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Ashley Grubbs – Professional Home Organizer


Love Where You Live
Mind Your Mess was created to help people enjoy the spaces that they live in and reduce stress in our everyday lives. Organization in your home gives you more free time to spend with family and friends, be better prepared for entertaining and parties, back to school time, new life seasons and more. Ashley believes that when we acknowledge our messes, we then have the ability to create, restore, and enjoy our home in a way that brings us more happiness and freedom
Ashley is a professional organizer and native Houstonian with a passion for outdoor adventure, four legged friends, and all things labeled. You can visit her website at www.mindyourmess.com or send her an email at ashley@mindyourmess.com for more information or to book a free consultation.

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Haute Cuisine

Houston Arboretum’s First-Ever
Food Truck Friday is Free to the Public
July 21

Join the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center for our first-ever Food Truck Friday! They will be keeping the Arboretum’s trails and the Nature Discovery Center building open late for this fun, family-friendly summer event. Come for happy hour or stay for dinner as the Food Music Life food truck serves up tasty dishes. They’ll have brews available inside – free for Evergreen Members (young professionals group); $10 donation for all other guests who wish to imbibe.

Details: Friday, July 21 from 4:30 – 8:30 pm at the
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, 4801 Woodway Dr., 77024, just inside Loop 610.

No registration required – just show up and have fun! Check us out at houstonarboretum.org.


Pax Americana

Dope beets

Pax Americana is debuting its happy hour menu complete with small plates, cocktails, beer and wines. The new menu will be offered every day that Pax is open (Tuesday-Sunday) from 5-7pm and utilizes the restaurant’s high-quality, locally sourced ingredients and gives guests smaller portions at convenient prices. It includes customer favorites like the PAX Pickle Variety with garlic aioli and harissa for $5, Korean Red Pepper Pork Ribs with gochujang, ginger, garlic and cilantro for $10 and the Chappapeela Farms Pork Sausage with heirloom tomato and banana pepper romesco for $10. Guests can also enjoy dessert with Sanguinaccio Zeppole with lemon curd and powdered sugar for only $5.

Korean Red Pepper Ribs

Drink offerings include classic cocktails like the Tom Collins and Classic Daiquiri for $5 each, select wines by the glass for $7 each and the Drumroll American Pale Ale for $5. In addition to the new menu, Pax will offer $2 off all cocktails on their summer cocktail list during happy hour, which includes the Sonic Boom with Old Forester, Cherry Heering, lime cordial and Topo Chico, and Dope Beets with Monopolova Vodka, beet purée, ginger, mint and crushed ice.

4319 Montrose


Houston Philanthropy

Virtuosi Tea with Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York

Donae Chramosta, Sarah Duchess of York, Bella Chramosta

Sarah, Duchess of York, embraced members of the crowd at Tony's with personal photographs, hugs and the most compassionate stories of her own personal journey changing the lives of children around the world. A high Tea benefiting Virtuosi of Houston presented by Houston's royal restaurant couple, Tony and Donna Vallone, delighted the international attendees. All dressed for the occasion adding fascinators and hats by Gabrielle Dror to their bright colored dresses and equally bright eyes, enchanted by the words of Sarah, the Duchess of York.

Yvonne Stern, Diane Caplan, Alicia Smith, Deborah Duncan

Hostesses Donae and Bella Cangelosi Chramosta gifted the Duchess with a commemorative Houston Texas Hermes Scarf from The Vintage Contessa and Vintage Contessa & Princessa Childrens book. The royal loving international attendees included Zarine Boyce, Rob Chramosta, Victoria Christian, Deborah Duncan George Foreman IV., Stacy Henderson, Duyen Huynh, Rosemarie Johnson, Mandy Kao, and Maha Rashed Kahn.


Junior League 2017-2018 Executive Committee

The Junior League of Houston, Inc., an organization of women committed to promotingvoluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers, recently announced its 2017-2018 Executive Committee during The President’s Tea and revealed the theme for the year, Make Today Beautiful.

Incoming Executive Committee of the Junior League of Houston:
President: Sarah Heck Snyder
President-Elect: Stephanie “Steph” Lowrey Magers
Community Vice President: Courtney Hurst Hoyt
Development Vice President: Mary Lee Hackedorn Wilkens
Financial Vice President: Melisse Reynolds
Membership Vice President: Mitra Azodi Woody
Recording Secretary: Sally Anne Schmidt


Immunization Partnership

Anna Dragsbaek, Catherine Mitchell, Julie Comiskey
Photos by Roswitha Vogler

The Immunization Partnership hosted its 8th annual Community Immunity Spring advocates and supporters were in attendance to honor leaders who help to advance immunizations and immunization rates. Chairs Selby Bush DeVault, Catherine Mitchell, and Shannon Sturgis, and honorary chairs Dr. Eric and Joyce Haufrect, raised over $150,000 to support advocacy work around the state and immunization programs. KPRC anchor/reporter Syan Rhodes was the emcee.

