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One to Watch

Jessica Howell

Houston local and fashion designer, Jessica Howell, is burning up the runways with her line. She left corporate America a couple years ago to follow her dream of designing. She has already participated in the Washington, D.C. and Little Rock Fashion Weeks, and has had her second runway show in H-town a few weeks ago; entitled Fashion is Forever. Her style is classic yet trendy.

She also likes jumpsuits as an easy way to be glamorous and comfortable.

You can check out her fashions at www.facebook.com/jessiicahowellfashionsllc and contact her for more information and orders.

Houston Philanthrophy

Dress for Dinner/The Fashion
Gene Awards at Tootsies

The Fashion Gene Honorees with chairs Ceron and Todd Fiscus

Wednesday, May 8, the beautiful mom and daughter honorees for the annual Fashion Gene Awards bedecked themselves in their favorite labels and exuded tons of energy as they strut their stuff on the runway at Tootsies for the season finale of Dress for Dinner. CultureMap's Clifford Pugh emcee'd the evening for the second year, including charming anecdotes from the winners about what they've learned from each other's personal styles. Once again Jeff Shell generously provided models from Neal Hamil Agency to show off Tootsies spring collection and Marchesa gowns. Thanks to incredible leadership by Chairs Ceron and Todd Fiscus, record crowds and our generous partners, this season's Dress for Dinner fashion series raised record funds ($50,000). 100% of the proceeds will benefit our Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™ programs in Houston schools, in an effort to combat childhood obesity by changing the way children eat. Recipe for Success founder Gracie Cavnar announced the Chairs for Dress for Dinner Season - Fashion Gene Award winners and mother-daughter duo Leisa Holland Nelson and Laura Nelson, with a fall kickoff at Kendra Scott. The intimate seated dinner following the show included a select lucky few to enjoy a meal crafted by "The French Cowboy", Chef Philippe Schmit. The 2013 Fashion Gene Award Honorees are: Liz and Katie Decker; Kathy and Jennifer McCord; Phoebe and Caroline Tudor; Arvia and Bradlee Few; Leisa and Laura Holland-Nelson; Brenda and Lindsey Love; Melissa and Mia Mithoff; Susie and Lizzy McGee.


Medical Bridges One People, One World

Barbara Van Postman, Margaret Williams, Kelli Cohen Fein

Taking a “step” toward the summer, Bobby Dees, General Manger of Saks, and over 80 supporters at the ever fabulous Saks shoe department on Tuesday, May 7 to kick off the 2013 One People, One World Gala benefiting Medical Bridges. The Gala Chairmen, Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein and Barbara Van Postman, along with Honorary Chairman Margaret Alkek Williams, circulated and visited as the band played and guests sipped and nibbled, to talk about the upcoming event and all that Medical Bridges is doing to continue bridging the healthcare gap, connecting those who have with those who hope. Donating surplus medical supplies around the globe impacts so many lives. Community Honorees, Kim and Mike Weill, and Medical Honoree CHRISTUS Health, represented by Tina Hanson, Director Supply Chain Logistics, were applauded. Executive Director Dorothy Bolettieri and Founder Dr. Patricia Brock Howard stressed the importance, today more than ever, of the vital support to these clinics.


11th Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon
and Bazaar Romance is in Style

Lucia and Michael Cordua and Rosi Hernandez

Luncheon Chairmen Lucia and Michael Cordúa and the Board of Latin Women’s Initiative (LWI) welcomed over 600 vibrant guests to the 11th annual fashion show and bazaar held at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. Alejandro Carlín was the featured designer of the celebration with colorful and beautiful fashion presentation. Leading the festivities was President of LWI Rosi Hernández who spoke to the group, thanking them for all their support and the impact they have made on the lives of so many women and children in the Latino community. Fashion Show Committee Chairman Marlyn Greiner also took to the stage to applaud the efforts, especially for the incredible raffle items secured by Sally Lechin, which generated lots of ticket sales. Marketplace Chairman, Karla Rosa was all smiles at the compliments for one of the best ever shopping experiences. Emcee Sharron Melton of ABC Channel 13 led the day with Father T.J. Martinez quieting the crowd for the invocation. A Latin power lunch unlike any other, raising over $250,000 with proceeds being distributed to The Rose, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Casa de Esperanza, Memorial Assistance Ministries, Kids Meals and Life Houston.

Check our calendar to plan your
social and shopping schedule!

May 29
Ruggles Cafe Bakery in Rice Village has added breakfast to their service

May 29- June 1
RA Sushi to Host 9th Annual Nicky’s Week on May 26-June 1
Proceeds from select menu items benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®

May 29
The Houston Texans Grill launches Summer Happy Hour Menu

June 3
Triniti will introduce a Monday Guest Chef Series beginning in June. Hosted by Chef Ryan Hildebrand, guests will delight in a special eight-course tasting menu designed by various visiting chefs including Richard Knight of Feast, Roberto Castre of Latin Bites and Gabriel Medina of Soma Sushi. These intimate dinners will take place at Triniti’s chef table and community table, and are limited to the first 22 guests; cost is $75 per person. Schedule is as follows:
Monday, June 3: Richard Knight
Monday, June 24: Roberto Castre
Monday, July 1: Gabriel Medina
Monday, July 29: TBD

June - July
-Continuing the Year-Long Anniversary Celebration,
Damian's Showcases Old Family Recipe in June and July-