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J.J. Watt gets his most unusual honor yet as young professionals Opera party

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377, HGO Ovation Awards announcement and reception_March 2013, Caroline Starry Leblanc, Kate Stukenberg and James Glassman
Caroline Starry LeBlanc, from left, honoree Kate Stukenberg and James Glassman at Houston Grand Opera Ovations Awards announcement party at Abrahams Oriental Rugs. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
143, HGO Ovation Awards announcement and reception_March 2013, Claire Cormier Thielke, Kathleen Flaherty, Ting Bresnahan
Claire Cormier Thielke, from left, honoree Kathleen Flaherty and Ting Bresnahan join forces at the HGO Ovations Awards event. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
133, HGO Ovation Awards announcement and reception_March 2013, Shavonnah Roberts Schreiber, NAME
Honoree Shavonnah Roberts Schreiber and Joseph M. Schreiber at the HGO Ovations Awards event at Abrahams Oriental Rugs. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
358, HGO Ovation Awards announcement and reception_March 2013, James Phelan, Lori Freese
Honoree James Phelan and Lori Freese at the HGO Ovations announcement party.  Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
54, HGO Ovation Awards announcement and reception_March 2013, NAME, Freddy Goerges
Rebecca Koterwas and honoree Freddy Goerges at teh HGO Ovations Awards evening. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
HGO Ovation Awards announcement and reception, March 2013, Alex Blair, Astley Blair, Omana Abraham, Samuel Abraham
Alex and Astley Blair, left, with Omana and Samuel Abraham, who opened their showroom in the Decorative Center for the HGO Ovations Awards party. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
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Honoree Liz Gorman, left, and Melissa Fitzgerald at the HGO Ovations Awards announcement party. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
HGO Ovation Awards announcement and reception, March 2013, Sylia Gallegos, David Cordua
Sylia Gallegos and honoree David Cordua at the HGO Ovations Awards party. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
HGO Ovation Awards announcement and reception, March 2013, Leslie Jackson, Marcus Carter
Leslie Jackson, left, and Marcus Carter chair Houston Grand Opera's Encore party honoring the Ovations Award recipients. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
82, HGO Ovation Awards announcement and reception_March 2013, Lucia Cordua, Michael Cordua
Lucia and Michael Cordua joined the festive group at Abrahams Oriental Rugs. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
HGO Ovation Awards announcement and reception, March 2013, Valerie Dieterich, Tracy Dieterich
Valerie and Tracy Dieterich at the HGO Ovations Awards party. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
HGO Ovation Awards announcement and reception, March 2013, Divya Brown, Melissa Fitzgerald
Divya Brown, left, and Melissa Fitzgerald at the HGO Ovations Awards party. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
377, HGO Ovation Awards announcement and reception_March 2013, Caroline Starry Leblanc, Kate Stukenberg and James Glassman
143, HGO Ovation Awards announcement and reception_March 2013, Claire Cormier Thielke, Kathleen Flaherty, Ting Bresnahan
133, HGO Ovation Awards announcement and reception_March 2013, Shavonnah Roberts Schreiber, NAME
358, HGO Ovation Awards announcement and reception_March 2013, James Phelan, Lori Freese
54, HGO Ovation Awards announcement and reception_March 2013, NAME, Freddy Goerges
HGO Ovation Awards announcement and reception, March 2013, Alex Blair, Astley Blair, Omana Abraham, Samuel Abraham
113, HGO Ovation Awards announcement and reception_March 2013, Liz Gorman, NAME
HGO Ovation Awards announcement and reception, March 2013, Sylia Gallegos, David Cordua
HGO Ovation Awards announcement and reception, March 2013, Leslie Jackson, Marcus Carter
82, HGO Ovation Awards announcement and reception_March 2013, Lucia Cordua, Michael Cordua
HGO Ovation Awards announcement and reception, March 2013, Valerie Dieterich, Tracy Dieterich
HGO Ovation Awards announcement and reception, March 2013, Divya Brown, Melissa Fitzgerald

We love it that Houston Grand Opera stepped out of its comfort zone in naming Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt as one of its 2013 Ovation Award recipients, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year recognized for his Justin J. Watt Foundation. The awards are traditionally presented to youthful community leaders with a philanthropic bent, sports figures not so much.

We were slightly disappointed that Watt didn't make the announcement party held in the Decorative Center showroom of Abrahams Oriental Rugs. The other seven recipients, however, joined the party.

Taking bows for their philanthropic-minded leadership were Cordúa Restaurants executive chef David Cordúa, St. Luke's Episcopal Health System Young Professionals' Kathleen Flaherty, Houston Young Professionals Society founder Freddy Goerges and Team Bering Omega Services AIDS Walk Houston co-chair Liz Gorman.

Also, ChildBuilders Nightshift Young Professionals Group co-founder James Phelan, Houston Young People for the Arts membership chair Shavonnah Roberts Schreiber and Blondes vs. Brunettes Alzheimer's Awareness event co-founder Kate Stukenberg.

The eight will be feted at the Opera Ball Encore party (the late-night, after-party for young opera patrons) on April 13. Leslie Jackson and Marcus Carter will chair that event that starts at 10 p.m., cranks up with DJ Little Martin and breakfast at midnight and rocks on until 2 a.m. Information and reservations are available here.

The gathering included HGO's Rebecca Koterwas and Kelly Laning, who presented the awards, as well as Lucia and Michael Cordúa, Valerie and Tracy Dieterich, Caroline Starry LeBlanc, Edward Sanchez, Dr. Rolando Maldonado, Claire Cormier Thielke, Ting Bresnahan, James Glassman, Lori Freese and Alex and Astley Blair.

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