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This River Oaks house party lights up the night with gourmet food for a cause

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Ron Gremillion, from left, Carol Rowley and Brian Freeze at the JDRF gala kick-off party January 2014
Ron Gremillion, from left, Carol Rowley and Brian Freeze at the JDRF gala kick-off party. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Jason and Rachael Volz at the JDRF gala kick-off party January 2014
Jason and Rachael Volz at the JDRF gala kick-off party. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Matt and Rebecca Werner, from left, and Lauren and Curtis Cox at the JDRF gala kick-off party January 2014
Matt and Rebecca Werner, from left, and Lauren and Curtis Cox at the JDRF gala kick-off party. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Meredith Cocke, from left, Melinda Rose and Carol Rowley at the JDRF gala kick-off party January 2014
Meredith Cocke, from left, Melinda Rose and Carol Rowley at the JDRF gala kick-off party. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Ting Bresnahan, from lelft, Katie Flaherty, Kathleen Jennings and Divya Brown at the JDRF gala kick-off party January 2014
Ting Bresnahan, from lelft, Katie Flaherty, Kathleen Jennings and Divya Brown at the JDRF gala kick-off party. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Tracy and Valerie Dieterich at the JDRF gala kick-off party January 2014
Tracy and Valerie Dieterich at the JDRF gala kick-off party. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Jared Lang and Maryam Afshari at the JDRF gala kick-off party January 2014
Jared Lang and Maryam Afshari at the JDRF gala kick-off party. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Kate and Baron Doke at the JDRF gala kick-off party January 2014
Kate and Baron Doke at the JDRF gala kick-off party. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Clay and Amber Bretches, from left, and Kathryn and Jeff Smith at the JDRF gala kick-off party January 2014
Clay and Amber Bretches, from left, and Kathryn and Jeff Smith at the JDRF gala kick-off party. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Jennifer Ban, from left, Brandon Cochran and Kalie Sanders at the JDRF gala kick-off party January 2014
Jennifer Ban, from left, Brandon Cochran and Kalie Sanders at the JDRF gala kick-off party. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Carlos Sandoval, from left, John Cone and Matt McMillan at the JDRF gala kick-off party January 2014
Carlos Sandoval, from left, John Cone and Matt McMillan at the JDRF gala kick-off. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Raffle prize- Blue Tourmaline and Diamond Ring Donated by Nacol & Co. at the JDRF gala kick-off party January 2014
The raffle prize at the JDRF gala kick-off party, a blue tourmaline and diamond ring donated by Nacol & Co. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Venue at the JDRF gala kick-off party January 2014
On the cool night, this River Oaks home provided indoor/outdoor entertaining areas for  JDRF gala kick-off. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Ron Gremillion, from left, Carol Rowley and Brian Freeze at the JDRF gala kick-off party January 2014
Jason and Rachael Volz at the JDRF gala kick-off party January 2014
Matt and Rebecca Werner, from left, and Lauren and Curtis Cox at the JDRF gala kick-off party January 2014
Meredith Cocke, from left, Melinda Rose and Carol Rowley at the JDRF gala kick-off party January 2014
Ting Bresnahan, from lelft, Katie Flaherty, Kathleen Jennings and Divya Brown at the JDRF gala kick-off party January 2014
Tracy and Valerie Dieterich at the JDRF gala kick-off party January 2014
Jared Lang and Maryam Afshari at the JDRF gala kick-off party January 2014
Kate and Baron Doke at the JDRF gala kick-off party January 2014
Clay and Amber Bretches, from left, and Kathryn and Jeff Smith at the JDRF gala kick-off party January 2014
Jennifer Ban, from left, Brandon Cochran and Kalie Sanders at the JDRF gala kick-off party January 2014
Carlos Sandoval, from left, John Cone and Matt McMillan at the JDRF gala kick-off party January 2014
Raffle prize- Blue Tourmaline and Diamond Ring Donated by Nacol & Co. at the JDRF gala kick-off party January 2014
Venue at the JDRF gala kick-off party January 2014

What: The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation annual Promise Ball kickoff.

Where: The River Oaks home of Rachael and Jason Volz, chairs of the March 29 gala at the Hilton Americas-Houston.

The 411: The Volzes welcomed more than 120 supporters of JDRF hoping to stir interest in the gala for which they intend to surpass last year's proceeds of $1.1 million. (Jason's mother died of Type 1 diabetes when she was only 23, making the cause all the more meaningful to the gala chairs.) A Fare Extraordinaire, of which Rachel is co-owner, provided the gourmet bites for the guests who filled the house and spilled over onto the pool terrace. The night was perfect for outdoor partying.

Who: The party crowd included Valerie and Tracy Dieterich, Kathryn and Jeff Smith, Liz and Jose Luis Vittor, Amber and Clay Bretches, Lindley Arnoldy, Katie Flaherty, Andrea Soper, Audrey and Brandon Cochran and Kathleen and James Jennings.

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