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Houston's Green leaders: Tree defenders honor eco difference makers in historic Heights house

Houston's Green leaders: Tree defenders honor six in historic house

34 Jeff Shell, from left, Gracie Cavnar and Bill Baldwin at the Green Hearts Gala February 2015
Jeff Shell, from left, Gracie Cavnar and Bill Baldwin. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
57 Shannon Hall, from left, Lee Ellis and Nicole Alcock at the Green Hearts Gala February 2015
Shannon Hall, from left, Lee Ellis and Nicole Alcock. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
53 Rob Proctor, from left, Jill Whitten, Rachel Powers and Patricia Greer at the Green Hearts Gala February 2015
Rob Proctor, from left, Jill Whitten, Rachel Powers and Patricia Greer. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
51 Nicole Caver, from left, Fritz McDonald and Lisa Hayes at the Green Hearts Gala February 2015
Nicole Caver, from left, Fritz McDonald and Lisa Hayes. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
46 Martijn van Koolwijk,j from left, Christine Tabrizi, Nicole Caver and Ally Shell van Koolwijk at the Green Hearts Gala February 2015
Martijn van Koolwijk, from left, Christine Tabrizi, Nicole Caver and Ally Shell van Koolwijk. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
45 Lara Kopriva and Russel Gonzalez at the Green Hearts Gala February 2015
Lara Kopriva and Russel Gonzalez. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
42 Jessie Mann and Erin Marquez at the Green Hearts Gala February 2015
Jessie Mann and Erin Marquez. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
20 Erin Marquez, left, and Ana Lavalle at the Green Hearts Gala February 2015
Erin Marquez, left, and Ana Lavalle. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
33 Jeff Kaplan and Ashley Seddon at the Green Hearts Gala February 2015
Jeff Kaplan and Ashley Seddon. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
32 James Dorsett, from left, Debbie Festari, Vivan Wise and Sergio Morales at the Green Hearts Gala February 2015
James Dorsett, from left, Debbie Festari, Vivan Wise and Sergio Morales. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
3 Jon Severson and Apama Mackey at the Green Hearts Gala February 2015
Jon Severson and Apama Mackey. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
30 Jack Massing, from left, Jared Wheat, Cathy Bauggus and Gary Mosley at the Green Hearts Gala February 2015
Jack Massing, from left, Jared Wheat, Cathy Bauggus and Gary Mosley. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
21 Fernando and Sarah Aramburo at the Green Hearts Gala February 2015
Fernando and Sarah Aramburo. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
19 Dr. Ken Korthauer and Sue Korthauer, from left, and Denise and Todd Liebl at the Green Hearts Gala February 2015
Dr. Ken Korthauer and Sue Korthauer, from left, and Denise and Todd Liebl. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
18 Dr. Mario Quintanilla, from left, Lara Kopriva, Russel Gonzalez and Irena Shyshkina at the Green Hearts Gala February 2015
Dr. Mario Quintanilla, from left, Lara Kopriva, Russel Gonzalez and Irena Shyshkina. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
10 Bob Shell, from left, Melissa Ellis, B.J. Shell and Gloria and Tom Pearson at the Green Hearts Gala February 2015
Bob Shell, from left, Melissa Ellis, B.J. Shell and Gloria and Tom Pearson. Photo by © Chinh Phan/Fotowerk Group
34 Jeff Shell, from left, Gracie Cavnar and Bill Baldwin at the Green Hearts Gala February 2015
57 Shannon Hall, from left, Lee Ellis and Nicole Alcock at the Green Hearts Gala February 2015
53 Rob Proctor, from left, Jill Whitten, Rachel Powers and Patricia Greer at the Green Hearts Gala February 2015
51 Nicole Caver, from left, Fritz McDonald and Lisa Hayes at the Green Hearts Gala February 2015
46 Martijn van Koolwijk,j from left, Christine Tabrizi, Nicole Caver and Ally Shell van Koolwijk at the Green Hearts Gala February 2015
45 Lara Kopriva and Russel Gonzalez at the Green Hearts Gala February 2015
42 Jessie Mann and Erin Marquez at the Green Hearts Gala February 2015
20 Erin Marquez, left, and Ana Lavalle at the Green Hearts Gala February 2015
33 Jeff Kaplan and Ashley Seddon at the Green Hearts Gala February 2015
32 James Dorsett, from left, Debbie Festari, Vivan Wise and Sergio Morales at the Green Hearts Gala February 2015
3 Jon Severson and Apama Mackey at the Green Hearts Gala February 2015
30 Jack Massing, from left, Jared Wheat, Cathy Bauggus and Gary Mosley at the Green Hearts Gala February 2015
21 Fernando and Sarah Aramburo at the Green Hearts Gala February 2015
19 Dr. Ken Korthauer and Sue Korthauer, from left, and Denise and Todd Liebl at the Green Hearts Gala February 2015
18 Dr. Mario Quintanilla, from left, Lara Kopriva, Russel Gonzalez and Irena Shyshkina at the Green Hearts Gala February 2015
10 Bob Shell, from left, Melissa Ellis, B.J. Shell and Gloria and Tom Pearson at the Green Hearts Gala February 2015

What: Green Valentine Green Hearts Gala.

Where: A historic home in The Heights.

The 411: What began as a tree-planting celebration in 2005 has grown to two weeks of thinking green activities including a chef series, tree planting, art show, market and the gala. Shell and Bill Baldwin chaired the awards evening, sponsored by Boulevard Realty, in Baldwin's historic home.

The cocktail reception honored six Houstonians "who are leaders in sustainability in their professions." Picking up their "green thumb awards" were Patricia Greer, Joe Icet, Lisa Lin, Shelley Rice, Travis Weaver and Gracie Cavnar, founder of Recipe for Success which was beneficiary of the night's fundraising.

Shell founded the Green Valentine project in conjunction with the city Parks & Recreations Department, Trees for Houston and the Woodland Heights Civic Association.

Who: Shannon Hall, Lee Ellis and Nicole Rob Proctor, Jill Whitten, Rachel Powers Alcock, Martijn van Koolwijk, Christine Tabrizi, Nicole Caver, Ally Shell van Koolwijk, Lara Kopriva and Russel Gonzalez.