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MATTHEW RAMIREZ REPORTS ON THE POWER OF THE PURSE. PHOTOGRAPHY MICHELLE WATSON FOR CATCHLIGHT GROUP. OCTOBER | PAGE 44 | 2014 HEROES FOR CHILDREN'S BRUNCH & HANDBAGS POSH PURSES T his past spring, Heroes for Children celebrated its eighth annual Heroes and Handbags bruncheon/ auction, a fashionable gathering of gilded ladies bidding on designer handbags to benefit the charity that provides assistance to the families of children battling cancer. Diane Caplan chaired the brunch, which boasted bags from Valentino, Alexandra Knight, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Miu Miu. Elaine Turner continued the tradition of designing a custom handbag exclusively for the afternoon: a newly minted collectible in a coveted limited edition for the cause. LUXE LINING M ore than $230,000 was raised during the gathering at the Omni Houston Galleria Hotel. The Spirit of Allie and Taylor Award — named after Allie Leigh Scott and Taylor Anne Brewton, who succumbed to cancer but whose memory inspired the creation of HFC — was bestowed to longtime HFC supporter Christina Papandreou by founders Jenny Dowen (mom of Allie) and Larissa Linton (mom of Taylor). DESIGNER DO-GOODERS S ocials who shopped for HFC included honorary chair Dominique Sachse and underwriting chairs Debra Grierson, Reyne Hirsch, Rosemarie Johnson, and Michelle Posey. Among the cadre of VIPs were special sponsor chair Kathleen Jennings; handbag chairs Lori Lemon-Geshay (who helms the 2015 handbag happening May 7, again at the Omni) and Todd Ramos; decorations chairs Joanna Marks and Hannah McNair; advisory chair Carrie Evans; PR chair Amy Johnston; and Heroes director Apriel Westmoreland. BEAUTIFUL BAGS, BIG NUMBERS S ince 2004, luxurious purses from Versace, Fendi, Jimmy Choo, Chloé, Bulgari, Barbara Bui, Barfield Collection and Tory Burch have garnered more than $5.2 million for Heroes' mission of fulfilling urgent financial needs for everything from assistance with household bills to funds for hospital parking and providing patient laptops. Philanthropic fashionable ones: Ashlee Elmore, Kristy Hensel, Kristen Habich, past chair Alissa Maples, Mimi Meacham, Donae Chramosta, Debbie Festari, Patti Murphy, Stephanie Perkins, Shelley Ludwick, Ellie Francisco, Tiffany Halik, Laura Davenport, Caroline Walter, Angela Davis, Hilary Goynes, Elizabeth Kanarellis, and Sannam Warrender. Amy Johnston Honoree Christina Papandreou Heather Staible Tiffany Halik Jenny Dowen Elaine Turner Larissa Linton Heather McLeskey Kathleen Jennings Kristy Hensel Ting Bresnahan Honorary chairman Dominique Sachse Chairman Diane Caplan Jeff Shell Jennifer Brown Shelley Ludwick Ellie Francisco Romy Mitchell Katarina Tehlirian Debbie Festari Caroline Walter Laura Davenport Sannam Warrender Mimi Meacham Jenny Myers Joanna Hartland Marks Hannah McNair Angela Daniels Alissa Maples PHOTOGRAPHY JENNY ANTILL, PRISCILLA DICKSON RAISING THE STANDARD CANCERFORWARD'S NEW SUMMER STANDARD CELEBRATES SURVIVORSHIP WITH AN ETHOS OF STYLE AND GRACE. I t was a record-breaking year for CancerForward's New Summer Standard, the supper dance which raised $350,000. Once again the soirée delighted in its intimacy and ease — an evening that concluded the spring social season for some of the most active swells among us, for whom cancer survivorship is a priority. Chairmen Millette and Haag Sherman and Gina and Devinder Bhatia, along with honorary chairmen Donna and Robert Bruni, and Ellie and Michael Francisco, welcomed guests to the Houston Country Club for a night honoring 44-year cancer survivor Ellen Cohen. Cohen's early legislative support when she served as a Texas State Representative secured $3 billion, cumulatively, for cancer research, prevention and survivorship. Greeting one and all was ever-charming CancerForward founder Beth Sanders Moore, who oversees the cause, which seeks to prevent second and recurring cancer through its digital communication platforms. Post-cocktails, everyone moved into the club's central ballroom for dinner, followed by tributes to the night's honorees — not only from Sanders Moore but also from Rabbi David Lyon, who imparted the ethical necessity of taking action, which Cohen's activism so perfectly communicates. Afterwards, all hit the dance floor, moving to The Richard Brown Band Deconstructed. Standard-bearers: Kelli and Eddy Blanton, Margaret Williams and Jim Daniel, Kathryn and Ian Fay, Fran Fawcett Peterson, Lary Barton, Joella Mach, Michelle and Alan Smith, Liz and Tom Glanville, Ginni and Richard Mithoff, Kristy and Chris Bradshaw, and Kristin and Jason Kaminsky. Seth Vaughan Jim Daniel Albert Rubio Lary Barton Bobbie Nau Fran Fawcett Peterson Kristy Bradshaw Chris Bradshaw Ian Fay Jason Kaminsky Kristin Kaminsky Meg Kamin Preston Kamin Michael Bickham Lenny Matuszewski Kathryn Fay Kelli Blanton Liz Glanville Seth Vaughan Tom Glanville Eddy Blanton Alissa Maples Beth Sanders Moore Honoree Ellen Cohen Margaret Williams Chairman Millette Sherman Chairman Gina Bhatia Steven Owsley Cabrina Owsley Chairman Devinder Bhatia Joella Mach Chairman Haag Sherman Honorary chairmen Robert & Donna Bruni and Ellie & Michael Francisco

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