Austin | Dallas | Houston
Shelby's Social Diary

James Bond and those sexy Bond girls raise a cool million, and then some, for JDRF

Enlarge
Slideshow
News_JDRF Promise Ball_Men on a Mission_April 2012_Samantha Kaufman
Samantha Kaufman Courtesy of Daniel Ortiz Photography
News_JDRF Promise Ball_Men on a Mission_April 2012_Sheena Easton
Sheena Easton Courtesy of Daniel Ortiz Photography
News_JDRF Promise Ball_Men on a Mission_April 2012_Porter Bretches_Clay Bretches_Jackson Fass_Rich Fass_Jake Williams_Kelly Williams
Porter Bretches, Clay Bretches, Jackson Fass, Rich Fass, Jake Williams, Kelly Williams Courtesy of Daniel Ortiz Photography
News_JDRF Promise Ball_Men on a Mission_April 2012_Lindsey Fridge_Buttercup
Lindsey Fridge Courtesy of Daniel Ortiz Photography
News_JDRF Promise Ball_Men on a Mission_April 2012_William Hagans_Tiffany Ellison
William Hagans, Tiffany Ellison Courtesy of Daniel Ortiz Photography
News_JDRF Promise Ball_Men on a Mission_April 2012_Paige Fass_Jackson Fass_Alden Fass_Richard Fass
Paige Fass, Jackson Fass, Richard Fass, Alden Fass Courtesy of Daniel Ortiz Photography
News_JDRF Promise Ball_Men on a Mission_April 2012_Stephanie Bazbaz_Seth Stolbun
Stephanie Bazbaz, Seth Stolbun Courtesy of Daniel Ortiz Photography
News_JDRF Promise Ball_Men on a Mission_April 2012_Sam Rothschild_Amanda Rothschild
Sam Rothschild, Amanda Rothschild Courtesy of Daniel Ortiz Photography
News_JDRF Promise Ball_Men on a Mission_April 2012_Kate Gose_Matt Naylor
Kate Gose, Matt Naylor Courtesy of Daniel Ortiz Photography
News_JDRF Promise Ball_Men on a Mission_April 2012_Nathan Joel Kasselder_Deborah Duncan
Nathan Joel Kasselder, Deborah Duncan Courtesy of Daniel Ortiz Photography
News_JDRF Promise Ball_Men on a Mission_April 2012_Rachel Regan_Tom Regan
Rachel Regan, Tom Regan Courtesy of Daniel Ortiz Photography
News_JDRF Promise Ball_Men on a Mission_April 2012_Elizabeth Vittor_Lucas Vittor_Jose Luis Vittor
Elizabeth Vittor, Lucas Vittor, Jose Luis Vittor Courtesy of Daniel Ortiz Photography
News_JDRF Promise Ball_Men on a Mission_April 2012_Darren Aklestead_Christine Aklestead
Darren Aklestead, Christine Aklestead Courtesy of Daniel Ortiz Photography
News_JDRF Promise Ball_Men on a Mission_April 2012_Monica Housmann
Monica Housmann Courtesy of Daniel Ortiz Photography
News_JDRF Promise Ball_Men on a Mission_April 2012_Samantha Kaufman
News_JDRF Promise Ball_Men on a Mission_April 2012_Sheena Easton
News_JDRF Promise Ball_Men on a Mission_April 2012_Porter Bretches_Clay Bretches_Jackson Fass_Rich Fass_Jake Williams_Kelly Williams
News_JDRF Promise Ball_Men on a Mission_April 2012_Lindsey Fridge_Buttercup
News_JDRF Promise Ball_Men on a Mission_April 2012_William Hagans_Tiffany Ellison
News_JDRF Promise Ball_Men on a Mission_April 2012_Paige Fass_Jackson Fass_Alden Fass_Richard Fass
News_JDRF Promise Ball_Men on a Mission_April 2012_Stephanie Bazbaz_Seth Stolbun
News_JDRF Promise Ball_Men on a Mission_April 2012_Sam Rothschild_Amanda Rothschild
News_JDRF Promise Ball_Men on a Mission_April 2012_Kate Gose_Matt Naylor
News_JDRF Promise Ball_Men on a Mission_April 2012_Nathan Joel Kasselder_Deborah Duncan
News_JDRF Promise Ball_Men on a Mission_April 2012_Rachel Regan_Tom Regan
News_JDRF Promise Ball_Men on a Mission_April 2012_Elizabeth Vittor_Lucas Vittor_Jose Luis Vittor
News_JDRF Promise Ball_Men on a Mission_April 2012_Darren Aklestead_Christine Aklestead
News_JDRF Promise Ball_Men on a Mission_April 2012_Monica Housmann

Talk about a grand entrance — that would Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation gala chairs Fred Hagans and son William Hagans, who arrived from behind stage at the Hilton Americas-Houston driving a spanking new silver Aston Martin. That was just the start to the James Bond-themed "Men on a Mission" Promise Ball that by night's end had earned $1.1 million for JDRF.

Embracing all things Bond, the Hagans arranged for guests to be greeted by a bevy of fetching Bond girls. When not drooling over the eye candy, JDRF supporters could hang in the sleek cocktail lounge settings and belly up to the martini bars.

 The fun began with Grammy Award-winning singer Sheena Easton, who included "For Your Eyes Only" in her boogie-inspired repertoire. And dance they did. 

Joining the Hagans in their dazzling moment on stage were honorees Kelly Williams, Richard Fass, Clay Bretches and their young sons. The men and the entire ballroom were on the mission to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes.

They were on their way to major funding before the night began but by the time the dust settled on the live auction and the Fund A Cure appeal, which combined brought in a whopping $600,000, total proceeds had jumped the $1 million mark.

And then the fun began with Grammy Award-winning singer Sheena Easton, who included "For Your Eyes Only" in her boogie-inspired repertoire. And dance they did.

Joining in the record fundraising evening were emcee Channel 11 KHOU personality Deborah Duncan, Rachel and Jason Volz, Rosalyn and Barry Margolis, Fielding Cocke, Kathryn and Jeff Smith, Andrea and Michael SoperElizabeth and Jose Luis Vittor and more than 750 others.

Newsletters for exploring your city

Daily Digest

Houston news, views + events

The Dining Report

News you can eat

Insider Offers

Curated experiences at exclusive prices

Promo Alerts

Special offers + exclusive deals

We will not share or sell your email address