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Man and Woman of the Year candidates use party power for good causes

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Stacey Andell ,Hasti Taghi, Leukemia & Lymphoma event, March 2014
Stacy Andell, left, and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Woman of the Year competitor Hasti Taghi. Photo by Omar Marcos
Tina Taghi, Iraj Taghi, Fariba Taghi, Amir Taghi  Leukemia & Lymphoma contest, March 2014
Tina Taghi, from left, Iraj Taghi, Fariba Taghi and Amir Taghi. Photo by Omar Marcos
Ali Taghi, Massoud Taghdisi, Eddy Tadjvari , Leukemia & Lymphoma, March 2014
Ali Taghi, from left, Massoud Taghdisi and Eddy Tadjvari. Photo by Omar Marcos
_MG_0380.JPG: Neekie Kashani, Afsaneh Alavi, Leukemia & Lymphoma, March 2014
Neekie Kashani, left, and Afsaneh Alavi. Photo by Omar Marcos
Stacy and John Andell, Rosie Murphy, Mike Mahlsteadt, Leukemia & Lymphoma, March 2014
 Stacy and John Andell, left, with Rosie Murphy, Mike Mahlsteadt, Photo by Omar Marcos
Matt Tabrizi, Christie Tabrizi, Leukemia & Lymphoma, March 2014
Matt and Christie Tabrizi. Photo by Omar Marcos
Homayoun Taghi, Anne De Leon, Devin Medina, Manuel Hernandez, Leukemia & Lymphoma event, March 2014
Homayoun Taghi, from left, Anne De Leon, Devin Medina and Manuel Hernandez. Photo by Omar Marcos
Ali Taghi, Dr. Mary-Louise and Dr. M.S.  Kalsi, Shabnam Patel, Leukemia & Lymphoma event, March 2014
Ali Taghi, from left, Dr. Mary-Louise Kalsi, Dr. M.S. Kalsi and Shabnam Patel. Photo by Omar Marcos
Payal Chana, Lauren Dupuis, Lindsey Fox, Hasti Taghi, Megan Coody, Leukemia & Lymphoma, March 2014
Payal Chana, from left, Lauren Dupuis, Lindsey Fox, Hasti Taghi, Megan Coody. Photo by Omar Marcos
Stacey Andell ,Hasti Taghi, Leukemia & Lymphoma event, March 2014
Tina Taghi, Iraj Taghi, Fariba Taghi, Amir Taghi  Leukemia & Lymphoma contest, March 2014
Ali Taghi, Massoud Taghdisi, Eddy Tadjvari , Leukemia & Lymphoma, March 2014
_MG_0380.JPG: Neekie Kashani, Afsaneh Alavi, Leukemia & Lymphoma, March 2014
Stacy and John Andell, Rosie Murphy, Mike Mahlsteadt, Leukemia & Lymphoma, March 2014
Matt Tabrizi, Christie Tabrizi, Leukemia & Lymphoma, March 2014
Homayoun Taghi, Anne De Leon, Devin Medina, Manuel Hernandez, Leukemia & Lymphoma event, March 2014
Ali Taghi, Dr. Mary-Louise and Dr. M.S.  Kalsi, Shabnam Patel, Leukemia & Lymphoma event, March 2014
Payal Chana, Lauren Dupuis, Lindsey Fox, Hasti Taghi, Megan Coody, Leukemia & Lymphoma, March 2014

The spring party season has enjoyed extra oomph in recent years, ever since the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society launched its Man and Woman of the Year competition. Individuals in each category throw various fundraising bashes and the one who brings in the most for the charity earns "of the year" honors.

The partying began with an announcement cocktail event at Saks Fifth Avenue earlier this month when the 19 contenders were introduced. Fundraising has begun in earnest with a recent gathering benefiting the campaign of Hasti Taghi at A. Taghi Fine Apparel and Shoes, the family-owned business on Westheimer just across from the Galleria.

It was quite the party with gents trying on suits from Brioni, Zanella and Bruno Magli as well as checking out the latest accessories from Dunhill while the ladies perused gowns by Amir Taghi Atelier. 

Hasti showed a certain fundraising savvy by lining up Persepolis Homes, Momentum Audi, JW Marriott and Branwar Wines as sponsors as was Del Frisco's, which provided party fare for the gathering of 100.

Among Hasti supporters were Sharron Melton, Donae Chramosta, Rosie Murphy, Mike Mahlsteadt, Stacy and John Andell, Anne and Jacob DeLeon, Roya and Massoud Taghdisi, Neekie Kashani and loads of family members.

Hasti's competitors in the Woman of the Year joust are Stephanie Bundage of CenterPoint Energy, Kristen Cannon of The Cannon Affair, Nina Gutierrez-Garcia with M.D. Anderson, Erin Maggi, Marcie Mir with El Centro De Corazon, Maidie Ryan of Ascend Performance Materials, Kandice Sheehan of Midstates Petroleum, Dr. Angela Sturm-O’Brien of Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Katie Tipper-McWhorter with Campbell Harrison & Dagley L.L.P. and KPRC's Amber Willis.

You might recall that Hasti was a reporter at KPRC for several years before joining Texas Children's Hospital.

The competition continues through May 30 when winners are announced at a River Oaks Country Club party.

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