This Luncheon Sizzles

Red hot fashion, tequila shots and sexy beefcake rock Latin power lunch for a good cause

Red hot fashion, tequila shots & sexy beefcake rock Latin power lunch

Houston, News, Shelby, Latin Women's Initiative, May 2015, Carmina Zamorano, Juan Carlos Obando, Cyndy Garza Roberts, Rosi Hernandez
Luncheon chair Carmina Zamorano, from left, Juan Carlos Obando, Cyndy Garza Roberts and Rosi Hernandez. Photo by Kim Coffman
Houston, News, Shelby, Latin Women's Initiative, May 2015, Lucia and Michael Cordua
Lucia and Michael Cordua, luncheon emcee. Photo by Kim Coffman
Houston, News, Shelby, Latin Women's Initiative, May 2015, Mari Tere Perusquia Anamaria Arboleda, Gloria Nasr
Mari Tere Perusquia, from left, Anamaria Arboleda and Gloria Nasr. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Houston, News, Shelby, Latin Women's Initiative, May 2015, Amy Miller, Hilda Curran, Vanessa Rodriguez
Amy Miller, from left, Hilda Curran and Vanessa Rodriguez. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Houston, News, Shelby, Latin Women's Initiative, May 2015, Sofia Adrogue, Erica Rossman
Sofia Adrogué, left, and Jessica Rossman. Photo by Kim Coffman
Houston, News, Shelby, Latin Women's Initiative, May 2015, Monica Gonzalez Soto, Marlyn Greiner, Elva Flores
Monica Gonzalez Soto, from left, Marlyn Greiner and Elva Flores. Photo by Kim Coffman
Houston, News, Shelby, Latin Women's Initiative, May 2015, Fady Armanious, Kelley Lubanko
Fady Armanious and Kelley Lubanko. Photo by Kim Coffman
Houston, News, Shelby, Latin Women's Initiative, May 2015, Jessica Willey, Ilona Carson, Karla Barguiarena
Jessica Willey, from left, Ilona Carson and Karla Barguiarena. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Houston, News, Shelby, Latin Women's Initiative, May 2015, Daisey Mendoza, Chree Boydstun, Sally Lechin
Daisey Mendoza, from left, Chree Boydstun and Sally Lechin. Photo by Kim Coffman
Houston, News, Shelby, Latin Women's Initiative, May 2015, tequila toast
Juan Carlos Obando and two models join in the tequila toast. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Houston, News, Shelby, Latin Women's Initiative, May 2015, Winell Herron, Regina Garcia
Winell Herron, left, and Regina Garcia. Photo by Kim Coffman
News, Shelby, Children's Assessment Center luncheon, May 2015, Ruchi Mukerjee
Ruchi Mukherjee and Nicole O'Brian Lassiter. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Houston, News, Shelby, Latin Women's Initiative, May 2015, Gloria Bounds, Mary Luna, Mandy Snyder
Gloria Bounds, from left, Mary Luna and Mandy Snyder. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
News, Shelby, Latin Women's Initiative luncheon, May 2015, Barry Mandel, Chree Boydston
Barry Mandel and Chree Boydston. Photo by Kim Coffman
Houston, News, Shelby, Latin Women's Initiative, May 2015, Trini Mendenhall, Karen Winston, Gabriella Munoz
Trini Mendenhall, from left, Karen Winston and Gabriella Munoz. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Houston, News, Shelby, Latin Women's Initiative, May 2015, Carmina Zamorano, Rafael Chavez
Carmina Zamorano and Rafael Chavez. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Houston, News, Shelby, Latin Women's Initiative, May 2015, Cynthia Colbert, Lisa Uresti, Veronica Chapa, Angela Platsas
Cynthia Colbert, from left, Lisa Uresti, Veronica Chapa and Angela Platsas. Photo by Kim Coffman
Houston, News, Shelby, Latin Women's Initiative, May 2015, Carmina Zamorano, Juan Carlos Obando, Cyndy Garza Roberts, Rosi Hernandez
Houston, News, Shelby, Latin Women's Initiative, May 2015, Lucia and Michael Cordua
Houston, News, Shelby, Latin Women's Initiative, May 2015, Mari Tere Perusquia Anamaria Arboleda, Gloria Nasr
Houston, News, Shelby, Latin Women's Initiative, May 2015, Amy Miller, Hilda Curran, Vanessa Rodriguez
Houston, News, Shelby, Latin Women's Initiative, May 2015, Sofia Adrogue, Erica Rossman
Houston, News, Shelby, Latin Women's Initiative, May 2015, Monica Gonzalez Soto, Marlyn Greiner, Elva Flores
Houston, News, Shelby, Latin Women's Initiative, May 2015, Fady Armanious, Kelley Lubanko
Houston, News, Shelby, Latin Women's Initiative, May 2015, Jessica Willey, Ilona Carson, Karla Barguiarena
Houston, News, Shelby, Latin Women's Initiative, May 2015, Daisey Mendoza, Chree Boydstun, Sally Lechin
Houston, News, Shelby, Latin Women's Initiative, May 2015, tequila toast
Houston, News, Shelby, Latin Women's Initiative, May 2015, Winell Herron, Regina Garcia
News, Shelby, Children's Assessment Center luncheon, May 2015, Ruchi Mukerjee
Houston, News, Shelby, Latin Women's Initiative, May 2015, Gloria Bounds, Mary Luna, Mandy Snyder
News, Shelby, Latin Women's Initiative luncheon, May 2015, Barry Mandel, Chree Boydston
Houston, News, Shelby, Latin Women's Initiative, May 2015, Trini Mendenhall, Karen Winston, Gabriella Munoz
Houston, News, Shelby, Latin Women's Initiative, May 2015, Carmina Zamorano, Rafael Chavez
Houston, News, Shelby, Latin Women's Initiative, May 2015, Cynthia Colbert, Lisa Uresti, Veronica Chapa, Angela Platsas

Call it a Latin power lunch or a muy picante midday fete or whatever. But never doubt that the Latin Women's Initiative spring fashion show and luncheon is one rockin' party. And with the sizzling Carmina Zamorano as chair, Friday's event all but required seatbelts.

Close to 700 fashionistas and high-style caballeros filled the Hilton Americas-Houston ballroom but only after they had seared their credit cards in the marketplace which was filled with vendors that are seldom found at Houston events. SlimRitas helped fuel the shopping enthusiasm. It was the ideal setting to launch the Carmina Zamorano line of fine jewelry and, for the event, the chairwoman was decked in her namesake diamonds and emeralds.

Michael Cordua, the handsome restaurateur with the dreamy accent, emceed the luncheon and it took every bit of his forcefulness to settle the lively crowd. Luncheon leadership included LWI president Cyndy Garza Roberts, committee chair Rosi Hernandez, raffle chair Sally Lechín and marketplace chair Gloria Bounds. They succeeded in raising more than $250,000 for LWI charities.

Annual highlight of the luncheon is the Tootsies fashion presentation which this year featured designs from Juan Carlos Obando. The show included several shirtless six-pack wonders in bathing suits, eye candy that always inspires cat calls and whistles from the ladies. 

As the show finale, Obando and models were joined on the catwalk by LWI leadership for the traditional tequila toast, the firewater provided by Titanium Tequila.

The merry throng included Rafael Chavez, Trini Mendenhall, Jessica Rossman, Patty Herrera, Lucia Cordua, Ceron, Mary Tere Perusquia, Fady Armanious, Michele Leal, Hilda Curran, Susanna Brener de Stern, Nick Espinosa, Marianelly Noble, Karina Barbieri, Veronica Chapa and Leticia Fallick.

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