Fashion Frolic And Serious Mission

Houston's fashion notables pitch in to fight autism at glamorous gala

Houston's fashion notables pitch in to fight autism at glamorous gala

Know Autism Gala, Feb. 2016, Staci Henderson, Misti Pace-Krahl, Dena Winkler, Vanitha Pothuri, Duyen Huyen
 Staci Henderson, Misti Pace-Krahl, Dena Winkler, Vanitha Pothuri, Duyen Huyen. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Know Autism Gala, Feb. 2016, Rita Garcia, Neal Hamil
Rita Garcia, Neal Hamil. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Know Autism Gala, Feb. 2016, Elaine Turner, Anika Jackson
Elaine Turner, Anika Jackson. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Know Autism Gala, Feb. 2016, Wayne Nguyen, Tammy Tan Nguyen, Julia Nguyen
Wayne Nguyen, Julia Nguyen, Tammy Tan Nguyen. Photo by Quy Tran
Know Autism Gala, Feb. 2016, David Peck, Michelle Phillips
 David Peck, Michelle Phillips. Photo by Quy Tran
Know Autism Gala, Feb. 2016, Christina Zhou, Gene Wu, Miya Shay, Tammy Tran Nguyen, Al Green
Christina Zhou, Gene Wu, Miya Shay, Tammy Tran Nguyen, Al Green. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Know Autism Gala, Feb. 2016, Sippi Khurana, Ajay Khurana
Dr. Sippi Khurana, Ajay Khurana. Photo by Quy Tran
Know Autism Gala, Feb. 2016, Sheldon Kramer, Stephanie Oshman
Sheldon Kramer, Stephanie Oshman. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Know Autism Gala, Feb. 2016, Dr. Robert Voight, Virginia Tomlinson, Walter Tomlinson
Dr. Robert Voight, Virginia Tomlinson, Walter Tomlinson. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Know Autism Gala, Feb. 2016, Joe Turner, Elaine Turner, Tracy Faulkner, Harry Faulkner
Joe Turner, Elaine Turner, Tracy Faulkner, Harry Faulkner. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Know Autism Gala, Feb. 2016, Sneha Merchant, Nick Merchant
Sneha Merchant, Nick Merchant. Photo by Quy Tran
Know Autism Gala, Feb. 2016, Rob Chramosta, Donae Chramosta
Rob Chramosta, Donae Chramosta. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Know Autism Gala, Feb. 2016, Michael DeMarse, Dana Kervin, Brittany Smith
 Michael DeMarse, Dana Kervin, Brittany Smith. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Know Autism Gala, Feb. 2016, Jaquie Baly, Dena Winkler,-Vanitha Pothuri, Michael Pearce
Jaquie Baly, Dena Winkler, Michael Pearce. Photo by Roswitha Vogler
Know Autism Gala, Feb. 2016, Nina Vu Yu, Diane Chen
Nina Vu Yu, Diane Chen. Photo by Quy Tran
Know Autism Gala, Feb. 2016, Staci Henderson, Misti Pace-Krahl, Dena Winkler, Vanitha Pothuri, Duyen Huyen
Know Autism Gala, Feb. 2016, Rita Garcia, Neal Hamil
Know Autism Gala, Feb. 2016, Elaine Turner, Anika Jackson
Know Autism Gala, Feb. 2016, Wayne Nguyen, Tammy Tan Nguyen, Julia Nguyen
Know Autism Gala, Feb. 2016, David Peck, Michelle Phillips
Know Autism Gala, Feb. 2016, Christina Zhou, Gene Wu, Miya Shay, Tammy Tran Nguyen, Al Green
Know Autism Gala, Feb. 2016, Sippi Khurana, Ajay Khurana
Know Autism Gala, Feb. 2016, Sheldon Kramer, Stephanie Oshman
Know Autism Gala, Feb. 2016, Dr. Robert Voight, Virginia Tomlinson, Walter Tomlinson
Know Autism Gala, Feb. 2016, Joe Turner, Elaine Turner, Tracy Faulkner, Harry Faulkner
Know Autism Gala, Feb. 2016, Sneha Merchant, Nick Merchant
Know Autism Gala, Feb. 2016, Rob Chramosta, Donae Chramosta
Know Autism Gala, Feb. 2016, Michael DeMarse, Dana Kervin, Brittany Smith
Know Autism Gala, Feb. 2016, Jaquie Baly, Dena Winkler,-Vanitha Pothuri, Michael Pearce
Know Autism Gala, Feb. 2016, Nina Vu Yu, Diane Chen

In only its second year, the KNOWAutism Foundation gala drew a glamorous, international crowd to Houston Country Club where the emphasis was on raising funds to provide assistance to families affected by autism. 

More than 270 guests joined the evening that featured fashion designer and honorary chair Elaine Turnerwho shared her daughter's story of a late autism diagnosis and her family's struggles to meet the challenges. Dr. Robert G. Voight, director of Texas Children’s Hospital Autism Center, spoke of the unique challenges faced by parents in Texas, a state which has no subsidy programs or required insurance coverage that includes autism testing.

The evening was not without its entertaining side. David Peck introduced his new Miles David line, modeled by local celebrities and professional models.

Key players in the evening were gala chair Anika Jackson, emcees Rita Garcia and Neal Hamil and KNOWAutism founder Tammy Tran Nguyen.

Helping raise more than $160,000 were Wayne Nguyen, Miya Shay and State. Rep. Gene Wu, Congressman Al Green, Donae and Rob Chramosta, Jim Turner, Jacquie Baly, Michael Pearce, Dr. Sippi and Ajay Khurana, Tracy and Harry Faulkner, and Staci Henderson.