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Levy Park Houston Wins Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Prestigious Urban Open Space Award for 2018

The urban green space was one of five finalists in this international competition; Madrid also a winner

Playground at Levy Park

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) has announced at its annual Fall Meeting that Levy Park Houston is a winner of the prestigious 2018 ULI Urban Open Space Award, a worldwide competition. Madrid Rio Park was a co-winner. The annual award recognizes outstanding examples of successful large- and small-scale public spaces that have socially enriched and revitalized the economies of their surrounding communities and are selected by an international jury representing different facets of development. Levy Park, which underwent a $15 million revitalization and renovation, was one of five finalists, with the others from Lynwood, California; Fall River, Massachusetts; Changsha, China; and Madrid, Spain. Lynwood’s Ricardo Lara Linear Park won for Community Impact. Each year, the ULI Fall Meeting brings together more than 6,000 leaders from every sector of the real estate industry, including investors, architects, planners, brokers, academics, attorneys, decision makers and public officials. Upper Kirby District Executive Director Travis Younkin and Levy Park’s Park Director Stephanie Kiouses were on hand when the Urban Space Award was announced in the General Session. Chip Traseger, Design Director of the Levy Park project for OJB Landscape Architecture, was also at the conference, as was architect Natalye Appel, Natalye Appel and Associates, who was also a partner.

Observation deck at Levy Park

“We are thrilled that Levy Park was chosen for this award from projects both in the United States and embraced by residents and out-of-town visitors alike for its wide array of amenities and innovative design,” says Younkin. “The Park’s user-friendly design, variety of adult and children’s programming and welcoming spirit have drawn people in and keep them coming back,” added Kiouses, Park Director for Levy Park. “This award validates the vision that several forward-thinking individuals had for Levy Park as an idyllic community haven in the heart of Houston.”

CKW Luxe hosted the Top 20 Impact Makers Announcement Cocktail Reception to introduce the honorees for 2019 to a crowd of over 200 people.

Connie Kwan-Wong with the 2019 Top 20 Impact Makers Awards Honorees

KTRK-13 anchor Gina Gaston and CKW Luxe publisher and philanthropist Connie Kwan-Wong welcomed the honorees to the elite list of Impact Makers. Honorees were chosen because they have made an achievement that has had a positive impact on some area of the arts, science, education, humanitarianism, or medicine within our community.

Gina Gaston and Connie Kwan-Wong

The 2019 honorees include power couples and individuals who embody the spirit of giving: Susan and Dan Boggio, Honorable Theresa Chang and Dr. Peter Chang, Mary and Dr. Mark D’Andrea, Teresa and Dr. William H. Reading, Drs. Elizabeth Grimm and Jack Roth, Lisa Morris Simon and Jerry Simon, Betty and Jess Tutor, Farida Abjani, Donna Fujimoto Cole, Leisa Holland-Nelson, Linda Lorelle, Dr. Laura Murillo, Dr. Susan Snider Osterberg, Warner Roberts, Sybil Friedenthal Roos, Alicia Smith, Elizabeth Stein, Beth Wolff, Honorable Clarease Rankin Yates, and mother-daughter duo Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein and Jordan Fein. Honorees will receive awards at the Impact Makers Awards Gala on January 5, 2019

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Savarese Fight Fit Invites Houstonians
to Step into the Ring and Better Themselves

Saverese Fightfit
Photos by Daniel Ortiz

Saverese Fight Fit
, a Houston boxing gym passionate about maintaining personal health and bettering the community through the sport, announces the grand opening of their West University location at 4215 Bellaire Boulevard. The boxing gym, created by former heavyweight champion Lou Savarese, offers options for fighters at all levels including group fitness classes, partner pad sessions and even private and semi-private training. “Boxing has been vital to my overall wellbeing, and I wanted to be able to share that with others,” said Savarese. “Saverese Fight Fit is not just a space to break a sweat, but a community of fighters who are working to boost their self-confidence and self-worth by building their mental and physical strength. We fight together and we fight fit.”

Saverese teaching moment

The state-of-the-art facility gives fighters a well-rounded class schedule with diverse class and time offerings ranging from beginner to more advanced levels. Youth Fight Fit classes are also available for children who are 5 to16 years old. Classes can be booked through the Savarese Fight Fit website or the MINDBODY mobile app


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Today- October 31

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Lupe Tortilla has partnered with the http://www.sanjoseclinic.org/to offer guests the Pink Ribbon Rita, a specialty margarita with an important cause behind it. Through October 31st, when customers dine in and order the Pink Ribbon Rita, $1 per cocktail will be donated to the San Jose Clinic. The local clinic provides quality healthcare and education to those with limited access to such services, in an environment which respects the dignity of each person. Through the support of volunteers and donations, San Jose Clinic is able to provide primary and specialty medical and dental care, vision, laboratory and pharmacy services, as well as mammograms to those in need. The tasty, fresh libation is made with Cazadores Reposado, Pama Liquer, Cointreau, pomegranate and fresh-squeezed lime juice.

