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"Under the Big Top" gala surpasses $1 million in colorful evening

"Under the Big Top" gala surpasses $1 million in colorful evening

Seven Acres gala, Feb. 2016, Buster Freedman, Courtney Zubowski Haas, Karen Friedman
Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Services gala honorees Buster and Karen Friedman with Courtney Zubowski Haas, center, as emcee. Photography by Joe Vela
Seven Acres gala, Feb. 2016, J&D Entertainers
Circus characters from J&D Entertainment. Photography by Joe Vela
Seven Acres gala, Feb. 2016, David Stein, Andrea Stein
David Stein, Andrea Stein. Photography by Joe Vela
Seven Acres gala, Feb. 2016, Lucky Burke, Sandy Burke
Lucky Burke, Sandy Burke. Photography by Joe Vela
Seven Acres gala, Feb. 2016, Marc Shapiro, Jeri Shapiro, Bruce Stein
Marc Shapiro, Jeri Shapiro, Bruce Stein. Photography by Joe Vela
Seven Acres gala, Feb. 2016, Carole Fawcett, Michael Wiesenthal
Carole Fawcett, Michael Wiesenthal. Photography by Joe Vela
Seven Acres gala, Feb. 2016, Martin Fein, Kelli Cohen Fein
Martin Fein, Kelli Cohen Fein. Photography by Joe Vela
Seven Acres gala, Feb. 2016, Esther Freedman, Doug Freedman, Lynn Sembler Dawson
Esther Freedman, Doug Freedman, Lynn Sembler Dawson. Photography by Joe Vela
Seven Acres gala, Feb. 2016, David Morris, Susan Farb Morris, Martin Bronstein
 David Morris, Susan Farb Morris, Martin Bronstein. Photography by Joe Vela
Seven Acres gala, Feb. 2016, Sue Cororve, Millie Cowen Tatar, Lorraine Horwitz
Sue Cororve, Millie Cowen Tatar, Lorraine Horwitz. Photography by Joe Vela
Seven Acres gala, Feb. 2016, Judy Yambra, Barbie Freedman
Judy Yambra, Barbie Freedman. Photography by Joe Vela
Seven Acres gala, Feb. 2016, Leslie Slatko, Malcolm Slatko, Gary Swartz
Leslie Slatko, Malcolm Slatko, Gary Swartz. Photography by Joe Vela
Seven Acres gala, Feb. 2016, Buster Freedman, Courtney Zubowski Haas, Karen Friedman
Seven Acres gala, Feb. 2016, J&D Entertainers
Seven Acres gala, Feb. 2016, David Stein, Andrea Stein
Seven Acres gala, Feb. 2016, Lucky Burke, Sandy Burke
Seven Acres gala, Feb. 2016, Marc Shapiro, Jeri Shapiro, Bruce Stein
Seven Acres gala, Feb. 2016, Carole Fawcett, Michael Wiesenthal
Seven Acres gala, Feb. 2016, Martin Fein, Kelli Cohen Fein
Seven Acres gala, Feb. 2016, Esther Freedman, Doug Freedman, Lynn Sembler Dawson
Seven Acres gala, Feb. 2016, David Morris, Susan Farb Morris, Martin Bronstein
Seven Acres gala, Feb. 2016, Sue Cororve, Millie Cowen Tatar, Lorraine Horwitz
Seven Acres gala, Feb. 2016, Judy Yambra, Barbie Freedman
Seven Acres gala, Feb. 2016, Leslie Slatko, Malcolm Slatko, Gary Swartz

"Under the Big Top" was Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Services most successful benefit gala to date with proceeds racing above the milestone $1 million mark.

The evening began in the foyer of the Westin Galleria Hotel ballroom where a colorful cast of circus characters — jugglers, magicians, stilt walkers and the like — mingled with guests as they bid on a vast array of silent and big board auction items. Adding to the circus theme was the costumed emcee, Courtney Zubowski Haas, who dressed as a ringmaster.

Taking bows as gala honorees were Karen and Buster Freedman, who received the Spirit of Life Award for their many years of support of Seven Acres and of the greater Houston community. Their close friend and community leader in his own right Marc Shapiro presented the awards while Seven Acres president Gary Swartz thanked participants including Cindy and Dennis Laviage of C&D Scrap Metal who generously donated a Fiat car for the raffle. 

The event was chaired by Sandy and Lucky Burke and Andrea and David Stein with Jeri and Marc Shapiro and Bruce Stein serving as honorary chairs.

Tapping their toes to the sounds of the Richard Brown Orchestra were Kelli Cohen Fein and Martin Fein, Susan Farb Morris and David Morris, Carole Fawcett and Michael Wiesenthal, Leslie and Malcolm Slatko, Sandy Rubin, Judy Yambra, and Vicky and Michael Richker.

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