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Look Good, Feel Good

Leave it to a successful designer battling cancer to come up with a more fashionable way to make it through in-patient treatments. Linda Segal was diagnosed in 2007 with breast cancer and began treatment at MD Anderson. She was inspired to design functional hospital gowns with pazzazz to help herself and others look and feel better while in the hospital. Though Linda lost her battle with cancer in 2009, her idea has come to life as a result of her daughter, Ashley Segal, and Linda’s protege, Lindsay Alvarado via their enterprise aptly named Cure-Couture.

Add a little glamor to your next hospital stay (or that of a good friend) regardless of the reason for the overnight, including chemo, plastic surgery or child birth. Gowns start at $49.


Power Lunch

It’s the new trend. . . a quick lunch at your desk once or twice a week while attending to e-mail and other computer chores. But please, keep up your stylish image and pack something healthy in an eco-friendly and fashion forward lunch bag like this version from Koko. The bag’s insulated lining keeps food warm or cold and includes a bottle holder to keep beverages in an upright position. Available at www.amazon.com. $20.


Houston Philanthropy

Making a Difference Luncheon

Bill and Melissa King and Ed and Gwen Emmett

Over 330 people gathered at Hotel ZaZa in support of El Centro de Corazon. Chairs Gwen and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett were pleased to honor Melissa and Bill King for their long time support of El Centro and their commitment to the Houston community, with the 2011 Making a Difference Award. Melissa Wilson of Fox 26 emceed the day with remarks from keynote speaker, Dr. Roberta Ness, Dean of the University of Texas School of Public Health, who spoke about the current healthcare issues facing the state of Texas and the nation, and how there is a critical need for organizations like El Centro, which provides health care services to individuals and families from across the Greater Houston area. Founder Mary Jo May introduced Gasper Mir, who announced the collaborative network being developed in Harris County to integrate safety net clinics and increase access to care. Director of Development Michele Leal applauded everyone’s efforts and their generosity. Seen in the crowd: Beckie and Gasper Mir, Kim Ruth, Rick and Laura Jaramillo, Cyndy Garza Roberts, David Lopez, Steve Lasher, Janiece Longoria, Arthur and Philamena Baird, Fred Zeidman, Trini Sosa, David Leebron and Pattie Dale Tye.


David McGee TFAA Art, Award & Auction 2011 winner
Photo by Roswitha Vogler/photosbyrovo.com

Texan-French Alliance for the Arts, TFAA, held their 2nd biennial "Art, Award & Auction" which included 40 artists from both Texas and France. Honorary Chair Lynn Wyatt and Honorary Selection Chair Judy Nyquist presented First Place Winner, Houston's David McGee, with the TFAA Artist Award for Excellence - a 10-day artistic residency in France custom tailored to his specific interests. His piece, entitled "Sartre & Camus," is a watercolor on paper featuring portraits of hip-hop artists identified as French philosophers. French artist Daniel Farioli, who traveled all the way from Nice, was recognized as the Second Place Award Winner, and Third Place went to Jonathan Leach. The international crowd of 250 included French gallery owners Virginie Boissiere and Natalia Jimenez-Gomendio who flew in from France to experience the dynamic art scene of Houston. Mickey Henry, President of TFAA welcomed guests and discussed TFAA's mission of promoting the exchange of art, culture and education.


Spirit of Spring

Kimberly DeLape, Deborah Duncan, Alicia Smith
Photo by Kim Coffman

The Children’s Assessment Center (The CAC) hosted the 12th Annual Spirit of Spring Fashion and Fragrance Soirée, The Power of One, with Lakewood Church Choir and Grammy Award Winning Gospel Singer, Israel Houghton, performed his inspirational hit, “The Power of One”, that the event chairs hand-picked to coincide with the luncheon theme. The successful event was chaired by Kimberly DeLape, Deborah Duncan and Alicia Smith, along with honorary chair, Pily Simón. This year’s event was generously underwritten by H-E-B and Leslie Alexander and The Houston Rockets, and the fashion show was underwritten by Momentum Porsche and Porsche West Houston. Rhonda Kuykendall was recognized for successfully participating in passing Jessica’s Law in Texas, which enhanced the punishment range for child molesters and overturned the Statute of Limitations, thereby ending the timeframe for reporting child abuse. Director of the CAC, Elaine Stolte, commented that “Our Spirit of Spring event was a huge success due to our incredible group of supporters who continue to recognize the needs of abused children in our community; we are so grateful for continued support.”

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