October 18th

Staying Awake after the Harvey Wake-Up Call is this year’s theme

Buffalo Bayou before and after flooding
Photo courtesy of Bayou Preservation Association

The Bayou Preservation Association presents its 15th annual Symposium Oct. 18 at the United Way of Greater Houston with the theme Staying Awake after the Harvey Wake-Up Call. This year's Symposium, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., will highlight how the greater Houston area is faring since Harvey and how we plan to respond going forward to minimize similar impacts. For this year’s Symposium, the Bayou Preservation Association has invited presenters from Harris County, Harris County Flood Control District and the City of Houston; as well as the Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium, Houston Metrostudy and Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Eric Berger, a Houston-based meteorologist with Space City Weather, will provide the keynote address, “What’s Up with the Weather?” For registration, tickets and to learn more about becoming an event sponsor, visit the Bayou Preservation Association website at https://bayoupreservation.givezooks.com/events/15th-annual-symposium. You can also call 713-529-6443 for more details.

October 20th

Axis Earth corporate team and local athletes to volunteer at Memorial Park Conservancy’s “VolunBeering” with St. Arnold’s Brewery for conservation efforts
Company invites people to pitch in at Memorial Park,
learn about new sports/lifestyle app and drink a beer


Team members and local athletes/fans of Axis Earth, the new sports/lifestyle tech platform that connects athletes in outdoor and adventure sports, will join forces at Memorial Park Conservancy’s “Volunbeering” event with St. Arnold’s Brewing Company on Oct. 20. The Axis Earth group will assist in one or more conservation efforts at Memorial Park, including seed spreading, wildflower seed collection, spreading of compost and topsoil, removal of invasive grasses and fence building. “VolunBeering” is from 4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., with St. Arnold’s providing the post-conservation refreshments for corporate volunteers who pitch in to help keep Memorial Park pristine. Axis Earth will host a booth where people can learn about the platform (apps available in iOS and Android) and its functionality by talking with CEO and co-founder Jeff Long and others. “We are excited to come out to Memorial Park to help preserve and protect our natural environment in Houston,” says Long. “It’s a great opportunity to mingle with like-minded folks interested in outdoor sports; we invite people to check us out and grab some goodies. Axis Earth actually uses technology to get people off their devices and outdoors to discover new sports, people and places. Memorial Park is ideal for this, with running, cycling, tennis, golf and softball.”

Volunteers are asked to meet behind the Cullen Running Trails Center, 7575 Picnic Ln, 77007. For more information about “Volunbeering” for Memorial Park Conservancy, go to memorialparkconservancy.org.

October 22nd

October 25th

Children at Risk Art Event

Chaired by art-lover and philanthropist Curry Glassell and political consultant Jason Fuller, “The Art of Stopping Human Slavery” Art Auction to be held October 25, 2018, at The Wynden. Proceeds from this event will benefit CHILDREN AT RISK and Rise of the Butterfly. Both organizations work to stop human slavery.

Registration and tickets can be found at:

October 26th

CHILDREN AT RISK Annual Accolades Luncheon
- “Academy Awards of Child Advocacy"

11:00a Registration | 11:30a Luncheon
Hotel ZaZa
Benefiting: Accolades is an annual event that benefits CHILDREN AT RISK’s work to improve the quality of life for all Texas children, including health, safety, education, and economic conditions.
Honoring: Ken and Tracy Janda for their work through Community Health Choice.
Chairs: Laura and Rick Jaramillo
Host Committee: Buddy Steves Dr. Stephen Klineberg and Peggy Klineberg Judie Cross Jane Wagner Diane Egnlet Regina Rogers Misty Mousa- Lanza Paule Ann Lewis
Tables: $3,500 - $25,000 | Individual Tickets: $350
Contact: Claire Barber | 713.869.7740 | CBarber@childrenatrisk.org |www.childrenatrisk.org


Texas Children’s Hospital presents Coco
for Family Movie Night on Oct. 26 at Levy Park

Levy Park presents Family Movie Night sponsored by Texas Children’s Hospital
Photo by Jay Ford.

Come on out for Family Movie Night at Levy Park on Oct. 26, sponsored by Texas Children’s Hospital. From Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios comes Coco, the beloved 2017 animated film about aspiring musician Miguel, who despite his family's baffling generations-old ban on music, dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history. Family Movie Night is on the last Friday of each month. Guests are encouraged to dress in their Halloween costumes. No outside furniture is allowed, but blankets or park chairs can be used. Guests can enjoy food and beverage service from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. from Coffee-Q. Well-known on the streets of Houston, Coffee-Q features a Qold Brew coffee made from a 15-hour infusion of Guatemalan roasted beans uniquely presented with a twist of international influences. Their signature brisket and pulled pork ‘Q (BBQ) is incorporated into a variety of dishes including tacos, sandwiches, and nachos – all loaded with big, Texas pecan-smoked flavor.

Levy Park

3801 Eastside St.
Houston, TX 77098
7 p.m.


October 26th, 28th, November 3,6,10,11

Houston Grand Opera presents La bohème as second offering in fall repertoire

Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave.
Tickets range from $20 to $270. For more information and to buy tickets, visit HGO.org
or call the box office at 713-228-6737.

