Shelby's Social Diary

Houston's grocery store king, a TV news star and Mayor Annise Parker give virgin fundraiser a push

Houston grocery store king, TV news star give virgin fundraiser a push

News, Shelby, Red Cross Luncheon, Feb. 2015, Len cannon Steve Vetrano, Scott McClelland
Luncheon emcee Len Cannon, from left, Red Cross regional CEO Steve Vertrano and H-E-B's Scott McClelland. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Red Cross Luncheon, Feb. 2015, Winell Herron, Bobbie Nau, Leisa Holland Nelson
Luncheon chair Winell Herron, from left, honorary chair Bobbie Nau and luncheon chair Leisa Holland-Nelson. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Red Cross Luncheon, Feb. 2015, Bruce LaBoon, Cathy Krajicek
Community honoree Bruce LaBoon and Cathy Krajicek, representing Marathon Oil, corporate honoree. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Red Cross Luncheon, Feb. 2015, Ronald Jackson, Regina Jackson, Gina Gaston Elie, Mario Elie
Ronald and Regina Jackson, left, with Gina Gaston Elie and Mario Eli. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Red Cross Luncheon, Feb. 2015, Carol Linn, Denise Monteleone
Carol Linn, left, and Denise Monteleone. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Red Cross Luncheon, FEb. 2015, Genora and Dwight Boykins,
Genora and Dwight Boykins. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Red Cross Luncheon, Feb. 2015, Susan Sarofim, Jo Lynn Falgout, Christine Falgout
Susan Sarofim, from left, Jo Lynn Falgout and Christine Falgout. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Red Cross Luncheon, Feb. 2015, Sharon Adams, John Sorrentino
Sharon Adams and John Sorrentino. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Red Cross Luncheon, Feb. 2015, Karen Love, Beth Wolff
Karen Love, left, and Beth Wolff. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Red Cross Luncheon, Feb. 2015, Eileen Lawal, Yvonne Cormier, Claire Cormier Thielke, Merele Yarborough
Eileen Lawal, from left, Yvonne Cormier, Claire Cormier Thielke and Merele Yarborough. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Red Cross Luncheon, Feb. 2015, Cathy Brock, Randa Weiner, Evelyn Fasnacht, Amy Aubrey
Cathy Brock, from left, Randa Weiner, Evelyn Fasnacht and Amy Aubry. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Red Cross Luncheon, Feb. 2015, Kim Tutcher, Lesha Elsenbrook
Kim Tutcher, left, and Lesha Elsenbrook. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Red Cross Luncheon, Feb. 2015, Diane Englet, Tracy Janda
Diane Englet and Tracy Janda. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Red Cross Luncheon, Feb. 2015, Len cannon Steve Vetrano, Scott McClelland
News, Shelby, Red Cross Luncheon, Feb. 2015, Winell Herron, Bobbie Nau, Leisa Holland Nelson
News, Shelby, Red Cross Luncheon, Feb. 2015, Bruce LaBoon, Cathy Krajicek
News, Shelby, Red Cross Luncheon, Feb. 2015, Ronald Jackson, Regina Jackson, Gina Gaston Elie, Mario Elie
News, Shelby, Red Cross Luncheon, Feb. 2015, Carol Linn, Denise Monteleone
News, Shelby, Red Cross Luncheon, FEb. 2015, Genora and Dwight Boykins,
News, Shelby, Red Cross Luncheon, Feb. 2015, Susan Sarofim, Jo Lynn Falgout, Christine Falgout
News, Shelby, Red Cross Luncheon, Feb. 2015, Sharon Adams, John Sorrentino
News, Shelby, Red Cross Luncheon, Feb. 2015, Karen Love, Beth Wolff
News, Shelby, Red Cross Luncheon, Feb. 2015, Eileen Lawal, Yvonne Cormier, Claire Cormier Thielke, Merele Yarborough
News, Shelby, Red Cross Luncheon, Feb. 2015, Cathy Brock, Randa Weiner, Evelyn Fasnacht, Amy Aubrey
News, Shelby, Red Cross Luncheon, Feb. 2015, Kim Tutcher, Lesha Elsenbrook
News, Shelby, Red Cross Luncheon, Feb. 2015, Diane Englet, Tracy Janda

Three powerful women and one worthy cause — that was the ticket to success when the American Red Cross Greater Houston Chapter celebrated a century of providing services throughout the Texas Gulf Coast region.

Kudos to chairs Winell Herron and Leisa Holland-Nelson and honorary chair Bobbie Nau, who corralled close to 500 supporters into the Hilton Americas-Houston ballroom and raised more than $300,000 in a first-ever event for the local Red Cross.

In her remarks declaring March as American Red Cross Month in Houston, Mayor Annise Parker surprised the audience by noting that her father worked for the non-profit for 20 years, including stints abroad. It was the first time that we recall Parker ever passing the hat for a non-profit.

"The American Red Cross has been around so long that it seems to sometimes fade in the background and we think it's always going to be there. But the American Red Cross won't be there unless we step up and support it with our time and our talent and our treasuries," Parker said. "So for all of the great things that the American Red Cross does for us . . . we salute them and honor them on the beginning of their centennial year and ask you to take out your checkbooks, pick up one of those pledge cards and give." 

It was the flip of a coin that decided on the signing of Houston Texan J.J. Watt as H-E-B TV commercial star rather than then-QB Matt Schaub. Talk about a lucky coin toss !

The luncheon program featured H-E-B division president Scott McClelland in a light-hearted interview with KHOU Channel 11 news anchor and the day's emcee Len Cannon. Mr. H-E-B, as he is affectionately known, discussed the grocery chain's emergency readiness, saying that H-E-B could join with the Red Cross in preparing as many as 600 meals an hour.

He also allowed that it was the flip of a coin that decided on the signing of Houston Texan J.J. Watt as H-E-B TV commercial star rather than then-quarterback Matt Schaub. Talk about a lucky day.

The luncheon honored Bruce LaBoon for community leadership and Marathon Oil for corporate leadership.

The luncheon scene included Red Cross Greater Houston CEO Steve Vetrano, Houston Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus, Susan Sarofim, Randa Weiner, Gina Gaston Elie and Mario Elie, Jo Lynn Falgout, Yvonne Cormier, Eileen Lawal, Cathy Brock, Merrill and Joe Hafner,  Doug Herron, Susan McEldoon and Bruce Padilla.

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