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On July 19, HBO teamed up with Trap Karaoke and hosted an exclusive VIP reception and screening of the hit HBO shows “Ballers” and “Insecure.” The reception started at 6:30 p.m. at White Oak Music Hall. The reception included a full open bar along with delicious food from Cordua Catering. Appetizers of empanadas, small steak bites, sliders and mushroom tarts were served as guests mingled around the room. In addition to the tasty small bites, there were also some heartier food options including a chicken and waffles bar where guests could choose the sauce they put onto their chicken and waffles. The sauces ranged from honey mustard to classic syrup.

Another “build your own” food station was an avocado bar, which featured avocados that were already cut in half. Guests selected half of an avocado and then had a wide selection of toppings that they could fill the avocado with including pico de gallo, salsa and shrimp. The final larger food station was a tree of taco cones. A variety of taco cones decorated the tree including both beef and chicken, and they were wonderfully delicious.

The food and drinks already made this event a hit, but this event also featured customized T-shirts for the guests. Guests could choose whether they wanted a “Ballers” or “Insecure” shirt, and then they could choose what they wanted on the shirt. The shirts were printed right then and there, and guests could take them home! HBO and Trap Karaoke did an excellent job of promoting the premiere of both of the HBO shows, and Houston was lucky to be chosen as one of the three cities for this premiere party.

By Ali Valach

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Houston Philanthropy

Spring Branch Education Foundation Sponsors School Supplies Drive

Patty and Becky Busmire organize school-age volunteers
who help with the SBEF School Supplies drive. 

Spring Branch Education Foundation (SBEF) is committed to the success of each Spring Branch ISD student. “Success begins on the first day of school when students walk into their new classrooms and find all the tools they need to get started,” says Patty Busmire, who spearheads the SBEF School Supplies drive. For more than half the SBISD students who are economically disadvantaged, buying school supplies is difficult. The Foundation’s School Supplies program helps alleviate that problem. Community members can help. Donations are used to buy bulk supplies that are distributed to thousands of students in the district’s Title 1 schools.

How you can help:
$15 buys supplies for 1 student
$300 buys supplies for 1 classroom
Donate at https://sbef.ejoinme.org/schoolsupply

Check our calendar to plan
your social and shopping schedule!

August 9

August 17

August 18-20

Willowbrook Marketplace

Looking for a diverse back to school shopping experience or want to get ahead on holiday gifts? Willowbrook Mall invites shoppers to attend the Willowbrook Marketplace August 18th-August 20th. The pop-up market will consist of local artisans and merchants offering a wide array of one-of-a-kind goods including handmade jewelry, apparel, home décor, bath and body products, cosmetics and specialty foods. If you are interested in being a vendor at the marketplace, please contact donna.parker@ggp.com for more information.
Friday, August 18th – Saturday, August 19th
Sunday, August 20th

August 21


Event is presented by the Lunar Planetary Institute and is free to all

Levy Park is the site of the historic Eclipse over Houston, presented by The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), on Aug. 21 from noon – 2 p.m. at 3801 Eastside St. in the Upper Kirby District. LPI is also partnering with the Clear Lake City-Harris County Freeman Branch Library, which is holding its own solar eclipse event at the same time. The Levy Park Conservancy invites the public to attend this free celebration at one of the city’s newest and most popular urban greenspaces. On that day, the Moon will pass directly between the Earth and sun, casting the Moon’s shadow on the continental United States from coast to coast for more than 90 minutes. This is the first total solar eclipse visible over the U.S. since 1981 and the first since 1918 to be seen coast to coast, nearly 100 years ago. Houston will experience a partial solar eclipse, with about 70 percent of the sun being covered by the Moon. This eclipse will occur at approximately 1:20 p.m. local time. The event is free, and folks are invited to pack a lunch. Additionally, there is an art contest to celebrate Eclipse over Houston. People are encouraged to create art about solar eclipse science or how the eclipse impacts humanity. Art contest entries are due Aug. 8. Winning artwork will be displayed during the Aug. 21 solar eclipse events at both Levy Park and the Harris County - Freeman Branch Library. LPI website page. Details on the art contest are available on the Eclipse Over Houston Art Competition page.

