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Diplomacy and Diamonds

Houston’s own living legend, Joanne King Herring has written her memoirs. Diplomacy and Diamonds. Her fascinating life of charity, bravery, freeedom fighting, and philanthrophy is detailed in this book. You saw a part of her life in the book and movie, Charlie Wilson’s War. 100% of the proceeds from this book will benefit her foundation , Marshall Plan for Afghanistan which will complement the ongoing U.S. military effort in Afghanistan by rapidly and effectively redeveloping normal, healthy civilian life village by village.

The book launched last week with a whirlwind of interviews in NYC.
You can view them on her website http://joanneherring.com/

Below is the list of her book signings in Houston. If you have already purchased a book, Ms. Herring encourages you to bring it to be signed at one of the booksignings. And if you order a book by Saturday, November 5, on Amazon, (which will go toward the book being on the best seller list) you will receive an invitation to the invitation-only Bulgari signing party below.

Book Signings:
Operation Military Salute
Location: Second Baptist Church, 6400 Woodway.
Date: November 4th from 2-4pm.
with a fee

Champagne and Chocolate Gala
Location: Houston Country Club
Date and Time: November 11th at 7:00pm

Baker Institute Book Signing
Location: Baker Institute at Rice University
Date and Time: November 29th at 6:00pm

Bulgari event
invitation only
details TBA
(if you purchase a book this week on Amazon send an email to joannekingherring@gmail.com with Bulgari in the subject line, and your name, contact info and amazon receipt for an invitation to this event)

Barnes & Noble
details TBA

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Houston Philanthrophy

Houston Audubon Honors Eagles’ Don Henley

Susan Olguin auction chair, Lynda Transier gala co chair, Heidi Rockecharlie gala co chair
photo credit Michelle Deering

Houston Audubon raised nearly $200,000 at its Gala honoring Eagles’ lead singer, Don Henley and his Caddo Lake Institute at Houston Country Club. Mayor Annise Parker presented the award for Outstanding Achievements in Wetlands Conservation. The live auction was buzzing with bids on an acoustical guitar signed by Eagles’ members, Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmit. Event Chairs Heidi Helton Rockecharlie and Lynda Lighthouse Transier led the event for Houston Audubon President, Mary Carter and Executive Director, Gina Donovan.

The Honorable Annise Parker mayor, Carter Smith emcee and
executive director Texas Parks & Wildlife, First Lady Kathy Hubbard

photo credit Phyllis Hand

Honorary Chairs were The Honorable Mayor Annise Parker and First Lady Kathy Hubbard, Caroline and Charles Callery, Terry Hershey and Kathrine McGovern. Carter Smith served as emcee and Susan Williams-Olguin served as Auction Chair. Guests included Jane Block, Kathy and David Smyth, Jeff Cohen, William and Madeleine Hussey, Carolyn Farb and Ed Silliman, Jimmy Olguin, Katina Pontikes and Monty McDannald, Nicholas Rockecharlie, Suzie and Nathan Post of Cuero, Mavis and Wendy Kelsey, Tom and Anne Kelsey, and Lucie Wray Todd.


Jungle Fever Takes Over Bayou Preservation Association Gala

"Welcome to the Jungle" gala co-chairs Kristen Nix
and Jessica Meyer with new "friend."

More than 300 guests were “Welcome(d) to the Jungle,” the theme of this year’s Bayou Preservation Association (BPA) gala on the lush grounds of Penny and Paul Loyd’s exquisite Memorial home overlooking Buffalo Bayou. The balmy, fall weather cooperated for the outdoor soiree, and animal print was in abundance, especially among the female contingent. A fun and diverse mix of people came together to support the environment, specifically BPA’s mission to preserve, protect and restore our bayous and waterways. Helmed by enthusiastic co-chairs Jessica and Peto Meyer and Kristen and Lee Nix, the party was a huge hit with its jungle-inspired food and drink, entertainment by Shawn Richards on steel drums and ‘70s band Light Rock Express and the charming reptiles available for holding, petting or “wearing” in party pics! Snakes brought by Clint Pustejovsky from Texas Snakes, including a python and a boa constrictor, were a huge hit with those intrepid souls brave enough to get up close and personal.


9th Annual International Risotto Festival -
Kick-off Reception Hosted by Arcodoro

The Honorable Fabrizio Nava, Consul General of Italy
Claudia Sims, Board of Directors President of the Italian Cultural and Community Center

Arcodoro was filled with energetic supporters of the 9th Annual International Risotto Festival benefiting The Children’s Assessment Center. Effisio and Lori Farris, owners of Arcodoro, hosted a delightful private kick-off reception to celebrate the festival that will take place at The Houston Design Center on November 13, 2011.

Bruce Padilla, CAC Friends Guild Board
Pily Simón, CAC Board of Directors

Denzil Hollingsworth of The Houston Design Center greeted the guests, followed by The Honorable Fabrizio Nava, Consul General of Italy who is serving as Honorary Chair of this year’s festival. Elaine Stolte, Executive Director of The Children’s Assessment Center (The CAC), also addressed the group thanking everyone for their support and expressing the excitement to have The CAC involved again as the benefiting charity of the Risotto Festival.


Communities In Schools of Houston (CIS) Celebrates
Over Half a Million Dollars Raised To Keep Kids In School

Kirby Cohn McCool,Morton Cohn, Lindsay Cohn Holstead, Courtney Cohn Hopson

Nearly 500 people gathered to celebrate the 2011 Communities In Schools of Houston Stay In School Gala, October 20, at the Hilton Post Oak. The fall weather helped get the energy started as guests arrived and placed their bids on the big board auction for the fabulous trips and wine cellar.

Chairmen Kirby Cohn McCool, Lindsay Cohn Holstead and Courtney Cohn Hopson paid tribute to their mother, the late Bobby Sue Cohn and her passion and dedication to CIS and Houston’s underserved children. The ladies were all smiles as they announced the six $25,000 sponsors and over $550,000 raised in support of CIS and the children and youth they serve. CIS is focused on the need to reduce the high school drop out rate and emphasized that 99% of all CIS caseload students graduate. CIS’ success at reducing the drop out rate was the message of the evening.

The Houston Children’s Choir along with CIS students opened the evening with songs, followed by testimonials from CIS students, teachers, and former CIS students who are now in college or the work force. The response from the crowd was tremendous as they shared their emotional and uplifting stories. Honorary Chairman Regina Rogers, a long time supporter of education and close friend of Bobby Sue Cohn, applauded as two CIS awards were presented. Marathon Oil Corporation Chairman, President and CEO Clarence Cazalot accepted the award for Corporate Honoree for Marathon’s ongoing commitment to CIS, the children of Houston and our community. Lt. Governor David Dewhurst received the Advocacy Award and emphasized the success of CIS in keeping kids in school and helping them to succeed. Dewhurst congratulated CIS and its supporters for helping to raise the Texas graduation rate.


Check our calendar to plan your social and shopping schedule!

November 1
Max Mara invites you to join
Bubba McNeely, Fred Smith, Michael Kemper, and Lori Freese
to shop in support of the American Cancer Society
purchase a holiday shopping card and receive 20% off your purchases

6:30 - 8:30 pm
cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
Max Mara at the Galleria
RSVP REQUIRED TO bubba62758@aol.com

November 2
National Philanthropic Day luncheon

November 3
Tory Burch personal appearance at Neimans Galleria