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A top Houston restaurant turns into a fantasy land with more than 30 celebrity waiters

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1S Lynn Wyatt, from left, Bob Sakowitz and Joan Schnitzer Levy at the Emerald City ESCAPE Celebrity Serve Benefit April 2014 by Jeff Grass
Lynn Wyatt, left, Bob Sakowitz and Joan Schnitzer Levy. Photo by © Jeff Grass
13S1 Ava Delaney, Toto and Sandra Rhoden at the Emerald City ESCAPE Celebrity Serve Benefit April 2014
Ava Delaney, left, and Sandra Rhoden. Photo by © Jeff Grass
4S Deborah Duncan, from left, Tom Koch, Jan Carson and Tim Connolly at the Emerald City ESCAPE Celebrity Serve Benefit April 2014
Deborah Duncan, from left, Tom Koch, Jan Carson and Tim Connolly. Photo by © Jeff Grass
3S Carel Stith, from left, Bonnie Hellums, David Dewhurst, Lidya Osadchey and Gerald Franklin at the Emerald City ESCAPE Celebrity Serve Benefit April 2014
Carel Stith, from left, Bonnie Hellums, David Dewhurst, Lidya Osadchey and Gerald Franklin. Photo by © Jeff Grass
6S Scott and Moriah Talley, from left, Reuven Hollo and Dawn Forsmith at the Emerald City ESCAPE Celebrity Serve Benefit April 2014
Scott and Moriah Talley, from left, Reuven Hollo and Dawn Forsmith at. Photo by © Jeff Grass
2S John and Martha Kiani, from left, Dennis and Vicki Price and Jennifer and Michael Mineo at the Emerald City ESCAPE Celebrity Serve Benefit April 2014
John and Martha Kiani, from left, Dennis and Vicki Price and Jennifer and Michael Mineo. Photo by © Jeff Grass
12S Diane Lokey Farb, from left, Frann Lichtenstein, Joan Schnitzer Levy and Janet Gurwitch at the Emerald City ESCAPE Celebrity Serve Benefit April 2014
Diane Lokey Farb, from left, Frann Lichtenstein, Joan Schnitzer Levy and Janet Gurwitch. Photo by © Jeff Grass
13S Todd Ramos, from left, with Steve and Sandra Rhoden at the Emerald City ESCAPE Celebrity Serve Benefit April 2014
Todd Ramos, from left, with Steve and Sandra Rhoden. Photo by © Jeff Grass
5S Connie and John Schhieder, from left, Peggy and Kerry Mazoch, Marcy de Luna and Courtney Zubowski-Haas at the Emerald City ESCAPE Celebrity Serve Benefit April 2014
Connie and John Schhieder, from left, Peggy and Kerry Mazoch, Marcy de Luna and Courtney Zubowski-Haas. Photo by © Jeff Grass
11S Lauren Finkelstein, from left, Shawnda McNeal, Atom Smasher and Chad Pitt at the Emerald City ESCAPE Celebrity Serve Benefit April 2014
Lauren Finkelstein, from left, Shawnda McNeal, Atom Smasher and Chad Pitt. Photo by © Jeff Grass
11S Chad Pitt and Lauren Finkelstein at the Emerald City ESCAPE Celebrity Serve Benefit April 2014
Chad Pitt and Lauren Finkelstein. Photo by © Jeff Grass
9S Kim Padgett and Edward Sanchez at the Emerald City ESCAPE Celebrity Serve Benefit April 2014
Kim Padgett and Edward Sanchez. Photo by © Mike Bowlin
8S The crowd at Tony's at the Emerald City ESCAPE Celebrity Serve Benefit April 2014
The crowd at Tony's. Photo by © Mike Bowlin
7S Bill Sherrill and Dene Hofheinz Anton at the Emerald City ESCAPE Celebrity Serve Benefit April 2014 by Mike Bowlin
Bill Sherrill and Dene Hofheinz Anton. Photo by © Mike Bowlin
1S Lynn Wyatt, from left, Bob Sakowitz and Joan Schnitzer Levy at the Emerald City ESCAPE Celebrity Serve Benefit April 2014 by Jeff Grass
13S1 Ava Delaney, Toto and Sandra Rhoden at the Emerald City ESCAPE Celebrity Serve Benefit April 2014
4S Deborah Duncan, from left, Tom Koch, Jan Carson and Tim Connolly at the Emerald City ESCAPE Celebrity Serve Benefit April 2014
3S Carel Stith, from left, Bonnie Hellums, David Dewhurst, Lidya Osadchey and Gerald Franklin at the Emerald City ESCAPE Celebrity Serve Benefit April 2014
6S Scott and Moriah Talley, from left, Reuven Hollo and Dawn Forsmith at the Emerald City ESCAPE Celebrity Serve Benefit April 2014
2S John and Martha Kiani, from left, Dennis and Vicki Price and Jennifer and Michael Mineo at the Emerald City ESCAPE Celebrity Serve Benefit April 2014
12S Diane Lokey Farb, from left, Frann Lichtenstein, Joan Schnitzer Levy and Janet Gurwitch at the Emerald City ESCAPE Celebrity Serve Benefit April 2014
13S Todd Ramos, from left, with Steve and Sandra Rhoden at the Emerald City ESCAPE Celebrity Serve Benefit April 2014
5S Connie and John Schhieder, from left, Peggy and Kerry Mazoch, Marcy de Luna and Courtney Zubowski-Haas at the Emerald City ESCAPE Celebrity Serve Benefit April 2014
11S Lauren Finkelstein, from left, Shawnda McNeal, Atom Smasher and Chad Pitt at the Emerald City ESCAPE Celebrity Serve Benefit April 2014
11S Chad Pitt and Lauren Finkelstein at the Emerald City ESCAPE Celebrity Serve Benefit April 2014
9S Kim Padgett and Edward Sanchez at the Emerald City ESCAPE Celebrity Serve Benefit April 2014
8S The crowd at Tony's at the Emerald City ESCAPE Celebrity Serve Benefit April 2014
7S Bill Sherrill and Dene Hofheinz Anton at the Emerald City ESCAPE Celebrity Serve Benefit April 2014 by Mike Bowlin

