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T. Boone Pickens jets into Houston as a star sports anchor, Lynn Wyatt & Olympians play waiters at Tony's

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9 ESCAPE Celebrity Waiter Dinner April 2013 Courtney Zubowski, Bob Allen, Chita Johnson
The KHOU team — Courtney Zubowski, from left, Bob Allen and Chita Johnson — serve at ESCAPE celebrity dinner at Tony's. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
5 ESCAPE Celebrity Waiter Dinner April 2013 Walt Cunningham, Lynn Wyatt, Gene Cernan
Walt Cunningham, from left, Lynn Wyatt and Gene Cernan at the ESCAPE celebrity dinner at Tony's. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
1 ESCAPE Celebrity Waiter Dinner April 2013 Joan Schnitzer Levy, Irvin Levy
Joan Schnitzer Levy and Irvin Levy at the ESCAPE celebrity dinner at Tony's. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
8 ESCAPE Celebrity Waiter Dinner April 2013 John Sheely, Violeta Sheely, Gerald Franklin
John and Violeta Sheely, left, with Gerald Franklin at the ESCAPE celebrity dinner at Tony's. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
11 ESCAPE Celebrity Waiter Dinner April 2013 Lee Majors, Faith Majors, Joni Brinker, T. Boone Pickens
Lee and Faith Majors, from left, Joni Brinker and T. Boone Pickens at the ESCAPE celebrity dinner at Tony's. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
15 ESCAPE Celebrity Waiter Dinner April 2013 Jonathan Bender, Edward Sanchez
Jonathan Bender, left, and Edward Sanchez at the ESCAPE celebrity dinner at Tony's. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
14 ESCAPE Celebrity Waiter Dinner April 2013 Mark Lopez, Diana Lopez
Mark and Diana Lopez at the ESCAPE celebrity dinner at Tony's. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
16 ESCAPE Celebrity Waiter Dinner April 2013 Kristi Schiller, John Schiller
Kristi and John Schiller at the ESCAPE celebrity dinner at Tony's. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
12 ESCAPE Celebrity Waiter Dinner April 2013 Lily Jang, Tom Koch, Katherine Whaley
Lily Jang, from left, Tom Koch and Katherine Whaley at the ESCAPE celebrity dinner at Tony's. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
10 ESCAPE Celebrity Waiter Dinner April 2013 Chris Taylor, Diane Lokey Farb, Devard Darling
Chris Taylor, from left, Diane Lokey Farb and Devard Darling at the ESCAPE celebrity dinner at Tony's. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
3 ESCAPE Celebrity Waiter Dinner April 2013 Denton Cooley, Louise Cooley, T. Boone Pickens
Dr. Denton and Louise Cooley, left, with T. Boone Pickens at the ESCAPE celebrity dinner at Tony's. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
7 ESCAPE Celebrity Waiter Dinner April 2013 Lara Bell, Roseann Rogers
Lara Bell, left, and Roseann Rogers at the ESCAPE celebrity dinner at Tony's. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
2 ESCAPE Celebrity Waiter Dinner April 2013 Ernie Manouse, Todd Ramos
Ernie Manouse, left, and Todd Ramos at the ESCAPE celebrity dinner at Tony's. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
4 ESCAPE Celebrity Waiter Dinner April 2013 Scott Gertner, Kim Padgett, Michael Garfield
Scott Gertner, from left, Kim Padgett and Michael Garfield at the ESCAPE celebrity dinner at Tony's. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
13 ESCAPE Celebrity Waiter Dinner April 2013 Vicki Price, Dennis Price
Vicki and Dennis Price at the ESCAPE celebrity dinner at Tony's. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
9 ESCAPE Celebrity Waiter Dinner April 2013 Courtney Zubowski, Bob Allen, Chita Johnson
5 ESCAPE Celebrity Waiter Dinner April 2013 Walt Cunningham, Lynn Wyatt, Gene Cernan
1 ESCAPE Celebrity Waiter Dinner April 2013 Joan Schnitzer Levy, Irvin Levy
8 ESCAPE Celebrity Waiter Dinner April 2013 John Sheely, Violeta Sheely, Gerald Franklin
11 ESCAPE Celebrity Waiter Dinner April 2013 Lee Majors, Faith Majors, Joni Brinker, T. Boone Pickens
15 ESCAPE Celebrity Waiter Dinner April 2013 Jonathan Bender, Edward Sanchez
14 ESCAPE Celebrity Waiter Dinner April 2013 Mark Lopez, Diana Lopez
16 ESCAPE Celebrity Waiter Dinner April 2013 Kristi Schiller, John Schiller
12 ESCAPE Celebrity Waiter Dinner April 2013 Lily Jang, Tom Koch, Katherine Whaley
10 ESCAPE Celebrity Waiter Dinner April 2013 Chris Taylor, Diane Lokey Farb, Devard Darling
3 ESCAPE Celebrity Waiter Dinner April 2013 Denton Cooley, Louise Cooley, T. Boone Pickens
7 ESCAPE Celebrity Waiter Dinner April 2013 Lara Bell, Roseann Rogers
2 ESCAPE Celebrity Waiter Dinner April 2013 Ernie Manouse, Todd Ramos
4 ESCAPE Celebrity Waiter Dinner April 2013 Scott Gertner, Kim Padgett, Michael Garfield
13 ESCAPE Celebrity Waiter Dinner April 2013 Vicki Price, Dennis Price

Ah, the mayhem that erupts when Joan Schnitzer-Levy corrals a few dozen of her friends to don aprons and wait tables in a star-studded effort to raise funds for ESCAPE Family Resource Center. Just look at Tony's on Sunday night when almost 300 diners poured in to be served by socialites, media personalities and politicos.

Headliner at the event, which always features some sort of special celeb, was legendary oilman T. Boone Pickens, who flew in from Dallas to join Joan and her co-chair Gerald Franklin in the playful dinner evening. Pickens was greeted by a gaggle of Oklahoma State University alumni singing the OSU Cowboy's fight song. They had bought a table in his honor.

Also enjoying his few minutes in the spotlight was John Schiller, ESCAPE executive committee member, just arrived from Las Vegas in time for dinner and presentation of a sparkler-laden birthday cake, a surprise from the Tony's team. Kristi Schiller joined in as the restaurant crowd warbled "Happy Birthday."

Regulars on the "Celebrity Serve" wait staff included Lynn Wyatt, new KHOU Channel 11 sports anchor Bob Allen, astronauts Walt Cunningham and Gene Cernan and Olympic medalists Mark Lopez and Diana Lopez

KTRK Channel 13 news anchor Tom Koch and HoustonPBS' Ernie Manouse served as auctioneers while a host of media personalities and fashion celebs joined in the food service fray. Included among them are KHOU's Courtney Zubowski (a scene-stealer in rainbow-hued locks, eyelashes and furry boots), Chita Johnson, Lily Jang and Katherine Whaley plus  KPRC's Andy Cerota, KTRK's Miya Shay, State Rep. Gene Wu, Roseann Rogers and Michael Garfield.

Contributing to the $285,000 earned on this night were guests Irvin Levy, Vicki and Dennis Price, Evelyn Franklin, Louise and Dr. Denton Cooley, Regina Rogers, Shara Fryer and Barry Silverman, Susan and David Morris, celebrity chair Kim Padgett and ESCAPE CEO Lidya Osadchey.

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