Rodeo Femmes in Spotlight

Sold-out luncheon for 1,300 celebrates leading ladies of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Sold-out luncheon for 1,300 celebrates Rodeo Houston's leading ladies

Rodeo Trailblazer Awards, Feb. 2016, Tricia Koch, Marilyn DeMontrond, Jonnie Steffek, Kathleen Williams and Carol Sawyer
Tricia Koch, Marilyn DeMontrond, Jonnie Steffek, Kathleen Williams and Carol Sawyer. Courtesy photo
Trailblazer Awards, Feb. 2016, Chita Johnson, Joel Cowley
Chita Johnson, Joel Cowley.  Courtesy photo
Trailblazer Awards, Feb. 2016, Patt Mann Phillips, Paula Robinson, Sharleen Walkoviak
Patt Mann Phillips, Paula Robinson, Sharleen Walkoviak. Courtesy photo
Trailblazer Awards, FEb. 2016, Adrienne Kurtz, Gregg Gilliam
Adrienne Kurtz, Gregg Gilliam. Courtesy photo
Trailblazer Awards, Feb. 2016, Gretchen Gilliam
Gretchen Gilliam. Courtesy photo
Trailblazer Awards, Feb. 2016, Dot Mitchell, Shara Fryer
Dot Mitchell, Shara Fryer. Courtesy photo
Trailblazer Awards, Feb. 2016, Michelle Wasaff, Jill Watson
Michelle Wasaff, Jill Watson. Courtesy photo
Trailblazer Awards, Feb. 2016, Kristina Somerville, Sandra Burkhalter, Kelly Hornberger, Susan Spalding
Kristina Somerville, Sandra Burkhalter, Kelly Hornberger, Susan Spalding. Courtesy photo
Trailblazer Awards, Feb. 2016, Crystal Northcutt, Lynn Kiesewetter, Debby Young, Arlene Hinsley
Crystal Northcutt, Lynn Kiesewetter, Debby Young, Arlene Hinsley. Courtesy photo
Trailblazer Awards, Feb. 2016, Carol Sawyer
Carol Sawyer.  Courtesy photo
Rodeo Trailblazer Awards, Feb. 2016, Tricia Koch, Marilyn DeMontrond, Jonnie Steffek, Kathleen Williams and Carol Sawyer
Trailblazer Awards, Feb. 2016, Chita Johnson, Joel Cowley
Trailblazer Awards, Feb. 2016, Patt Mann Phillips, Paula Robinson, Sharleen Walkoviak
Trailblazer Awards, FEb. 2016, Adrienne Kurtz, Gregg Gilliam
Trailblazer Awards, Feb. 2016, Gretchen Gilliam
Trailblazer Awards, Feb. 2016, Dot Mitchell, Shara Fryer
Trailblazer Awards, Feb. 2016, Michelle Wasaff, Jill Watson
Trailblazer Awards, Feb. 2016, Kristina Somerville, Sandra Burkhalter, Kelly Hornberger, Susan Spalding
Trailblazer Awards, Feb. 2016, Crystal Northcutt, Lynn Kiesewetter, Debby Young, Arlene Hinsley
Trailblazer Awards, Feb. 2016, Carol Sawyer

The 17th annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Trailblazers Award luncheon played to a packed house at the Hilton Americas-Houston when 1,300 guests turned out to applaud the 2016 honorees.

Five HLSR volunteers were recognized for their years of leadership: Jonnie Steffek, Marilyn DeMontrond, Tricia Koch, Carol Sawyer and Kathleen Willliams. Each has served on multiple committees for a minimum of 10 years. For that dedication, they were cheered by the enthusiastic crowd as they walked the runway while receiving accolades from Joel Cowley, HLSR president and CEO, and KHOU 11 meteorologist Chita Johnson

Leading off the luncheon program, which included a Saks Fifth Avenue fashion show, were Trailblazer Committee chair Gretchen Gilliam and vice president and officer-in-charge Sharleen Walkoviak.

Rodeo supporters included board chair Jack A. Lyons and wife Nina, Tammy Cowley, Dan Cheney, Kelly and Joe Bruce Hancock, Ruby and Jim Bloodworth, Peggy and Wayne Hollis, Barbara and Don Jordan, Paula and Butch Robinson, Ron Walkoviak, Kristina and Paul Somerville, and Jennifer and Joe Van Matre.

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