Big Strides For Small Steps

Energy industry's rising stars show philanthropic side at 20th anniversary celebration of Small Steps

Energy industry's rising stars show philanthropic side at wine dinner

Small Steps Wine Classic, May 2015, Doug and Katherine George, Ana Schick, Leslie and Michael Fertitta
Doug and Katherine George, from left, Ana Schick, Leslie and Michael Fertitta. Photo by Chinh Phan
Small Steps Wine Classic, May 2015, Fred and Jessica Brazelton
Fred and Jessica Brazelton. Photo by Chinh Phan
Small Steps Wine Classic, May 2015,  Doug and Sarah Foshee
Doug and Sarah Foshee. Photo by Chinh Phan
Small Steps Wine Classic, May 2015, Dash and Mikey Lane
Dash and Mikey Lane. Photo by Chinh Phan
Small Steps Wine Classic, May 2015,  Jon and Merritt Marinelli
 Jon and Merritt Marinelli. Photo by Chinh Phan
Small Steps Wine Classic, May 2015, Boyd and Erin Heath
 Boyd and Erin Heath. Photo by Chinh Phan
Small Steps Wine Classic, May 2015, Amy and Hardy Murchison
Amy and Hardy Murchison. Photo by Chinh Phan
Small Steps Wine Classic, May 2015, Lorie and Steve Herod
Lorie and Steve Herod. Photo by Chinh Phan
Small Steps Wine Classic, May 2015, Christine and Chris Transier
Christine and Chris Transier. Photo by Chinh Phan
Small Steps Wine Classic, May 2015, Justin and Audrey Loweth
Justin and Audrey Loweth. Photo by Chinh Phan
Small Steps Wine Classic, May 2015, Vilma Mazaite
Vilma Mazaite, advanced sommelier and director of wine at laV  restaurant and wine bar in Austin. Photo by Chinh Phan
Small Steps Wine Classic, May 2015, Kathy and Mike Mattina
Kathy and Mike Mattina. Photo by Chinh Phan
Small Steps Wine Classic, May 2015, John and Julie Howie
John and Julie Howie. Photo by Chinh Phan
Small Steps Wine Classic, May 2015, decor
The party tent was a vision in white against the verdant forested background. Photo by Chinh Phan
Small Steps Wine Classic, May 2015, Doug and Katherine George, Ana Schick, Leslie and Michael Fertitta
Small Steps Wine Classic, May 2015, Fred and Jessica Brazelton
Small Steps Wine Classic, May 2015,  Doug and Sarah Foshee
Small Steps Wine Classic, May 2015, Dash and Mikey Lane
Small Steps Wine Classic, May 2015,  Jon and Merritt Marinelli
Small Steps Wine Classic, May 2015, Boyd and Erin Heath
Small Steps Wine Classic, May 2015, Amy and Hardy Murchison
Small Steps Wine Classic, May 2015, Lorie and Steve Herod
Small Steps Wine Classic, May 2015, Christine and Chris Transier
Small Steps Wine Classic, May 2015, Justin and Audrey Loweth
Small Steps Wine Classic, May 2015, Vilma Mazaite
Small Steps Wine Classic, May 2015, Kathy and Mike Mattina
Small Steps Wine Classic, May 2015, John and Julie Howie
Small Steps Wine Classic, May 2015, decor

Since its founding two decades ago, Small Steps Nurturing Center has captured the attention of the city's energy industry elite with members continually supporting the non-profit's annual golf tournament and the annual wine classic dinner.

Small Steps board president is Justin Loweth of Seneca Resources Corp. while vice president is Jerry Crews of EnergyQuest II and board secretary is Wynne Snoots of EnCap Investments. With the energy industry support and in spite of problematic prices in the oilfield, the evening raised more than $600,000 for the school that supports early education for at-risk children in the inner-city.

The sixth annual wine classic dinner was chaired by Leslie and Michael Fertitta of Hilcorp Energy Co. and Katherine and Doug George. Close to 550 guests joined the event in an open-sided tent located on the grounds of a private club adjacent to the Houston Polo Club. 

Taking bows on this evening were honorees Jessica and Fred Brazelton, long-time board members of the non-profit. 

The "French Farm" dinner theme featured four courses paired with appropriate wines that were discussed by Vilma Mazaite, advanced sommelier and director of wine at laV restaurant and wine bar in Austin.

The dinner crowd, dressed for a spring soirée, included Carolyn and David Light, Sarah and Doug Foshee, Amy and Wynne Snoots, Susan and David Light, Shelley and Lewis Brazelton, Liane and Marty Phillips, Kelli and John Weinzierl, Julie and John Howie and Kathleen and Townes Pressler.

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