A highlight of the luncheon was “The hidden faces of HPV-related cancers” panel discussion. “I wouldn’t wish this on anyone,” said Kara Million, while describing the emotional and physical pain she endured in her battle against cervical cancer, an HPV-related cancer. She went on to urge guests to tell everyone they know to have their boys and girls vaccinated against HPV. Million, along with HPV cancer survivor Bert Noojin, Dr. Stanley Spinner, and Dr. Erich Sturgis, participated in the panel discussion, facilitated by Mustafa Tameez.

Julie Comiskey, Amy Dunn, Catherine Smith, Selby Bush DeVault, Whitney Walsh
Photos by Roswitha Vogler

The Immunization Partnership honored Dr. Julie Boom with the Ralph D. Feigin, MD Award for Excellence, in honor of the late Ralph D. Feigin, former physician-in-chief of Texas Children’s Hospital, president of Baylor College of Medicine, and infectious diseases expert. Dr. Ronald A. DePinho, accepted The John R. Boettiger, Jr. Award for Community Partnership, onLuncheon at the River Oaks Country Club. Hundreds of community leaders, vaccine behalf of MD Anderson Cancer Center.

At the end of the luncheon, Anna Dragsbaek, announced her resignation as president and CEO.
She has been named CEO of The Women’s Home.


Crossroads School Gala

Melinda Spaulding - emcee, Dr. Gila Arnoni - Crossroads' Head of School, Carol Garnett - Founder
Photos by Roswitha Vogler

“Yes, all things are possible at Crossroads School,” says the 220 guests who attended the 11th annual Gala entitled “Mission: Impossible“. The night benefited 39 years of teaching exceptional students with learning differences and celebrated the vision of anything is POSSIBLE! Upon arrival at the beautiful Briar Club, guests were greeted by Head of School Dr. Gila Arnoni before ascending the staircase to the festivities including a silent auction and dessert auction. FOX-26 anchor Melinda Spaulding served as emcee and was joined by auctioneer Traci Yeaman and honorary chair Mary Lou Pringle.

The auction was a great success with items including trips, student art, and sports memorabilia including a J.J. Watt signed football and jersey, original art from Houston area esteemed artist Ron Hartgrove and jewelry from Mariquita Masterson and Kendra Scott among others. The highlight of the evening was the exclusive dessert auction. Guests are challenged to purchase their desserts for the evening from sweets donated by local bakeries. Including a set of cupcakes donated by Janis Zinn which sold for $1800. The dessert auction raised over $14,500 and featured desserts from local bakeries including Ooh La La Dessert Boutique, Dessert Gallery, Rise Cupcakes Bakery, Maggiano's Little Italy, Grand Lux Café, Empire Café, Three Brothers Bakery, Dacapo's Pastry Café, Flo Bakery, My Dee Dee's Pie Shoppe, World Catering Bakery, The Chocolate Bar, Kenny & Ziggy's, and Bistro Le Cep. Many of these amazing bakeries have donated for five consecutive years.

Check our calendar to plan
your social and shopping schedule!

July 29

August 1

Dr. Basu

Beat the heat and stop by Basu Center for Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery’s Summer Open House to learn about the exciting and innovative procedures that help achieve total wellness. These include ThermiVa, a minimally invasive, FDA-approved treatment that can improve the external aesthetics of the vaginal area while tightening internal tissue and promoting rejuvenation at the cellular level, BioTe® Hormone Replacement Therapy, a natural bio-identical hormone replacement therapy using pellets is a steady, consistent method of delivering hormones to the body that other treatments can’t match and ZO Skincare, innovative skincare solutions that optimize skin health based on the latest advances in skin therapy technologies, unique delivery systems, bioengineered complexes and exclusive formulations.

Representatives from ZO Skincare and ThermiVa will be in attendance to educate guests on the effective products and procedures. ZO Skincare will offer free skin analyses for attendees along with the chance to win a skincare basket valued at $250. Guests can enjoy light bites and drinks, and Basu’s highly-trained staff will also be available to chat about how to help patients look and feel their very best.

September 30

Special Cheers Fundraiser
For tickets contact 713.983.0075

October 27

2017 Accolades Luncheon and Legislative Debriefing Join event chair Sicily Dickenson, CMO of Mattress Firm and fellow CHILDREN AT RISK supporters on at Houston's beautiful Hotel Zaza. Contact Charlotte Fostey at cfostey@childrenatrisk.org for any questions.

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