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Pearl Georgina Chapman of Marchesa Lace Mermaid Dress $180

JC Penney’s has launched another designer line at their stores, Pearl by Georgina Chapman of Marchesa. Ms. Chapman is known for her red carpet-ready label and celebrity customers. Pearl is a line of special occasion gowns, cocktail dresses and formal separates that range from $70 to $100. Check them out in stores or online at

Academy Award® Winning Film, Inocente Makes Texas Proud
Texas Native Ryan A. Brooks Shines Spotlight on Houston and Austin with Oscar Gold

Ryan A. Brooks

Academy Award® winning filmmaker Ryan A. Brooks celebrates in Oscar glory as part of the producing team for Best Documentary Short Subject Inocente and shines a spotlight on Houston and Austin. On receiving the ultimate honor for a labor of love, Brooks describes his excitement. “I’ve been involved with this film since its inception in 2008 -- it sure has been quite a journey and uphill battle. The culmination of the film winning the Oscar is truly a perfect example of the Little Film That Could.” He goes on to praise the dedication of directors, Sean Fine & Andrea Nix Fine by saying, “they absolutely flexed their creative muscles, not only are they great people, but they are hands down two of the most talented directors working in the world today.” Inocente is a powerful and captivating coming of age documentary that chronicles an undocumented, homeless teen as she uses art to overcome insurmountable obstacles. Inocente not only survives, but begins to thrive by taking control of her own life with the help of A.R.T.S. Despite her unimaginable circumstances, somehow she is able to escape through her vivid imagination to paint vibrant, colorful art that transforms her bleak world into that of a place full of bright, playful images. Of Inocente’s courage and perseverance, Brooks says, “Inocente’s ability to remain positive through extraordinary circumstances is one of her biggest strengths. She is able to find light in darkness and beauty in almost everything. Her resilience is incredibly inspiring.” The film has won numerous other awards and can be downloaded on iTunes.


Houston Philanthrophy

Salute to Slocum Scholarships for Kids

R. C. Slocum with Kay and Bill Dore
Pics by Michelle Watson

A pre celebration for R. C. Slocum who will receive the prestigious Horatio Alger Award in April, in Washington D.C., held in Houston. The Horatio Alger Award is presented each year to individuals who have overcome obstacles to become successful entrepreneurs or community leaders. R.C. Slocum, is a retired Hall of Fame Texas A&M University Head Football Coach, and currently serves as the University's Special Advisor to the President. The event was chaired by Kay and Bill Dore.


Crossroads School Gala Results in “Sweet Dreams”

Margaret Shannon, Dr. Gila Arnoni Crossroads School Director, and Joel Shannon
Photos by Jay Ford of Night Sky Creative

Crossroads School celebrated another year of educating exceptional children with its “Sweet Dreams” gala. The night was March 2, at Bayou City Events Center, and more than $120,000 was raised to help educate exceptional students with learning differences. Dr. Gila Arnoni, director of Crossroads School, personally welcomed and thanked the more than 230 guests for supporting the school. Emmy-award winning investigative reporter Amy Davis of KPRC 2 News served as emcee. Auctioneer extraordinaire Shorty Yeaman handled Crossroads’ signature Live Dessert Auction.
During the program, parent George Hutton shared with guests how Crossroads has helped his son thrive. The evening ended with games of Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, and Wheel of Fortune. The big winner of the night was Nikki Breault and Manuel Garcia who won a trip to Las Vegas.


Recipe for Success

Chef Barbara McKnight of Culinaire with Edward Wilkerson of Lafayette
photo by Priscilla Dickinson

Record crowds flooded Neiman's 3rd floor contemporary fashions area for Dress for Dinner benefiting Gracie Cavnar's Recipe for Success Foundation and to see the spring collection of Lafayette 148 presented by charming designer, Edward Wilkerson. Chairs Ceron and Todd Fiscus along with Neiman's GM Bob Devlin were happy hosts to the girl's night out, joined by a handful of dapper guys, including birthday boy Jeff Shell whose agency Neal Hamil supplied the models for the evening. The long-haired mannequins channeled Laura Petri meets Picasso in black and white, strutting in trim capri pants topped by long shirts with sleeves pushed up and waists cinched with wide belts. The monochromatic theme was punctuated with emerald green stilettos. Contrasting the skinny profile were flowing white palazzo pants and bandeaux tops under tropical print shirts revealing just a prim peek of midriff.. Thirty guests stayed on for dinner in the Mariposa, prepared by Chef Barbara McKnight of Culinaire. The long-committed member of Recipe for Success Foundation's Chefs Advisory Board, created a special three course menu to celebrate Mr. Wilkerson's recent trip to Africa with dishes inspired by Moroccan, Ethiopian and Tanzanian cuisine. Click the link to view a preview of their upcoming event on May 8, at Tootsies.


Check our Calendar to plan your
social and shopping schedule!

April 1

Recipe House Chef Surprise event

April 3
HSO/BPA event

April 4
Atrium Ready to Wear is celebrating the opening of its new River Oaks Shopping Center
location with a grand opening party on Thursday, April 4 from 6 – 8 pm. Guests can nosh on fare from La Griglia Restaurant and sip on bubbly and specialty cocktails courtesy
of Local Pour. The new 1,000 square foot boutique occupies a prime location at the
corner of Shepherd and W. Gray in River Oaks Shopping Center. Designer Sally LaPointe
will make a personal appearance along with a trunk show of her Spring/Summer 2013
collection. The event will also feature a special Jimmy Choo display. A portion of the
proceeds from the evening will benefit the nonprofit, Heroes for Children.
RSVP to Laura@theprboutique.com.

April 5
Spirit of Spring Luncheon for CAC

April 19 -20

Golden Threads Trunk Show at a bientot