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October 2014 - Houston

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F or its 11th year, the March of Dimes continued the tony tradition of mixing style with philanthropy for its annual Labor Day Luncheon benefitting The Woman's Hospital of Texas. Chairmen Linda Russell, hospital CEO, and Laura Davenport, MOD Guild member, oversaw the mid-day fête with runway show, style tips, pop-up shops and, of course, a luncheon, all choreographed to perfection at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. Six hundred philanthropic women attended, emceed by ABC13's Miya Shay, with stylist/image consultant Rebecca Matthews spilling fashion secrets in a seminar just before the fashion show, which was produced by man about town Todd Ramos. Helping to raise both funds and awareness for March of Dimes, a historic organization that aids premature babies and their moms, keynote speaker Melissa Booner movingly shared her positive experience with the NICU when she gave birth to twins prematurely at 32 weeks. Queens around the catwalk: March of Dimes executive director Hallee Winnie, Karina Barbieri, Emily Elliott, Christie Sullivan, Jacquie Baly, Dalida Anthony, Nadine Boutros, Natalie King, Vanessa Sendukas, Katie Nixon, Kelcey Kochner, and Bethany Factor. OCTOBER | PAGE 46 | 2014 NO LABOR DAY PAINS AT The Woman's Hospital and MOD Luncheon MATTHEW RAMIREZ REPORTS ON THE FIRST RUNWAY RITE OF FALL. PHOTOGRAPHY ALEXANDER'S FINE PORTRAIT DESIGN. Emily Elliott Miya Shay Chairman Linda Russell Todd Ramos Kairy-Tate Barkley Erin Christie Laquita Cyprian Jacquie Baly Nadine Boutros Michelle Crose Kelcey Kochner Eve Janet Ferguson Gina Gaston Allison Broadnax Christie Sullivan Vanessa Sendukas Lucy Davenport Karina Barbieri Natalie King Rebecca Matthews Alissa Maples Dhalia Anthony Bethany Factor Peta-Gay Ledbetter Chairman Laura Davenport Rachel Duncan IN THE CENTRAL GALLERY OF THE BLAFFER ART MUSEUM, some 20 jubilantly hued umbrellas dangled from the ceiling on undetectable filament. The clever installation left you wanting to know more — an apt summation of the revolution that has come about since New York-based architects WORKac structurally reimagined the Blaffer in 2011, under the watchful eye of museum director and chief curator Claudia Schmuckli. The suspended parasols were part of this year's gala, themed Ready.Steady.Go! after a 1960s British TV show comparable to America's Soul Train and American Bandstand. The theme prompted guests to turn out in sleek, chic and fun frocks for a night of cocktails throughout the first floor; a seated supper, care of City Kitchen, atop Pucci-esque tablecloths in the two main galleries; a photo booth tucked inside a Volkswagen Type 2 caravan; and a raucous dance party in one of the upstairs galleries, its white walls the perfect backdrop for a psychedelic light show. Adding an art-filled dimension was a silent auction of 15 works from artists Anton Ginzburg, Laura Letinsky and Miguel Amat. Also joining the fun were Cecilia Márquez's Houston-based design shop Saint Cloud, which provided witty cacti centerpieces for each table, and two Saks Fifth Avenue brands: Courrèges, which donated trademark white sunglasses as favors for those who gave $100 or more, and Reed Krakoff, which customized luggage tags for the night's most involved individuals. The who: chairmen Cullen Geiselman, Leslie and Mark Hull and Ryan Gordon; honorees Joanne Guest Wilson and Welcome Wilson Sr.; Coco Blaffer, Joan Blaffer Johnson with daughter Kaleta Blaffer Johnson, John Blaffer Royall, Tracey Langfitt, UH president Renu Khator and husband Suresh, Heidi Gerger, Jo and Jim Furr, Estela and David Cockrell, Katherine Phelps, Beau Miller, Ashley and Steve Putman, Kelly Silvers, Erin Breen, Cornelia and Meredith Long, Beverly Barrett, Karen Farber, Emily Church, Kelly and Russell Hamman, and Barbara and Corbin Robertson. Beau Miller Courrèges a go go Honoree Welcome Wilson Sr. Honoree Joanne Guest Wilson Mod spot Quang Henderson Staci Henderson Emily Church Heidi Gerger Kaleta Blaffer Johnson Tracey Langfitt John Blaffer Royall Elizabeth Castleberry Demi Wilson Sander Dorene Herzog Kelly Silvers Corbin Robertson Barbara Robertson Frank Herzog Karen Farber Frances Marzio George Jackson David Cockrell Chairman Ryan Gordon MAD The Swinging Soirée that was the Blaffer Gala MOD for BY SETH VAUGHAN. PHOTOGRAPHY JENNY ANTILL. Claudia Schmuckli Jim Furr Chairman Mark Hull Chairman Leslie Hull Jo Furr Lauren Novak Chairman Cullen Geiselman Beth Madison Estela Cockrell Beth Robertson

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