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Stunning ladies in colorful ballgowns rule the night: Women of Distinction bring the glamour

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Winter Ball, January 2013, Mary Ann McKeithan, Danielle Ellis
Mary Ann McKeithan, Danielle Ellis Photo by © Gary Fountain
Winter Ball, January 2013, Margaret Alkek Williams, Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein, Sidney Faust
Margaret Alkek Williams, Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein, Sidney Faust Photo by © Gary Fountain
Winter Ball, January 2013, Jana Arnoldy, Alice Mosing, Darlene Bisso, Pamela Wright
Jana Arnoldy, Alice Mosing, Darlene Bisso, Pamela Wright Photo by © Gary Fountain
Winter Ball, January 2013, Elizabeth Stein, Arvia Few
Elizabeth Stein, Arvia Few Photo by © Gary Fountain
Winter Ball, January 2013, Liz Rigney, Debby Leighton
Liz Rigney, Debby Leighton Photo by © Gary Fountain
Winter Ball, January 2013, Donna Bruni, Nidhika Mehta
Donna Bruni, Nidhika Mehta Photo by © Gary Fountain
Winter Ball, January 2013, Trumpet announcing start of Winter Ball
Herald trumpeters called the Winter Ball to order and noted high points of the evening at the Hilton Americas-Houston. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Winter Ball, January 2013, Robin Young-Ellis, Joe Ellis
Robin Young-Ellis, Joe Ellis Photo by © Gary Fountain
Winter Ball, January 2013, Patti Murphy, Don Murphy
Patti Murphy, Don Murphy Photo by © Gary Fountain
Winter Ball, January 2013, Ray Guyton, Mary Grace Gray, Mark Funk
Ray Guyton, Mary Grace Gray, Mark Funk Photo by © Gary Fountain
Winter Ball, January 2013, Jana Arnoldy, Scotty Arnoldy
Jana Arnoldy, Scotty Arnoldy Photo by © Gary Fountain
Winter Ball, January 2013, Kathy Van Deventer,  Richard Van Deventer
Kathy Van Deventer, Richard Van Deventer Photo by © Gary Fountain
Winter Ball, January 2013, David Leebron, Y. Ping Sun
David Leebron, Y. Ping Sun Photo by © Gary Fountain
Winter Ball, January 2013, Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein, Martin Fein
Martin Fein, Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein Photo by © Gary Fountain
Winter Ball, January 2013, Cindi Rose, Dr. Franklin Rose
Cindi Rose, Dr. Franklin Rose Photo by © Gary Fountain
Winter Ball, January 2013, Stan Bunting, Stephani Bunting
Stan Bunting, Stephani Bunting Photo by © Gary Fountain
Winter Ball, January 2013, Billy Dunkin, Allie Dunkin
Billy Dunkin, Allie Dunkin Photo by © Gary Fountain
Winter Ball, January 2013, Mary Ann McKeithan, Danielle Ellis
Winter Ball, January 2013, Margaret Alkek Williams, Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein, Sidney Faust
Winter Ball, January 2013, Jana Arnoldy, Alice Mosing, Darlene Bisso, Pamela Wright
Winter Ball, January 2013, Elizabeth Stein, Arvia Few
Winter Ball, January 2013, Liz Rigney, Debby Leighton
Winter Ball, January 2013, Donna Bruni, Nidhika Mehta
Winter Ball, January 2013, Trumpet announcing start of Winter Ball
Winter Ball, January 2013, Robin Young-Ellis, Joe Ellis
Winter Ball, January 2013, Patti Murphy, Don Murphy
Winter Ball, January 2013, Ray Guyton, Mary Grace Gray, Mark Funk
Winter Ball, January 2013, Jana Arnoldy, Scotty Arnoldy
Winter Ball, January 2013, Kathy Van Deventer,  Richard Van Deventer
Winter Ball, January 2013, David Leebron, Y. Ping Sun
Winter Ball, January 2013, Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein, Martin Fein
Winter Ball, January 2013, Cindi Rose, Dr. Franklin Rose
Winter Ball, January 2013, Stan Bunting, Stephani Bunting
Winter Ball, January 2013, Billy Dunkin, Allie Dunkin

All they needed Saturday night at the Winter Ball was a red carpet commentary on which designers the stunning lineup of ladies were wearing. For with all the pomp and circumstance and the runway parade of more than 40 past Women of Distinction, the evening enjoyed the glamour of a Golden Globes ceremony though there was no suspense as to who the winners were.

The Channel 13 KTRK Women of Distinction had been announced late last year in ceremonies at Saks Fifth Avenue. This night was theirs in a larger arena — before a crowd of 600 at the Hilton Americas-Houston, who showed their approval with energized cheering, standing ovations and endless applause. They were introduced by Channel 13 news anchors Tom Koch and Melanie Lawson.

 Then came the parade of the 2013 honorees, a collection of savvy, sophisticated women whose contributions to the community were heavily weighed in their selection. 

Margaret Alkek Williams was the first to be presented as the premiere "Legendary Woman of Distinction," while Sidney Faust held high honors as the Women of Distinction Ambassador.

Then came the parade of the 2013 honorees, a collection of savvy, sophisticated women whose contributions to the community were heavily weighed in their selection. Taking their bows were Jana Arnoldy, Darlene Bisso, Donna Bruni, Arvia Few, Debby Leighton, Nidhika Mehta, Alice Mosing, Liz Rigney, Elizabeth Stein and Pamela Wright.

Taking bows for the beautiful evening were chairs Danielle Ellis and Mary Ann McKeithan and honorary chairs Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein and Martin Fein.

Adding to the night's proceeds for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America was the live auction of the Mercedes-Benz SUV and a divine bejeweled, multi-strand pearl necklace and matching bracelet compliments of Franco Valobra.

The swell black-tie crowd included Nancy and Lucian Morrison, Rini and Edward Ziegler, Barbara and Don Jordan, Betty and John Hrncir, Cora Sue and Harry Mach, Caroline and Perryn Leech, Denise Bush Bahr and Philip Bahr, Maryann and Jodie Hoffer, Cindi and Dr. Franklin Rose, Mehrnaz and Ned Gill and Lilly and Thurmon Andress.

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