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International moms, including Dominque Sachse in a gilded sari, are honored at soiree

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3 Mehrnaz Gill, from left, Toni Tate, Ruchi Mukherjee and Rekha Muddaraj at the International Mother's Day Soiree May 2014
Mehrnaz Gill, from left, Toni Tate, Ruchi Mukherjee and Rekha Muddaraj. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Nick Florescu, Dominique Sachse, Neiman Marcus, April 2014
Nick Florescu and Dominique Sachse. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
8 Lily Jung, from left, Marcy de Luna and Chau Nguyen at the International Mother's Day Soiree May 2014
Lily Jung, from left, Marcy de Luna and Chau Nguyen. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
9 Adam and Letisia Henderson at the International Mother's Day Soiree May 2014
Adam and Letisia Henderson. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
7 Leisa Holland-Nelson and Robert Davenport at the International Mother's Day Soiree May 2014
Leisa Holland-Nelson and Robert Davenport. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
6 Lori Freese, from left, David Peck and Laura Max Nelson at the International Mother's Day Soiree May 2014
Lori Freese, from left, David Peck and Laura Max Nelson. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
4 Alexander Akle, from left, Miriam Habib and Karina Barbieri at the International Mother's Day Soiree May 2014
Alexander Akle, from left, Miriam Habib and Karina Barbieri. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
1 Sandi Ramirez, left, and Ursaline Hamilton at the International Mother's Day Soiree May 2014
Sandi Ramirez, left, and Ursaline Hamilton. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
22 Elaine Hale, from left, Alex Martinez and Alex Blair at the International Mother's Day Soiree May 2014
Elaine Hale, from left, Alex Martinez and Alex Blair. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
17 Lauren White and Amir Taghi at the International Mother's Day Soiree May 2014
Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
15 Grum Jivani Gillani, left, and Rishma Mohamed at the International Mother's Day Soiree May 2014
Grum Jivani Gillani, left, and Rishma Mohamed. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
12 Sippi Khurana, left, and Savreet Singh at the International Mother's Day Soiree May 2014
Sippi Khurana, left, and Savreet Singh. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
14 Sabeen Syed, left, and Zehra Abbas at the International Mother's Day Soiree May 2014
Sabeen Syed, left, and Zehra Abbas. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
13 Swati Narayan, from left, and Ayeez and Shelena Lalji at the International Mother's Day Soiree May 2014
Swati Narayan, from left, and Ayeez and Shelena Lalji. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Mother's Day Soiree, Neiman Marcus, Shelby Hodge, Jared Lang, April 2014
Special guests and award presenters Shelby Hodge and Jared Lang. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
16 Komal Oberoi, from left, Noor Oberoi, Gabriella Dror and Nidhika Mehta at the International Mother's Day Soiree May 2014
Komal Oberoi, from left, Noor Oberoi, Gabriella Dror and Nidhika Mehta. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
18 Jacqueline Baly, left, and Mandy Kao at the International Mother's Day Soiree May 2014
Jacqueline Baly, left, and Mandy Kao. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
20 Christine Zhoo, from left, Gurur Denktas, Katya Dow and Connie Kwan-Wong at the International Mother's Day Soiree May 2014
Christine Zhoo, from left, Gurur Denktas, Katya Dow and Connie Kwan-Wong. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
3 Mehrnaz Gill, from left, Toni Tate, Ruchi Mukherjee and Rekha Muddaraj at the International Mother's Day Soiree May 2014
Nick Florescu, Dominique Sachse, Neiman Marcus, April 2014
8 Lily Jung, from left, Marcy de Luna and Chau Nguyen at the International Mother's Day Soiree May 2014
9 Adam and Letisia Henderson at the International Mother's Day Soiree May 2014
7 Leisa Holland-Nelson and Robert Davenport at the International Mother's Day Soiree May 2014
6 Lori Freese, from left, David Peck and Laura Max Nelson at the International Mother's Day Soiree May 2014
4 Alexander Akle, from left, Miriam Habib and Karina Barbieri at the International Mother's Day Soiree May 2014
1 Sandi Ramirez, left, and Ursaline Hamilton at the International Mother's Day Soiree May 2014
22 Elaine Hale, from left, Alex Martinez and Alex Blair at the International Mother's Day Soiree May 2014
17 Lauren White and Amir Taghi at the International Mother's Day Soiree May 2014
15 Grum Jivani Gillani, left, and Rishma Mohamed at the International Mother's Day Soiree May 2014
12 Sippi Khurana, left, and Savreet Singh at the International Mother's Day Soiree May 2014
14 Sabeen Syed, left, and Zehra Abbas at the International Mother's Day Soiree May 2014
13 Swati Narayan, from left, and Ayeez and Shelena Lalji at the International Mother's Day Soiree May 2014
Mother's Day Soiree, Neiman Marcus, Shelby Hodge, Jared Lang, April 2014
16 Komal Oberoi, from left, Noor Oberoi, Gabriella Dror and Nidhika Mehta at the International Mother's Day Soiree May 2014
18 Jacqueline Baly, left, and Mandy Kao at the International Mother's Day Soiree May 2014
20 Christine Zhoo, from left, Gurur Denktas, Katya Dow and Connie Kwan-Wong at the International Mother's Day Soiree May 2014

With 90 languages spoken across the city, 92 consular offices in Houston and the international mix shopping in the Galleria on any given Saturday, Houston's dramatically diverse population comes as no surprise. So it is only fitting that among the many celebrations of the city's varied ethnic and cultural backgrounds, one should be devoted this week to a broad range of mothers.

The second annual International Mothers' Day Soirée took place Friday night at Neiman Marcus in the Galleria, where a sellout crowd of several hundred turned out to salute a dozen mothers representing that broad cross section of nationalities. Soirée founder and Lights, Camera Action media force Ruchi Mukherjee welcomed the diverse gathering along with event chairs Gabriela Dror and Simran Rihal. The evening benefited the Tahirih Justice Center, which supports immigrant women and girls who are exposed to violence against them.

Fox 26's morning anchor Rita Garcia introduced the honorees, who were presented plaques and flowers by special guests Jared Lang and this writer.

Applauded as they walked the runway were the honorees, many in national dress, Alex Blair, Chau Nguyen Todd, Dr. Huma Nawab Haider, Katie Walthall Mehnert, Mehrnaz Gill, Miriam Habib, Miya Shay, Rekha Muddaraj, Toni Tate, Ursaline Hamilton, Dr. Vanitha Pothuri and the showstopper Dominique Sachse, KPRC Channel 2 news anchor, wearing a custom sari that had guests cheering.

Paying tribute to the honored moms were Nick Florescu, Leisa Holland-Nelson and Robert Davenport, Sue Habib, Laura Max Nelson, Cindi Harwood Rose and Dr. Franklin Rose, Dr. Yasmine Haddad, Nidhika Mehta, Bain Pearson, Donatella Benckenstein, Alex Martinez, David Arpin, David Peck, Amir Taghi and Astley Blair.

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