Those who attended ESCAPE Family Resource Center's "Emerald City . . . There's No Place Like Home" dinner at Tony's on Sunday night will probably never again think of the restaurant in the same way. What with wicked and good witches, wizards and several Dorothys cavorting through, this social Xanadu morphed into a rollicking land of Oz.

The 33rd annual celebrity waiter dinner was chaired, as has been tradition throughout, by Joan Schnitzer-Levy and Gerald Franklin and brought in $320,000 for the center's efforts at preventing child abuse and neglect.

While the chairs played it straight, many of the 300 guests abided the dress code that called for "Emerald Green" or "Anything Oz." Consider Judge Bonnie Hellums who arrived as Glinda the Good while her husband, family law attorney and former NFL linebacker Carel Stith, came as the scarecrow. Releasing their inner wicked witches were foodie radio host Cleverley Stone and Mix 96.5 afternoon host Chad Pitt.

Rounding up more than 30 celebrity servers was celeb chair and ESCAPE board member Kim Padgett. Her crew included astronaut Walt Cunningham, Lynn Wyatt, KHOU Channel 11 sports anchor Bob Allen, KPRC radio host Michael Garfield, KTRK Channel 13 reports Miya Shay and Sonia Azad, stylist Todd Ramos, 95.7 FM morning show hosts Sarah Pepper, P.K. and Ivan make-up artist Edward Sanchez as a very convincing wizard.

More than 30 celebrity servers squeezed those dollars from the pockets of dinner guests including Irvin Levy, Melissa and Doug Schnitzer, Janet Gurwitch and Ron Franklin, Regina Rogers, Frann Lichtenstein, Julie and Stephen Durham, Peggy and Kerry Mazoch, Sandra and Steve Rhoden and ESCAPE board chair Dennis Price.

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