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LLS KicKoff Luncheon'S Recipe foR SucceSS By BiLLy fong. photogRaphy Dana DRienSKy. pLanning en Plein Air C a n c e r i s n o t c a n c e l e d . " Those poignant, powerful words w e r e s p o k e n b y N a n c y G o p e z a t t h e kickoff reception for the eagerly anticipated 2021 St. Valentine's Day Luncheon and Fashion Show. In a year where many may want to pen "Canceled" across their entire datebook, Gopez, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society advisor chair, spoke words that were an important reminder that the show must go on for many charities, which need our support more than ever during the pandemic. Luncheon chair Melinda Knowles, a tireless community volunteer, and honorary co- chair Louise Griffeth greeted n e a r l y 4 0 h o s t c o m m i t t e e members in the gorgeous garden of Marcia and Mark King's Preston Hollow home. The invitation requested garden-chic attire in every Valentine's Day hue, along with the year's most important accessory: a mask. I love an obedient crowd. The girls wore every shade from scarlet to raspberry. Knowles, the woman of the hour (or, rather, the next five months leading up to the event at the Meyerson on February 11, 2021), wore a crimson Akris sheath, gold Chanel belt, and Gianvito Rossi heels. During her remarks, she shared that the 2021 fashion show would be produced by the inimitable Jan Strimple, with fashion from Carolina Herrera, Alice + Olivia, The Conservatory, Veronica Beard, Roller Rabbit, Lela Rose, and Ralph Lauren. Spotted, pulling down their masks for a quick sip of rose, then masks back up: Christopher Wood, Sara and Eric Stroud, Shelle Sills, Katherine Coker, and M e l i n d a 's d a s h i n g h u s b a n d , Mark Knowles. Luncheon chair Melinda Knowles Carolyn Kerins, Lisa Bhattacharya, Jennifer LeLash Janie Donosky Condon Patsy Miller Donosky, Icon Award recipient Cathleen Griffeth, Nancy Gopez, Maggie Kipp, Jen O'Neal Pilar Henry, Mason Custard Accessories of our times Korey Williams 70

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