at a charity event. He beat out 140 players for a three-bedroom, three-bath home overlooking a pool and the beach. His wife Lynda shopped with Kathy Tweeton and Bills’ parents, Coach and Nancy Stroman, and Bill and Phil Tweeton dived. The laid-back attitude and quaint restaurants were as good as a pair of aces.
Wouldn’t it be nice? Susie Hale and Dana Kervin enjoyed spa pampering and a steak dinner on a gal-pal trip at the San Luis in Galveston. They were then ready for the Beach Boys concert at the Grand 1894 Opera House. The room was packed to the rafters with baby boomers dancing and singing along and reliving their youth. John Stamos of TV show Necessary Roughness also appeared with the group. Let’s do it again. Fun, fun, fun.
Palm trees swayed. The Beverly Hills Hotel scene was duplicated at the Houston Country Club for the Sept. 21 wedding of Nicole Fertitta and Ashton Stresau. An arbor of white roses framed the couple as they took their vows overlooking the grounds of the golf course, thankful that days of heavy rain had ceased. A memory was created when the orchestra played September, with the lyrics “Do you remember the 21st night of September,” by Earth, Wind & Fire. While the clouds were chased away, a martini-glass ice sculpture with a tube passed gin and vodka to guests, and bubbles floated in the air as guests waited for their cars at the valet. They honeymooned in sunny Saint Thomas as their parents Karen and Kevin Henry and Randall Fertitta and Tamara and Mike Stresau rejoiced at the beautiful day.
Discotheque. Disco balls and ‘70s lamps set the scene for the Stayin’ Alive-themed celebration of the life of Dr. John Stehlin, who devoted his life to cancer research. The Hustle-induced crowd of 500 guests raised more than $450,000. Co-chairs Denise and Philip Bahr joined the line-dance fever to the tunes of the Bee Gees tribute band and later, the COMPANY MEN. The evening honored Dr. Robert Ivany, president of the University of St. Thomas. Donning rainbow boas and flashing glasses were Marianne Ivany, Lory Tauber, Clark Whitley, Alicia Ciccone and Dan Hamilton.
Who is the fairest of them all? A car of broken mirrors and a sign that said “Shattered Vanity” graced the front of Tootsies. That was a clue about a happening scene with party creators and hosts Lyndsey Zorich and Tamar Mendelssohn at the helm. “A Couture Cause” calendars, featuring local fashionably dressed women, were sold to raise money for The Orange Show and Youth Hope Association. Browsing the silent auction and taking candid shots in the photo booth were Jamie Burns, Jenni Swyka, Tracey Keegan, Stephanie Selaiden, Natalie Prewitt, Kara Lee and Jennifer Welker (Ms. July).
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