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Houston's most powerful private school: Bush and Ralph Lauren family connections fuel its special event

Houston's most powerful school: Bush, Ralph Lauren ties fuel big event

9371CC Liz Anders, from left, Adrian Ross, Lauren Bush Lauren and Nicole Zarr at The Kinkaid School Alumni luncheon March 2015
Liz Anders, from left, Adrian Ross, Lauren Bush Lauren and Nicole Zarr at the luncheon. Photo by David Shutts
9399 Barbara Bush, left, and Lauren Bush Lauren at The Kinkaid School Alumni luncheon March 2015
Barbara Bush, left, and Lauren Bush Lauren at the luncheon. Photo by David Shutts
121 Mary Dyer, from left, Ellie Bale, Courtney Fortney and Ashley Clark at The Kinkaid School Alumni luncheon March 2015
Mary Dyer, from left, Ellie Bale, Courtney Fortney and Ashley Clark at the VIP party. Photo by David Shutts
126 Dina Lawal, left, and Dawn Armstrong at The Kinkaid School Alumni luncheon March 2015
Dina Lawal, left, and Dawn Armstrong at the VIP party. Photo by David Shutts
73 Pam Carmain, from left, Tricia Dewhurst and Gayleen Breeding at The Kinkaid School Alumni luncheon March 2015
Pam Carmain, from left, Tricia Dewhurst and Gayleen Breeding at the VIP party. Photo by David Shutts
104 Liz Anders, from left, Nicole Zarr and Lauren Bush Lauren at The Kinkaid School Alumni luncheon March 2015
Liz Anders, from left, Nicole Zarr and Lauren Bush Lauren at the VIP party. Photo by David Shutts
75 Lindsey Looke, from left, Farrell Saunders, Christina Van Os and Carolyn Dodson at The Kinkaid School Alumni luncheon March 2015
Lindsey Looke, from left, Farrell Saunders, Christina Van Os and Carolyn Dodson at the VIP party. Photo by David Shutts
80 Virginia Watt, left, and Mary Nell Lovett at The Kinkaid School Alumni luncheon March 2015
Virginia Watt, left, and Mary Nell Lovett a the VIP party. Photo by David Shutts
137 Rebecca Rude, from left, Caroline Sabin and Adrian Ross at The Kinkaid School Alumni luncheon March 2015
Rebecca Rude, from left, Caroline Sabin and Adrian Ross at the VIP party. Photo by David Shutts
64 Amy Beeson, from left, Meredith Beaupre, Meredith Chastang and Monica Bickers at The Kinkaid School Alumni luncheon March 2015.
Amy Beeson, from left, Meredith Beaupre, Meredith Chastang and Monica Bickers at the VIP party. Photo by David Shutts
28 Betty Hrncir, left, and Kay English at The Kinkaid School Alumni luncheon March 2015
Betty Hrncir, left, and Kay English at the VIP party. Photo by David Shutts
22 Clare McLeroy, from left, Mary Smith and Mary Eliza Shaper at The Kinkaid School Alumni luncheon March 2015
Clare McLeroy, from left, Mary Smith and Mary Eliza Shaper at the VIP party. Photo by David Shutts
21 Nicole Zarr, from left, Adrian Ross and Liz Anders at The Kinkaid School Alumni luncheon March 2015
Nicole Zarr, from left, Adrian Ross and Liz Anders at the VIP party. Photo by David Shutts
9345 Lauren Bush Lauren at The Kinkaid School Alumni luncheon March 2015
Kinkaid alumna Lauren Bush Lauren speaks about her charitable endeavors at the luncheon. Photo by David Shutts
9371CC Liz Anders, from left, Adrian Ross, Lauren Bush Lauren and Nicole Zarr at The Kinkaid School Alumni luncheon March 2015
9399 Barbara Bush, left, and Lauren Bush Lauren at The Kinkaid School Alumni luncheon March 2015
121 Mary Dyer, from left, Ellie Bale, Courtney Fortney and Ashley Clark at The Kinkaid School Alumni luncheon March 2015
126 Dina Lawal, left, and Dawn Armstrong at The Kinkaid School Alumni luncheon March 2015
73 Pam Carmain, from left, Tricia Dewhurst and Gayleen Breeding at The Kinkaid School Alumni luncheon March 2015
104 Liz Anders, from left, Nicole Zarr and Lauren Bush Lauren at The Kinkaid School Alumni luncheon March 2015
75 Lindsey Looke, from left, Farrell Saunders, Christina Van Os and Carolyn Dodson at The Kinkaid School Alumni luncheon March 2015
80 Virginia Watt, left, and Mary Nell Lovett at The Kinkaid School Alumni luncheon March 2015
137 Rebecca Rude, from left, Caroline Sabin and Adrian Ross at The Kinkaid School Alumni luncheon March 2015
64 Amy Beeson, from left, Meredith Beaupre, Meredith Chastang and Monica Bickers at The Kinkaid School Alumni luncheon March 2015.
28 Betty Hrncir, left, and Kay English at The Kinkaid School Alumni luncheon March 2015
22 Clare McLeroy, from left, Mary Smith and Mary Eliza Shaper at The Kinkaid School Alumni luncheon March 2015
21 Nicole Zarr, from left, Adrian Ross and Liz Anders at The Kinkaid School Alumni luncheon March 2015
9345 Lauren Bush Lauren at The Kinkaid School Alumni luncheon March 2015

How lucky for Kinkaid School supporters that one of its best-known alumna, Lauren Bush Lauren, had enough Kinkaid and Houston loyalties to agree to be guest speaker at the inaugural Kinkaid Alumnae and Friends Luncheon.

Actually, the ask was an easy one, what with Lauren's father and her grandparents, former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush, living in H-Town.

The former Falcon returned to the nest for an evening VIP party in the Tanglewood home of Mary Eliza Lovett Shaper and the luncheon presentation at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. The night before her talk, she mingled congenially with alumnae of all generations (the school was founded in 1906). For the luncheon, Lauren gave a heartfelt talk on the importance of her 11 years at the school.

“Kinkaid is more than just a school — it is an extended family," she told the gathering of 650. "It is a testing ground for self-discovery and it is a launch pad in the world beyond.” Among those applauding her talk was Lauren's grandmother, Barbara Bush.

Her talk included info on the work of her non-profit FEED. She explained that proceeds from her 10 percent of the luncheon proceeds would provide 100,000 meals to children in schools around the world. The remaining 90 percent of the luncheon proceeds are earmarked for funding of the school's new dining center.

The luncheon was chaired by Liz Anders, Adrian Ross and Nicole Zarr while the VIP party was chaired by Mary Smith and Clare McLeroy

Among the Kinkaid supporters were Mary Nell Lovett, Virginia Watt, Meredith Riddle Chastang, Tricia Dewhurst, Chelsea Cunningham, Sharon Bush, Moniker Bickers, Betty Hrncir and Carolyn Dodson