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Astros owner Jim Crane and Franci Crane take bows at Center for Contemporary Craft benefit

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Center for Contemporary Craft luncheon May 2013 Carrin Patman, Paula Arnold and Sara Morgan
Chairs Carrin Patman, from left, Paula Arnold and Sara Morgan at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft luncheon. Photo by Kim Coffman
Center for Contemporary Craft luncheon May 2013 Franci Crane and Jim Crane
Honorees Franci and Jim Crane at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft luncheon. Photo by Kim Coffman
Center for Contemporary Craft luncheon May 2013 Betty Moody and Honoree, Clint Willour
Betty Moody and Clint Willour at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft luncheon. Photo by Kim Coffman
Center for Contemporary Craft luncheon May 2013 Rich Kinder and Nancy Kinder
Rich and Nancy Kinder at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft luncheon. Photo by Kim Coffman
Center for Contemporary Craft luncheon May 2013 Susan Krohn, Julie Farr, Mark Wawro, Melanie Gray, Gracie Cavnar
Susan Krohn, from left, Julie Farr, Mark Wawro, Melanie Gray and Gracie Cavnar at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft luncheon. Photo by Kim Coffman
Center for Contemporary Craft luncheon May 2013 Sanford Criner and Susie Criner
Sanford and Susie Criner at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft luncheon. Photo by Kim Coffman
Center for Contemporary Craft luncheon May 2013 Kimberly DeLape and Donae Chramosta
Kimberly DeLape, left, and Donae Chramosta at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft luncheon. Photo by Kim Coffman
Center for Contemporary Craft luncheon May 2013 Andrea White and Phyllis Childress
Andrea White, left, and Phyllis Childress at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft luncheon. Photo by Kim Coffman
Center for Contemporary Craft luncheon May 2013 John Guess Jr., Melanie Lawson and Brad Boucher
John Guess Jr., from left, Melanie Lawson and Brad Bucher at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft luncheon. Photo by Kim Coffman
Center for Contemporary Craft luncheon May 2013 Kathryn Rabinow and Sarah Pesikoff
Kathryn Rabinow, left, and Sarah Pesikoff at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft luncheon. Photo by Kim Coffman
Center for Contemporary Craft luncheon May 2013 Mady Kades and Barbara Paull
Mady Kades, left, and Barbara  Paull at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft luncheon. Photo by Kim Coffman
Center for Contemporary Craft luncheon May 2013 Robert Mullen, Tarina Frank, Jaydan Moore, Chanda Glendinning, Susannah Mira
Robert Mullen, from left, Tarina Frank, Jaydan Moore, Chanda Glendinning and Susannah Mira at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft luncheon. Photo by Kim Coffman
Center for Contemporary Craft luncheon May 2013 Carrin Patman, Paula Arnold and Sara Morgan
Center for Contemporary Craft luncheon May 2013 Franci Crane and Jim Crane
Center for Contemporary Craft luncheon May 2013 Betty Moody and Honoree, Clint Willour
Center for Contemporary Craft luncheon May 2013 Rich Kinder and Nancy Kinder
Center for Contemporary Craft luncheon May 2013 Susan Krohn, Julie Farr, Mark Wawro, Melanie Gray, Gracie Cavnar
Center for Contemporary Craft luncheon May 2013 Sanford Criner and Susie Criner
Center for Contemporary Craft luncheon May 2013 Kimberly DeLape and Donae Chramosta
Center for Contemporary Craft luncheon May 2013 Andrea White and Phyllis Childress
Center for Contemporary Craft luncheon May 2013 John Guess Jr., Melanie Lawson and Brad Boucher
Center for Contemporary Craft luncheon May 2013 Kathryn Rabinow and Sarah Pesikoff
Center for Contemporary Craft luncheon May 2013 Mady Kades and Barbara Paull
Center for Contemporary Craft luncheon May 2013 Robert Mullen, Tarina Frank, Jaydan Moore, Chanda Glendinning, Susannah Mira

Unbeknownst to Jim Crane, or at least according to his wife Franci Crane, the owner of the Houston Astros has been supporting the Houston Center for Contemprorary Craft for years — thanks to her frequenting the Asher Gallery where all manner of enticing craft items are sold. Such was the verbal fun at the center's annual luncheon held at River Oaks Country Club where the Cranes were honored for their widespread civic contributions.

The entertainment began early at this popular luncheon as guests perused the silent auction offerings — whimsical and serious jewelry, sculpture and objects created from vintage Louis Vuitton bags donated by silent auction chair Donae Chramosta. Each piece was crafted by artists who have exhibited at HCCC in recent years.

While the Cranes were introduced in a gentle roast and toast by their long-time friend Rich Kinder, Kinder Morgan chairman and CEO, HCCC executive director Julie Farr introduced Clint Willour, long-time curator of the Galveston Arts Center and art scene impressario, who was presented the Texas Master Award.

It was a good day for HCCC as $250,000 was raised, thanks to the efforts of chairs Sara Morgan, Carrin Patman and Paula Arnold, who is also HCCC board president.

Contributing to the luncheon's success were Phyllis Childress, Bobbie Nau, Melanie Gray and Mark Wawro, Gracie Cavnar, Clayton Erikson, Susie and Sanford Criner, Andrea White, Tricia Dewhurst, Nancy Kinder and Pat Breen.

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