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Jay Landa

Jay Landa, whose store, J. Silver, has been a fixture in Rice Village for years, has remodeled his space. He now has more of his own designs under J. Landa, as well as continuing to carry Chan Lau (he was the first in Houston), Diane Malouf, Alexis Bittar, as well as having new designer pieces by Renee Garvey, and Native American to name a few. Stop in for a glass of wine and visit with Jay to see his elegant boutique. There’s still time to Christmas shop, or buy for yourself.

J. Silver
2412 Rice Blvd.

On Wednesday, November 20 the Royal Sonesta Hotel held a celebration to display their new look after a $25 million renovation. The festivities included viewing of the Legends Ballroom with gorgeous high ceilings and modern couches to sit on. As you walked into the Ballroom, servers held trays with different wines to sip on. In the actual ballroom, there were food stations and cocktail tables for people to mingle at while munching their exquisite cuisine and washing it down with whichever delectable wine they chose. After passing through the ballroom, partygoers came upon the Discovery Center, which is a nightclub in the hotel. This area held a dance floor and a DJ playing tunes to accompany the flashing colorful lights. High-backed white couches sat around for those who were not in the mood to boogie the night away along with several tables. The tables held stunning centerpieces of white roses surrounded by candles, which were elegant enough to be appropriate for a wedding reception. In the nightclub, Raspberry Basil Margaritas were offered to the guests along with Hibiscus Blue Curacao Martini Shots. After pumping up the party in the Discovery Center, partygoers could walk up the spiraling staircase to the Champions Balcony. The Champions Balcony was host to a divine chocolate indulgence station, espresso bar and sparkling wines. A live saxophone player entertained guests as they sipped on bubbly while nibbling on chocolate truffles. The final area of the hotel was the Axis Lounge, which could either be guests’ first stop as they walked in or the last place they stopped on their way out. This lounge held a full bar, which was serving a delicious Manhattan & White Lady Martini. Partygoers of this fabulous celebration could also view newly renovated guest rooms. A gift bag with waters and discount coupons for the hotel greeted guests as they departed.

By: Ali Valach, HHH intern


HHH wants you to know about Rescue Bank. Each year, millions of pounds of nutritious pet food are donated by brand name manufacturers for delivery by Rescue Bank® to pre-qualified animal welfare non-profits throughout America. Their partnership with The Greater Good and their TheAnimalescueSite.com supports freight-paid deliveries to smaller, less visible non-profits that have limited access to resources. In 2013 Rescue Bank delivered more than 70 million meals to animals in rescue since 2006.

This year alone they will provide more than 22 million meals, serving both everyday needs of rescues and shelters as well as responding to disasters such as tornados, hurricanes, floods, fires and explosions. Their partnerships with national brand pet food manufacturers and the Greater Good have been instrumental to sourcing high-quality food and meeting our logistics expenses. Operating on the national food bank model, every dollar donated to Rescue Bank has delivered more than $20 in wholesome, nutritious food. While those numbers may be astonishing, it is more important to understand what just a few meals can do for each rescued pet. One of their recipient groups recently sent a video "The Last 94 Days of Rescue", highlighting the benefits of food programs to the animal rescue community. Rescues are where the hard work is done and Sarah Manns at Companion Animal Outreach wanted to show all of us the importance of food donations to carrying out that work.

Please take just a few minutes to see what Rescue Bank and its donors have helped accomplish, click on The Last 94 Days of Rescue. (If the link doesn't work, copy and paste this in your browser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RONxiIq6RKQ&feature=youtu.be)

It is not too late to make a donation in 2013. Donations can be made on our website, rescuebank.org. Or, you can click on www.animalrescuesite.com for free every day and earn Rescue Bank donations from their advertisers!



Houston Philanthropy

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeotm
Trailbazer Committee Celebrates
2014 Award Honorees at Special Reception

2014 Trailblazer Honorees: Betty Wiseman, Ann Page, Julie
Shannon, Wendy Vandeventer,and Nancie Craft

PHOTO CREDIT: Alyssa Holub of Mileslove Studio

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo rolled out the red carpet to recognize and celebrate the 2014 Trailblazer Award Honorees at a special reception in the Louis M. Pearce Jr. Board Dining Room at Reliant Center Oct. 3, 2013. The five women selected for 2014 reflect the volunteer spirit of the organization; have served the Show as a volunteer for at least 10 years; and are on at least two different committees. The 2014 Trailblazer Award honorees are forward-thinking, productive volunteers who represent multiple committees and have demonstrated a dedication to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo through their time, talent and generosity.

