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Houston humanitarians and celebs get glitzy for record-breaking gala

Houston humanitarians and celebs get glitzy for record-breaking gala

Mariola Chodkowska and Rae Strum
Mariola Chodkowska and Rae Strum.  Photo by Quy Tran
Deborah Duncan at podium
Deborah Duncan served as emcee.  Photo by Quy Tran
Tammy Tran Nguyen and Laure Heriard Dubreuil
Tammy Tran Nguyen, founder of KNOWAutism, and Laure Heriard Dubreuil, Honorary Chair. Photo by Quy Tran
Rudy and Debbie Festari
Rudy and Debbie Festari.  Photo by Quy Tran
Rob and Amy Pierce
Rob and Amy Pierce.  Photo by Quy Tran
Tracy and Harry Faulkner
Tracy and Harry Faulkner.  Photo by Quy Tran
Stephen and Kim Perich
Stephen and Kim Perich, fashion show chair.  Photo by Quy Tran
Gretchen Wright, Donae Chramosta, Marilyn Irwin
Gretchen Wright, Donae Chramosta, and Marilyn Irwin. Photo by Quy Tran
Runway model fashion show by The Webster
Runway fashions by The Webster. Photo by Quy Tran
Vocalist Kelly Levesque
Vocalist Kelly Levesque debuts her new song.  Photo by Quy Tran
Mariola Chodkowska and Rae Strum
Deborah Duncan at podium
Tammy Tran Nguyen and Laure Heriard Dubreuil
Rudy and Debbie Festari
Rob and Amy Pierce
Tracy and Harry Faulkner
Stephen and Kim Perich
Gretchen Wright, Donae Chramosta, Marilyn Irwin
Runway model fashion show by The Webster
Vocalist Kelly Levesque

What: The 4th Annual KNOWAutism Gala

Where: The Briar Club

The scoop: Guests sparkled at the Reach for the Stars Gala benefiting KNOWAutism at The Briar Club. Presented by Van Cleef & Arpels, the event raised a record-breaking $375,000 to support families of children with autism by providing financial assistance and raising community awareness.

More than 250 guests dressed in their black-tie best and gathered to enjoy dinner as Deborah Duncan, the night’s emcee, introduced gala co-chairs Donae and Rob Chramosta and Amy and Rob Pierce to welcome guests and speak about the cause. (Through education, KNOWAutism teaches families how to detect the early signs of autism and the importance of intervention, while providing access to resources and services to help improve the long-term outcomes for children with autism.) 

Vocalist Kelly Levesque debuted her new song “I Won’t Let You Down” which she dedicated to KNOWAutism to help raise awareness. 

The night’s honorees Dr. Sippi and Ajay Khurana were presented with the inaugural KNOWAutism Humanitarian Award, followed by a glitzy fashion show featuring The Webster’s star-worthy designers such as Rosie Assouline, Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney, Balmain, and more. 

The event concluded with a live auction featuring packages such as an Oahu retreat at the Four Seasons Resort, a suite at Minute Maid Park for one of the Astros’ 2018 games, and a luxury staycation presented by Bentley. The silent auction included special items such as a custom gold crystal butterfly clutch made specifically for KNOWAutism in Pakistan by a local designer. The clutch was then donated by 14-year-old Arissa Jokhio, who has a close family connection to autism, in an effort to give back to her community and support kids and teens with autism.

Who: Tammy and Wayne NguyenDonae and Rob Chramosta, Amy and Rob Pierce, Kimberly PerichLaure Heriard Dubreuil, Dr. Sippy and Ajay Khurana, Deborah Duncan, Carolyn Farb, and more.