Out & About: Post Event Recaps
Don’t Miss the SALE
Aptly titled the SALE, the one-stop shop for discounts on Houston’s best jewelry, décor and clothing boutiques returned on January 12th through the 13th at Bayou City Event Center. Guests enjoyed bubbles, bites and the city’s biggest markdowns all in one location. Proceeds from this “shop to cure childhood cancer” event are used to fund pediatric cancer research at The University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital. The weekend kicked off with a private pre-SALE Breakfast & Bubbly event for upper-level underwriters emceed by Nan Kelley, a Delta Delta Delta alumna and a longtime host of the Top 20 Countdown and Opry Live and regular on Discovery’s network, Great American Country (GAC). After a short video including patient and doctor testimonials, Kelley introduced three doctors, Dr. Richard Gorlick, Dr. Branko Cuglievan and Delta Delta Delta alumna and former pediatric cancer patient, Dr. Zsila Sadighi. The doctors spoke to their research and how the SALE impacts their mission to save lives here in Houston and beyond. The ticketed event began with champagne shopping on Saturday morning followed by Sunday Funday, which featured a panel with some of Houston’s most influential ladies including Caroline Harper Knapp of House of Harper, Estela Cockrell of Switch2Pure and Marla Murphy of The Blonde Pantry. These fabulous entrepreneurs shared their business stories, advice for starting a business and tips on how to be the best version of you in 2019.
This year, the SALE raised funds for The University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital, putting their total raised from the past 5 years at over $1 million for pediatric cancer research in Houston.
God save the queen, it was a party fit for a king!
On Thursday, January 10th, The Social Book, a comprehensive calendar of Houston events, unveiled the 2019 edition at its annual launch party held at the Westin Galleria Hotel. The Social Book‘s owners Scott Evans, Jeff Henry and Sami Shbeeb welcomed more than 600 guests to the regal occasion to celebrate the launch of the 24th anniversary edition. Guests dressed in their best Sussex style to celebrate the majesty of Houston and this year’s Houston Treasures. The Galleria Ballroom was spectacularly staged as a “royal court” divided into four quadrants, Queen’s Parlor, King’s Court, Duchess’ Garden and Prince’s Lodge. From the magnificent flower arrangements and the pop-up portrait studio to the plethora of delicious food and dessert options served at 11 different stations, guests received nothing less than the royal treatment.
Notable attendees included Warner Roberts, Lynn Wyatt, Margaret Alkek Williams, Trini Mendenhall, Rosemary Schatzman, Lilly & Thurmon Andress, Diane Lokey Farb, Joann and Bill Crassas, Gigi Huang, Carol & Tom Sawyer, Betty & John Hrncir, Steve Mach, Yvonne Cormier, Jane-Page Crump, Helen & Jim Shaffer, Cliff and Angie Roberts, Sybil Roos, Alicia Smith, Kim Moody, Frank Billingsley, Elsie & Les Eckert, Hon. Bill King, Vicki Rizzo, Michael McClure, Mary Ann & David McKeithan, Leisa Holland-Nelson, Chloe Dao, and many more!
Nancy Almodovar of Nan & Company Properties/Christie's International Real Estate opened the doors to a stunning, multi-million dollar River Oaks masterpiece furnished by High Fashion Home for a one-of-a-kind evening with Houston’s leading ladies. The night was full of glitz, glamour and Instagrammable moments brought to guests by local, women-owned businesses. Attendees admired unique florals from JOYBOX, tried on gorgeous accessories from Peran & Scannell, posed with luxury vehicles including a Rolls Royce and received exclusive beauty treatments from Dr. Ashley Toutounchi of Aura MD Body. In addition to mingling with vendors, guests were able to tour the extravagant home while sipping on cocktails from an open bar. The event’s proceeds benefitted Houston Area Women’s Center.