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International Mothers Day Soirée kickoff party heralds 12 amazing women

International Mothers Day Soirée kickoff party honors 12 amazing women

international Soiree Kickoff, Carrie Brandsberg Dahl, Brigitte Kalai, Dr. Monira Kundi, Denise O'Brian, Shabnam Shaikh, Jill Shull, Ishwaria, Mohan Subbiah, Toni Tate
From left, honorees Carrie Brandsberg Dahl, Brigitte Kalai, Dr. Monira Kundi, Denise O'Brian, Shabnam Shaikh, Jill Shull, Ishwaria Mohan Subbiah, Toni Tate. Photo by Sonya Abid
Carl Hahn, Casey Curry at International Soiree Kickoff
Carl Hahn, Casey Curry. Photo by Sonya Abid
Leisa Holland Nelson, Maha Rasheed Khan, Stacey Swift at International Soiree Kickoff
Leisa Holland Nelson, Maha Rasheed Khan, Stacey Swift  Photo by Sonya Abid
Jillian Marullo, Sobi Qazi at International Soirée Kickoff
 Jillian Marullo, Sobi Qazi. Photo by Sonya Abid
International Soiree Kickoff, Habiba Dhanani, Mona Khan
Habiba Dhanani, Mona Khan. Photo by Sonya Abid
Claudia Echeverria, Rebecca Brinkley at International Soiree Kickoff
Claudia Echeverria, Rebecca Brinkley. Photo by Sonya Abid
 Ruchi Mukherjee at International Soiree kickoff
 Ruchi Mukherjee. Photo by Sonya Abid
Keith McWilliams, Shawntell McWilliams at International Soiree Kickoff
Keith McWilliams, Shawntell McWilliams. Photo by Sonya Abid
Vipul Anand, Geeta Anand at International Soiree kickoff
Vipul Anand, Geeta Anand. Photo by Sonya Abid
Clifford Pugh, Nancy Marcus Golden, John Dascoulias at International Soiree kickoff
Clifford Pugh, Nancy Marcus Golden, John Dascoulias. Photo by Sonya Abid
international Soiree Kickoff, Carrie Brandsberg Dahl, Brigitte Kalai, Dr. Monira Kundi, Denise O'Brian, Shabnam Shaikh, Jill Shull, Ishwaria, Mohan Subbiah, Toni Tate
Carl Hahn, Casey Curry at International Soiree Kickoff
Leisa Holland Nelson, Maha Rasheed Khan, Stacey Swift at International Soiree Kickoff
Jillian Marullo, Sobi Qazi at International Soirée Kickoff
International Soiree Kickoff, Habiba Dhanani, Mona Khan
Claudia Echeverria, Rebecca Brinkley at International Soiree Kickoff
 Ruchi Mukherjee at International Soiree kickoff
Keith McWilliams, Shawntell McWilliams at International Soiree Kickoff
Vipul Anand, Geeta Anand at International Soiree kickoff
Clifford Pugh, Nancy Marcus Golden, John Dascoulias at International Soiree kickoff

What:  LCA Houston's 5th Annual International Mothers Day Soirée kickoff party.

Where: Neiman Marcus Mariposa cafe.

The scoop: A large crowd gathered for "Bubbles & Bites" and the announcement of 12 Houston women representing a diverse range of backgrounds who will be honored at the International Mothers Day Soirée at the Asia Society Texas Center on May 11. The honorees include Merele Yarborough, Dr. Monira Kundi, Toni Tate, Denise O'Brian, Ishwaria Mohan Subbiah, Shabnam Shaikh, Jill Shull, Carrie Brandsberg Dahl, Brigitte Kalai, Jane Seam, Ping Sun and Rekha Muddaraj.

Neiman Marcus' Stacey Swift made the announcement and International Mothers Day Soiree founder and journalist Ruchi Mukherjee welcomed the crowd, telling them how the idea for the gala came about when she wrote a story about Houston's "it" moms for the Times of India. Mukherjee is founder/editor of Lights Camera Action, an online lifestyle society magazine catering to Houston’s diverse community. She reminded guests that the gala will have a "Bollywood chic" theme to mark its fifth anniversary.

Who: Spotted in the crowd were Casey Curry and Carl Hahn, Bashar Kalai, Vipul and Geeta Anand, Howard Tate, Nancy Marcus Golden, Tracy and Harry Faulkner, Ella Markovsky, Rebecca Brinkley, Mario Gudmundsson, Darin Davis, Dr. Monica Patel, Brian McCulloch, Sobi Qazi, Colin Gildroy, Stephanie Von Stein, soirée co-chair Shawntell McWilliams with Keith McWilliams, and auction chair Rebecca Brinkley.