It might ache a little to see "The Fonz," aka Henry Winkler, with graying locks, but have no worries. The Happy Days star has not lost his special brand of humor nor his ability to charm.
Just ask those who attended the "Celebrating Triumph" luncheon at Houston Country Club. Winkler enchanted the more than 200 guests by reading an excerpt from one of the 17 children's books he has authored. Hero of those books, Hank Zipzer, is closely based on Winkler's childhood, made miserable by failing at school due to his undiagnosed dyslexia. Unfortunately, Winkler's Houston visit was cut short as he raced to catch a flight before the airport closed due to the icy weather Thursday afternoon.
Chaired by Karen and Kevin Henry, Sherri and Charles Gordon and Paige and Morris Windham, the event raised funds for the Center for Success and Independence. Honorary chair Elaine Turner, the celebrity handbag and shoe designer, presented luncheon honorees, Meredith and Raffi Tcholakian, who were recognized for their to commitment to an array of charitable causes in the city.
The Center focuses on youths, aged 12 to 17, and their families, working to help them address emotional, educational and addiction problems.
Supporters pouring into the country club ballroom included Susan Sanders, Lacy Baird, Luke Fertitta, Flora Crosswell, Nicole Fertitta, Martha Adger, Cathy and Joe Cleary, Minnie and Will Baird, Kathy Bracewell, Kim Moody, Jeanie and Jim Janke, Carol and Tom Sawyer, Mary Grace Gray and C.C. Hetherington. Leading the crowd was former Houston Oiler Robert Woods, who is executive director of the Center.