The 2014 Trailblazer Award Honorees and the committees they represent are:

Julie Shannon – Pearl Award – Breeders Greeters and International
Nancie Craft – Carnival Ticket Sales and Ladies’ Go Texan
Ann Page – Agricultural Mechanics, Lamb & Goat, and Special Children’s
Wendy Vandeventer – Breeders Greeters, Gatekeepers and Mutton Bustin’
Betty Wiseman – International, Poultry Auction and School Art Auction

The 15th annual Trailblazer Awards Luncheon and Fashion Show will be held Feb. 6, 2014, 11 a.m., at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, located at 2222 West Loop South in Houston. The event will include a reception, presentation of the honorees, fashion show and a luncheon.


Passion for Fashion Kick Off Party

Co- Chairman Mary Ann McKeithan with husband David McKeithan
Photos by CatchLight Group/Chinh Phan

Saks Fifth Avenue was the host for the Kick Off party, Tuesday, December 3, for the upcoming Passion for Fashion luncheon. The shoe department was the location in the store, always a favorite spot, as the guests mingled and discussed upcoming holiday plans. Remarks were made to the well-heeled crowd by Luncheon Co-Chairman Mary Ann McKeithan as fellow Co Chairman Kelli Cohen Fein was under the weather. McKeithan updated everyone on the March 12, 2014 event to take place at the River Oaks Country Club. The featured designer will be Zang Toi, known for his glamour and dramatic designs for many of the social set. Toi will be interviewed by Clifford Pugh along with a fashion presentation from Saks. Special thanks went to Designer Sponsor Saks Fifth Avenue and Houston store general manager Bobby Dees for their support. The luncheon proceeds benefit the Fashion and Interior Design programs at Houston Community College. Introduced and congratulated was the upcoming recipient of the 2014 HCC Design Society Fashion Icon Award Phoebe Tudor. Also expressing excitement for the evening’s turn-out were Dr. Bill Harmon, President of HCC Central—home to HCC’s fashion programs[chp1] , Kay King, founder of the HCC Fashion Program and Suzette Brimmer, Division Chair, HCC Lifestyle Arts & Design Careers.


The Children’s Assessment Center
6th Annual Friends Guild Holiday Coffee

Gina Gaston, Erika Bagwell, Carolyn Farb
Photo by Katy Anderson

The Children’s Assessment Center (The CAC) Friends Guild Board hosted the 6th Annual Holiday Coffee on Thursday, December 12, 2013. Ericka Bagwell, Friends Guild Board member and generous hostess, opened up her gorgeous home for this festive occasion once again to gather supporters and friends of The CAC. It was another successful Holiday Coffee event and guests opened their hearts showing incredible generosity bringing gifts and gift cards to brighten up the holidays for the teens served by The CAC. The morning was also filled with many holiday shopping opportunities that benefited The CAC including beautiful Christmas ornaments designed by children served by The CAC. Longtime supporter of The CAC, Lisa Holthouse was in attendance with her children’s book, “It All Started With A Turtle” and generously donated 100% of the proceeds to The CAC. DruMichael Designs brought a stylish assortment of jewelry for the guests to browse donating 10% of the proceeds to The CAC, along with Debbie Porter who featured her book, “Fabulous Phebe Dreams Big” generously donating 15% of proceeds to The CAC. UrbanHippyShop showcased a divine collection of pearl jewelry designs for all the guests to enjoy and generously donated 10% of the proceeds to The CAC. A special showcase that everyone enjoyed was the Holiday Trees donated by Cheeky Vintage, Kendra Scott, New Living and Rice Village’s Finest Merchants that were auctioned at the event. Each tree was uniquely designed for The CAC and made for fun and festive auction bidding throughout the morning! Elaine Stolte, Executive Director of The CAC, thanked everyone for attending and for their support and involvement throughout the year. The CAC is thankful for supporters such as the guests of the Holiday Coffee who help not only spread awareness, but also encourage prevention of child sexual abuse. Each gift brought for a child or teen makes a difference in the lives of the children, teens and families served by The CAC. Elaine Stolte also introduced the 2014 Spirit of Spring Event Chairs, Tina Davis, Lidiya Gold, Denise Hazen and Yvette Webb and reminded everyone to save the date of April 17, 2014 for the 15th Annual Spirit of Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show at the Westin Galleria. Also in attendance was the 2014 Spirit of Spring Honoree, Senator Joan Huffman.



Merry Christmas from HHH!