Hat In The Ring

Candidate thinks outside the box with fashionable fundraiser in first try for political office

Candidate thinks outside the box with fashionable fundraiser

Ben Rose fundraiser
Mauri Oliver, Ben Rose, Laura Max Rose, Vicki Rizzo, Jack Rizzo. Photo by Kim Coffman
Ben Rose fundraiser Patrick Yarborough, Henley Seigrist
Patrick Yarborough, Henley Seigrist. Photo by Kim Coffman
Ben Rose fundraiser Darian Ward, Cindi Rose, Priscilla Anderson
Darian Ward, Cindi Rose, Priscilla Anderson. Photo by Kim Coffman
Ben Rose fundraiser Frann Gordon Lichtenstein, Jill Deutser
Frann Gordon Lichtenstein, Jill Deutser. Photo by Kim Coffman
Ben Rose fundraiser, Sandrice Payne, Andrew Payne
Sandrice Payne, Andrew Payne. Photo by Kim Coffman
Ben Rose fundraiser Leisa Holland-Nelson, Sandra Porter
Leisa Holland-Nelson, Sandra Porter. Photo by Kim Coffman
Ben Rose fundraiser Zandra Ewell, Billy Ewell
Zandra Ewell, Billy Ewell. Photo by Kim Coffman
Ben Rose fundraiser Andrew Cobos, Patrick Yarborough, Ben Rose, Francis Nugent
Andrew Cobos, Patrick Yarborough, Ben Rose, Francis Nugent. Photo by Kim Coffman
Ben Rose fundraiser Laura Max Rose, Ben Rose
Laura Max Rose, Ben Rose. Photo by Kim Coffman
Ben Rose fundraiser
Ben Rose fundraiser Patrick Yarborough, Henley Seigrist
Ben Rose fundraiser Darian Ward, Cindi Rose, Priscilla Anderson
Ben Rose fundraiser Frann Gordon Lichtenstein, Jill Deutser
Ben Rose fundraiser, Sandrice Payne, Andrew Payne
Ben Rose fundraiser Leisa Holland-Nelson, Sandra Porter
Ben Rose fundraiser Zandra Ewell, Billy Ewell
Ben Rose fundraiser Andrew Cobos, Patrick Yarborough, Ben Rose, Francis Nugent
Ben Rose fundraiser Laura Max Rose, Ben Rose

What: Ben Rose Campaign Kickoff.

Where: More Than You Can Imagine.

The scoop: In his first try for elective office, Ben Rose is thinking outside the box in his campaign for Texas State Representative in the 134th District.  More Than You Can Imagine owners Vicki Rizzo and Mauri Oliver opened their chic vintage resale and design shop for Rose's campaign kickoff fundraiser, drawing a crowd that normally doesn't get involved with politics, along with seasoned political pros.

"I know and respect Republicans. Half of my family's Republicans," Rose said to much laughter, "but the Tea Party politics that we have in Austin right now are not my dad's Republican party." (He's running as a Democrat.)

Who: Attorney Andrew Cobos introduced Rose as parents Dr. Franklin Rose and Cindi Harwood Rose, along with wife Laura Max Rose proudly looked on. Also in the crowd were Jack Rizzo, Leisa Holland-Nelson, Frann Gordon Lichtenstein, Jill Deutser, Darian Ward, Patrick Yarborough, Charity Yarborough, Sandrice and Andrew Payne, Sandra Porter, Karen Garcia, Mollie Oshman, Gene Feigelson, Gerald Broussard, Sandra Filer and Russell Weil.

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