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Grammy-winning singer charms packed house at River Oaks luncheon and reveals MS connection

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Deborah Duncan, from left, Steve Tyrell and Katie Brass at the On the Move luncheon March 2014
Deborah Duncan, from left, Steve Tyrell and Katie Brass. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Carol Donnally, from left, Franelle Rogers and Penny Loyd at the On the Move luncheon March 2014
Carol Donnally, from left, Franelle Rogers and Penny Loyd. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Roz Pactor, from left, Mary Angela Broughton and Rose Cullen at the On the Move luncheon March 2014
Roz Pactor, from left, Mary Angela Broughton and Rose Cullen. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Anne Hooper, from left, Alissa Maples, Virginia Steppe and Lu Caltagirone at the On the Move luncheon March 2014
Anne Hooper, from left, Alissa Maples, Virginia Steppe and Lu Caltagirone. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Sandra Porter, left, and Karen Love at the On the Move luncheon March 2014
Sandra Porter, left, and Karen Love. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Wendy Bedortha, from left, Emily Covey and Wendy Richard at the On the Move luncheon March 2014
Wendy Bedortha, from left, Emily Covey and Wendy Richard. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Roz Pactor, from left, Leisa Holland Nelson and Diane Lokey Farb at the On the Move luncheon March 2014
Roz Pactor, from left, Leisa Holland Nelson and Diane Lokey Farb. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Joe and Diana Mattingly, from left, with Katie and A.J. Brass at the On the Move luncheon March 2014.
Joe and Diana Mattingly, from left, and Katie and A.J. Brass. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Wezy Dees, from left, Deborah Duncan and Anne Richardson at the On the Move luncheon March 2014
Wezy Dees, from left, Deborah Duncan and Anne Richardson. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Diane Gendel, from left, Shelley Reeves and Carol Sawyer at the On the Move luncheon March 2014
Diane Gendel, from left, Shelley Reeves and Carol Sawyer. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
David Lepori, from left, Mimi Parsons, Steve Tyrell, Franelle Rogers and Penny Loyd at the On the Move luncheon March 2014
David Lepori, from left, Mimi Parsons, Steve Tyrell, Franelle Rogers and Penny Loyd. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Brittney Jaggard, left, and Jessica Jaggard at the On the Move luncheon March 2014
Brittney Jaggard, left, and Jessica Jaggard. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Betty Tutor, from left, with Gene and Linda Dewhurst at the On the Move luncheon March 2014
Betty Tutor, from left, with Gene and Linda Dewhurst. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Ginger Kanaly, left, and Debbie Kanaly at the On the Move luncheon March 2014
Ginger Kanaly, left, and Debbie Kanaly. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Deborah Duncan, from left, Steve Tyrell and Katie Brass at the On the Move luncheon March 2014
Carol Donnally, from left, Franelle Rogers and Penny Loyd at the On the Move luncheon March 2014
Roz Pactor, from left, Mary Angela Broughton and Rose Cullen at the On the Move luncheon March 2014
Anne Hooper, from left, Alissa Maples, Virginia Steppe and Lu Caltagirone at the On the Move luncheon March 2014
Sandra Porter, left, and Karen Love at the On the Move luncheon March 2014
Wendy Bedortha, from left, Emily Covey and Wendy Richard at the On the Move luncheon March 2014
Roz Pactor, from left, Leisa Holland Nelson and Diane Lokey Farb at the On the Move luncheon March 2014
Joe and Diana Mattingly, from left, with Katie and A.J. Brass at the On the Move luncheon March 2014.
Wezy Dees, from left, Deborah Duncan and Anne Richardson at the On the Move luncheon March 2014
Diane Gendel, from left, Shelley Reeves and Carol Sawyer at the On the Move luncheon March 2014
David Lepori, from left, Mimi Parsons, Steve Tyrell, Franelle Rogers and Penny Loyd at the On the Move luncheon March 2014
Brittney Jaggard, left, and Jessica Jaggard at the On the Move luncheon March 2014
Betty Tutor, from left, with Gene and Linda Dewhurst at the On the Move luncheon March 2014
Ginger Kanaly, left, and Debbie Kanaly at the On the Move luncheon March 2014

Between lunch, which he didn't eat, and his interview on stage with Deborah Duncan, Grammy-winning song man and producer Steve Tyrell worked the River Oaks Country Club ballroom with the fervor of a politician in a tight runoff. But rather than a pre-election fete, it was the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's "On the Move" luncheon.

Tyrell was certainly on the move as he hopped from table to table — embracing Cathy Brock, kissing Rose Cullen and squeezing the shoulders of Mary Angela Broughton. And, of course, there was a big salute to his sister, Roz Pactor, and her table mates.

 "First off, it was God and Frank Sinatra in our house and not necessarily in that order." 

When he arrived on the platform to be interviewed by KHOU's morning show host, he picked up a flashlight, a gift from Pactor in a playful nod to the night before when the lights went out at Jones Hall during his performance. Before the interview began, Duncan lured Tyrell into a delightful, if brief, duet of "Baby It's Cold Outside."

Tyrell allowed that his interest in singing began at a very early age. "Music has always been in my soul," he said. "First off, it was God and Frank Sinatra in our house and not necessarily in that order."

Then it was down to the meat of the luncheon — Tyrell's concern for finding a cure for MS. His daughter, Tina, has the disease and he has grown close to Katie Brass, who has MS and has counseled Tina, and to her family. In fact, Katie's mother-in-law, Joyce Brass, will host a benefit dinner in their home with Tyrell as special guest. Once offered, that jewel sold out at $300 per person in less than 10 minutes.

It was a happy day for Franelle Rogers, who has chaired the luncheon for five consecutive years. The event raised $160,000 for the MS society. The luncheon honored Penny Loyd and Frost Bank.

Joining the upbeat day were Joelle Rogers, Regina Rogers, Vicki Rizzo, Mauri Oliver, Virginia Steppe, Alissa Maples, Karen Love, Leisa Holland-Nelson, Lu Caltigirone, Shelley Reeves, Linda and Gene Dewhurst, Carol Sawyer and Betty Tutor.

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