August 24



Houston Heart Ball kickoff at River Oaks Country Club

August 26

September 6

Fantasy Football Draft Night
6 pm
Location: NRG Stadium
Attire: Home Team
Chairmen: Diane Englet and Vicki and Bill Lehner
Party Notes: Draft your own NFL team, buffet dinner, auction and prizes
Tariff: Tables of 10 starting at $3,500
Contact: 866.366.5274 or info@franciscoandco.com
Benefiting: Boys and Girls Harbor, Inc. whose mission is to provide healthy, comprehensive care for children and families in crisis. For children who are experiencing family hardship, neglect, abandonment or abuse, the Harbor provides a family environment in a home setting. Through its programs, the Harbor strives to help children learn to overcome self-destructive patterns, break cycles of abuse, develop social skills, learn responsibility, and work towards becoming healthy, happy and productive members of society

September 15

Spring Branch Education Foundation hosts Style Show

Suzanne Stiles, Michelle Majewski

It’s been a busy summer for Memorial-area residents Michelle Majewski and Suzanne Stiles. They orchestrated Spring Branch Education Foundation’s seventh annual Style Show and Luncheon. With all the buzz about the event, they’re expecting a sold-out crowd on Friday, Sept. 15 at the Royal Sonesta Houston, 2222 West Loop South. All proceeds will benefit Spring Branch ISD’s 35,000 students through innovative programs provided by the Foundation. Since 1993, SBEF has gifted SBISD with more than $10 million in grants and scholarships. “We’ve worked with producer Todd Ramos to create the best show yet,” Stiles said. “Ticket holders can look forward to fashions from Chloe Dao, French Cuff, Lucho and Elaine Turner, all Houston favorites.” A reception will begin at 11 a.m., followed by the style show and luncheon at noon. Pop-up stores will be available before and after the luncheon. “Our patrons come back year after year to see their friends and neighbors on the runway,” Majewski said. “Our models are Spring Brand ISD volunteers and parents – great sports who enjoy supporting our students. This year’s models are: Caroline Bennett, Donald Burken, Minda Caesar, Nan Chandler, Jennifer Espey, Angie Frederickson, Bibbin Griffen, Amy Hampton, Rebecca Howard, Gina Keith, Josef Klam, Arielle Lawson-Ho, Joy McCormack, Roy Moore, Scott Muri, Jill Oliver, Tyler Ream, Kelly Siblik, D’Andre Weaver, Elliott Whitney Bryan Williams and Kim Williams.
Tickets are available at https://sbef.ejoinme.org/styleshow.


Junior league fall fashion shows with fashions from Tootsies 

September 20

2018 Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards Kickoff – HoustonHeart Association

September 15

Special Cheers Horses

Special CHEERS (Children with Horses for Evaluation, Education, Rehabilitation, and Socialization) celebrates its 15-year anniversary with Stand by Me, a western-themed fundraiser with barbecue, adult beverages, dancing, live and silent auctions and music by the Shayne Still & Southern Blend Band. The nonprofit operates on 240 acres of land consisting of trails and pasture in Northwest Houston and employs a range of occupational therapy services for children and adults with special needs, with a strong focus on equine therapy. This allows clients to use the movement of the horse as part of the treatment strategy. (All Special CHEERS horses are rescue animals.) Language development, physical mobility, stability, strength, visual control, motor planning, self-esteem and attention are benefits of using a horse as a treatment tool. Funds raised at Stand by Me will target three initiatives: 1) replacement of a ramp/deck that was damaged due to flooding; 2) feeding of 14 horses at $4000 a month and 3) scholarships for children from lower-income families.

WHERE: Daisy Dukes, (formerly Rebels Honky Tonk) 5002 Washington Ave., Houston, 77007

WHEN: Saturday, September 30 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

WHO: Barbara Blades-Lines, Lynn Kelly and Loraine Lyons, Event Co-chairs

TICKETS: Tables available from $5000 and up; individual tickets start at $125.

INFORMATION: For more information, check the website atspecialcheers.com, call 713-983-0075
or email specialcheers@yahoo.com.

October 16

Nancy Owens Memorial Foundation Luncheon

October 27

Children at Risk Luncheon

November 30th


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