Women of Distinction

Glamour, glitz and beefcake make for tantalizing tableau at Winter Ball

Glamour, glitz, beefcake make for tantalizing tableau at Winter Ball

Winter Ball, Jan. 2016, Scotty Arnoldy, Jana Arnoldy, Susan Hansen, Dick Hansen
Leading the "Age of Aquarius" Winter Ball are gala chairs and their husbands, Scotty and Jana Arnoldy and Susan and Dick Hansen. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
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Winter Ball class of 2016 takes spotlight at Hilton Americas Houston. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Winter Ball 2016 Jason Few II, Arvia Few, Bradlee Few, Jason Few
Jason Few II, Arvia Few, Bradlee Few, Jason Few. Photo by Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Winter Ball 2016 Bobby & Phoebe Tudor
Bobby Tudor, Phoebe Tudor. Photo by Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Winter Ball Women of Distinction, Jan.2016, Andrew Bruhl, Cora Sue Mach, Harry mach, Michael Wert
Andrew Bruhl, Cora Sue Mach, Harry mach, Michael Wert. Photo by Kim Coffman
Winter Ball 2016 Estela & David Cockrell, Gina Gaston
Estela Cockrell, David Cockrell, Gina Gaston. Photo by Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Winter Ball 2016 Drake Bhati, Gina Bhatia, Mia Bhatia, Devinder Bhatia
The Bhatia family: Drake, Gina, Mia and Dr. Devinder Bhatia. Photo by Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Winter Ball 2016 Chita Johnson, Lane Craft
Chita Johnson, Lane Craft. Photo by Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Winter Ball 2016 Sara Skirboll, Jose Portillo, Colleen DiFonzo
Sara Skirboll, Jose Portillo, Colleen DiFonzo. Photo by Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Winter Ball, Jan. 2016 Hudson, Lisa, Michael, Pia Holthouse
The Holthouse family — Hudson, Lisa, Michael and Pia. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Winter Ball 2016 Barbara Van Postman, Cindi Rose
Barbara Van Postman, Cindi Rose. Photo by Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Winter Ball 2016 Allie Doyle, Patrick Ryan
Allie Doyle, Patrick Ryan. Photo by Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Winter Ball 2016 Glen Reyes, Hallie Vanderhider
Glen Reyes, Hallie Vanderhider. Photo by Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Winter Ball Women of Distinction, Jan.2016, Shruti Chakraborty and Ruchi Mujeree
Shruti Chakraborty and Ruchi Mujeree. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Winter Ball 2016 Kristi Stephens, Kaci Guy, Dee Dee Marsh, Shelley Ludwick
Kristi Stephens, Kaci Guy, Dee Dee Marsh, Shelley Ludwick. Photo by Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Winter Ball 2016 Jaquel & Jeremy Andrews
Jaquel Andrews, Jeremy Andrews. Photo by Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Winter Ball Suzan Deison, Elizabeth Stein, Leisa Holland Nelson
Suzan Deison, Elizabeth Stein, Leisa Holland Nelson. Photo by Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Winter Ball 2016 Charles Ward, Carolyn Farb, Vivian Wise, Justin Makras
Charles Ward, Carolyn Farb, Vivian Wise, Justin Makras. Photo by Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Winter Ball, Jan. 2016, Scotty Arnoldy, Jana Arnoldy, Susan Hansen, Dick Hansen
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Winter Ball 2016 Jason Few II, Arvia Few, Bradlee Few, Jason Few
Winter Ball 2016 Bobby & Phoebe Tudor
Winter Ball Women of Distinction, Jan.2016, Andrew Bruhl, Cora Sue Mach, Harry mach, Michael Wert
Winter Ball 2016 Estela & David Cockrell, Gina Gaston
Winter Ball 2016 Drake Bhati, Gina Bhatia, Mia Bhatia, Devinder Bhatia
Winter Ball 2016 Chita Johnson, Lane Craft
Winter Ball 2016 Sara Skirboll, Jose Portillo, Colleen DiFonzo
Winter Ball, Jan. 2016 Hudson, Lisa, Michael, Pia Holthouse
Winter Ball 2016 Barbara Van Postman, Cindi Rose
Winter Ball 2016 Allie Doyle, Patrick Ryan
Winter Ball 2016 Glen Reyes, Hallie Vanderhider
Winter Ball Women of Distinction, Jan.2016, Shruti Chakraborty and Ruchi Mujeree
Winter Ball 2016 Kristi Stephens, Kaci Guy, Dee Dee Marsh, Shelley Ludwick
Winter Ball 2016 Jaquel & Jeremy Andrews
Winter Ball Suzan Deison, Elizabeth Stein, Leisa Holland Nelson
Winter Ball 2016 Charles Ward, Carolyn Farb, Vivian Wise, Justin Makras

With two glamorous chairs, a dozen designer-clad Women of Distinction honorees, scores of past honorees and 600 black-tie attired patrons, the Winter Ball would have been a dazzling affair even without the glittery "Age of Aquarius" decor. But with mermaids, beefcake mermen and sparkling rotating orbs, this night was a spectacular.

Ball chairs, sisters-in-law, Jana Arnoldy and Susan Hansen set the fashion pace in Oscar de la Renta and Liancarlo, respectively, while ABC-13 Women of Distinction Ambassador Phoebe Tudor set the night afire in a gorgeous gown by Monique Lhuillier.

The evening oozed luxury even as it raised significant funds for a serious cause — supporting the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. That non-profit's importance was brought home by the moving speech of Crohn's patient and gala Honored Hero Allie Doyle.

Luxury extended from the live auction items that included a Mercedes-Benz GLE450 AMG Coupe, donated outright by Mercedes-Benz Dealers of Greater Houston, and diamond and amethyst earrings from Valobra to the raffle of a $5,000 gift certificate to Tenenbaum & Co. 

The always-fun parade of past honorees saw several dozen ladies strutting the catwalk in ball gowns. Introducing all honorees were evening emcees Tom Koch and Melanie Lawson, both ABC-13 news anchors.

Those taking bows as ABC-13 13 2016 Women of Distinction were Gina Bhatia, Estela Cockrell, Gina Gaston Elie, Lisa Holthouse, Mady Kades, Dee Dee Marsh, Paula Mendoza, Joanne Petersen, Barbara Van Postman, and Lynn Walsh. A most impressive addition to the coterie of accomplished women was Rising Star, the incredible Bradley Few, the Harvard-bound daughter of Arvia and Jason Few.

The party crowd included Brock Wagner, Scotty Arnoldy, Dick Hansen, Doe and Henry Florsheim, Wezy and Bobby Dees, Lilly and Thurmon Andress, Kevin Black and Tony Bradfield, Stephanie and Ernie Cockrell, Cora Sue and Harry Mach, Trini Mendenhall, Mary Lynn and Steve Marks, Chita Johnson, and Lane Craft.

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