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Barbara Bush gets an $80,000 surprise at a stunning River Oaks mansion — as cocktails do good

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Terri Havens, from left, Barbara Bush and John Havens at the Celebration of Reading kick-off April 2014
Terri Havens, from left, Barbara Bush and John Havens. Photo by David Shutts
Paige Fertitta, from left, Karen Thompson, Maria Bush and Deanna Barton at the Celebration of Reading kick-off April 2014
Paige Fertitta, from left, Karen Thompson, Maria Bush and Deanna Barton. Photo by David Shutts
George and Annette Strake, from left, and Soraya and Scott McClelland at the Celebration of Reading kick-off April 2014
George and Annette Strake, left, with Soraya and Scott McClelland. Photo by David Shutts
Neil and Maria Bush, from left, Barbara Bush, P.C. Havens, Cathy and Rivie Cary, Terri and John Havens and Kim and Chuck Watson at the Celebration of Reading kick-off April 2014
Neil and Maria Bush, from left, Barbara Bush, P.C. Havens, Cathy and Rivie Cary, Terri and John Havens and Kim and Chuck Watson. Photo by David Shutts
Terri Havens, from left, Barbara Bush and John Havens at the Celebration of Reading kick-off April 2014
Paige Fertitta, from left, Karen Thompson, Maria Bush and Deanna Barton at the Celebration of Reading kick-off April 2014
George and Annette Strake, from left, and Soraya and Scott McClelland at the Celebration of Reading kick-off April 2014
Neil and Maria Bush, from left, Barbara Bush, P.C. Havens, Cathy and Rivie Cary, Terri and John Havens and Kim and Chuck Watson at the Celebration of Reading kick-off April 2014

There are few, if any, homes in River Oaks lovelier than the French-flavored abode of Terri and John Havens and the couple has been more than generous in sharing their chateau splendor with numerous non-profits. The most recent gathering was for sponsors of the Celebration of Reading, a cocktail gathering that held a special surprise for Barbara Bush.

It was, after all, the eve of the 20th anniversary of the literacy fundraiser, now chaired by Maria and Neil Bush, and the 25th anniversary of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

As guests including Annette and George Strake and Soraya and Scott McClelland mingled on the terrace on the beautiful spring night, the Havens and their friends Kim and Chuck Watson prepared their surprise — an $80,000 check for her literacy foundation.  The families presented the check to the former first lady in a brief ceremony that had the gathering cheering including Celebration of Reading presenting authors Eric Blehm and Christina Baker Kline.

Applauding this generous effort that helped move the fundraiser toward $3 million were Roxanne and Tim Neumann, Nathalie and Charles Roff, Kara and Ray Childress, Betty and John Hrncir, P.C. Havens, Sidney Faust, Rhonda and Michael Graff, Joanie and Don Haley, Cathy and Rivie Cary, Paige Fertitta, Karen Thompson and Deanna Barton.

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