October 27th

Hocus Pocus

Benefiting: Ronald McDonald House of Houston
When: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Time: 7pm
Where: Hilton Americas
Chairs: Stephanie and Anthony Milam
Honorary Chairs: Christine and David Underwood
Honorees: The Houston Junior Woman’s Club
Tariff: Sponsor Levels for Tables of 10 are $$100,000, $50,000, $25,000, $15,000, $10,000, $5,000 Indv Tickets $1000
Contact: dlewis@rmhhouston.org or tel:(713)795-3583
Benefiting: Ronald McDonald House Houston provides families a place to come together while their children are being treated for cancer, transplants, and other critical illnesses. 

November 14

Tickets still available for party at Memorial home on Buffalo Bayou

Rick and Cecily Burleson black tie

The Bayou Preservation Association invites one and all to laissez le bons temps rouler (let the good times roll) at its 2018 gala, Bon Temps on the Bayou on Nov. 14. Tickets are still available for the annual party, this year with a New Orleans flair, to be held at the Memorial-area home of Cecily and Richard Burleson, long-time supporters and benefactors of the Bayou Preservation Association. “Rick and I are committed supporters of the mission of the Bayou Preservation Association and are excited to host the event at our home this year,” says Cecily Burleson. “We have been involved with the organization for many years, including chairing the gala in 2009. It has never been more important to protect, preserve and restore our bayous after the extensive damage done by Harvey. The gala is so important in providing the resources to further our mission and educate the public.” This year’s fun takes place on Buffalo Bayou with a riverboat theme, where guests will delight in New Orleans-style cuisine provided by Pappas Catering. They can also look forward to strolling musicians and a few surprise entertainers. “We are truly grateful to the Burlesons for opening their lovely home for Bon Temps on the Bayou,” says Dr. Sarah P. Bernhardt, the new President and CEO of Bayou Preservation Association. “Cecily and Rick have not only been dedicated supporters of our organization for years, but they have recruited many of their friends to the cause and spread the word about our mission.”

Underwriting/sponsorship opportunities begin at $3000 up to $25,000.
Individual tickets are $300. To join in the “bon temps,” and be part of the krewe, go to bayoupreservation.org/events. Call 713-529-6433 for details.

November 15

National Philanthropy Day

Time: 11:00am
Location: Hilton Americas Chair: Marilu Garza
Co-Chair: Amy Lampi
Honorary Chairs: Margaret Alkek Williams and Occidental Petroleum
Tables: Tables for 10 $15,000, $10,000, $8,500, $5,000, $2,500, $1,500
Contact: 713-266-2800
Benefiting: The Greater Houston Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, an international association of professionals who advance philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice effective and ethical fundraising. The core activities through which AFP fulfills this mission include education, training, mentoring, research, credentialing, and advocacy. www.afphouston.org


Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation Evening

Time: 6:30pm
Location: River Oaks Country Club
Chair: Donna Josey Chapman
Co-Chairs: Emily Neuhoff Van Houtan and Donna Neuhoff Kurka
Honorary Chairs: Marita and JB Fairbanks and Sydney and Don Faust
Honorees: Dr. Howard Weiner, Texas Children’s Hospital and
Dr. David Poplack, Texas Children’s Hospital
Tables: Tables for 10 $75,000, $50,000, $25,000, $15,000, $10,000, $5,000
Contact: Ellie Francisco 866-366-5274 or info@francsicoandco.com
Benefiting: The majority of the net proceeds from this year’s gala will be granted to Texas Children Hospital’s brain tumor research program and a research fellowship under the direction of Dr. Howard L. Weiner, Chief of Neurosurgery, Texas Children's Hospital and Professor of Neurosurgery and Vice Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, Baylor College of Medicine and the Gala’s medical honoree. Gala funding will also support local and national programs for teen and young adult survivors of brain or spinal cord tumors through the The Children's Brain Tumor Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1988 by dedicated parents, physicians and friends. www.cbtf.org

November 17

32nd Annual Celebrity Paws Gala A Celestial Evening

Location: Royal Sonesta Attire: Black Tie
Chairmen: Julie and Brook Brookshire
Co-Chairman Carol and Bill Simmons
Honorary Chairmen: Cora Sue and Harry Mach
Honoring: Holly & Austin Alvis • Meghan Cornelius & Brenton Southern • Jarrod Klawinsky • Liz Markell • Frances Moody Evelyn & Steve Quick • Jennifer & Ernest Sotuyo • Hallie Vanderhider • Kendall & Brian Wilbanks • Noel & Scott Wise
Events: Cocktails, silent, live & big board auction and presentation of Honorees and their pets
Tables: $50,000, $25,000, $15,000, $10,000, $5,000 and $3,000
Contact: 713.972.1896 / KappyCAP@comcast.net
Benefiting: Citizens for Animal Protection, a non-profit service organization, has served pets and people in Greater Houston for over 42 years. www.cap4pets.org


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