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Rockets' Clutch leads Nora's Home to $600,000 victory at Cabaret -style benefit

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Allison Jensen, from left, Clutch and Linda Strickland at Nora's Home Gala May 2014
Allison Jensen, from left, Clutch and Linda Strickland. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
Ellis Tudzin at Nora's Home Gala May 2014
Cabaret show girls put a big smile on Ellis Tudzin's face. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
Tom Barbour, from left, Paula Hern and Ellis Tudzin at Nora's Home Gala May 2014
Tom Barbour, from left, Paula Hern and Ellis Tudzin. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
Wally Perez, left, and Dr. Osama Gaber at Nora's Home Gala May 2014
Wally Perez, left, and Dr. Osama Gaber. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
Tom Barbour, from left, Dr. Osama Gaber and Paula Hern at Nora's Home Gala May 2014
Tom Barbour, from left, Dr. Osama Gaber and Paula Hern. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
Terry Pierce at Nora's Home Gala May 2014
Terry Pierce. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
Sarah and J.R. Brann, from left, and Jane and Jim Brann at Nora's Home Gala May 2014
Sarah and J.R. Brann, from left, and Jane and Jim Brann. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
Robert Boudwin, aka Rockets mascot Clutch, at Nora's Home Gala May 2014
Robert Boudwin, aka the Rockets' mascot, Clutch. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
Kayla Lehmann, left, and Paula Walter at Nora's Home Gala May 2014
Kayla Lehmann, left, and Paula Walter. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
Dan and Virginia Steppe at Nora's Home Gala May 2014
Dan and Virginia Steppe. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
Co chairs - (back) Kathleen and Pat Wood Front Row - Jennifer Hiser - Texas Children's Hospital and William Wood (Kidney transplant recipient) at Nora's Home Gala May 2014
Jennifer Hiser, from left, Kathleen Wood, William Wood and Pat Wood. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
Arshad and Shazma Matin at Nora's Home Gala May 2014
Arshad and Shazma Matin. Photo by © Daniel Ortiz
Allison Jensen, from left, Clutch and Linda Strickland at Nora's Home Gala May 2014
Ellis Tudzin at Nora's Home Gala May 2014
Tom Barbour, from left, Paula Hern and Ellis Tudzin at Nora's Home Gala May 2014
Wally Perez, left, and Dr. Osama Gaber at Nora's Home Gala May 2014
Tom Barbour, from left, Dr. Osama Gaber and Paula Hern at Nora's Home Gala May 2014
Terry Pierce at Nora's Home Gala May 2014
Sarah and J.R. Brann, from left, and Jane and Jim Brann at Nora's Home Gala May 2014
Robert Boudwin, aka Rockets mascot Clutch, at Nora's Home Gala May 2014
Kayla Lehmann, left, and Paula Walter at Nora's Home Gala May 2014
Dan and Virginia Steppe at Nora's Home Gala May 2014
Co chairs - (back) Kathleen and Pat Wood Front Row - Jennifer Hiser - Texas Children's Hospital and William Wood (Kidney transplant recipient) at Nora's Home Gala May 2014
Arshad and Shazma Matin at Nora's Home Gala May 2014

What: Nora's Home Cabaret-themed fundraiser.

Where: The Hilton Americas-Houston.

The 411: More than 650 partygoers joined Houston Rockets' Clutch, aka Robert Boudwin, who served as emcee for the event that raised $650,000 for the residence for organ transplant patients and their families. Kathleen and Pat Wood, Anne Whitlock and Michael Skelly. Honorees were Paula Hern and her husband, Tom Barbour, of the JLH Foundation. The couple created the foundation in memory of her father, John L. Hern, a heart transplant recipient.

Guests were entertained by fetching cabaret showgirls with cabaret style music that featured Terry Pierce and Jerry Atwood and a sing-along piano bar, sponsored by Iberia Bank.

Who: Drs. Lillian and Osama Gaber, Bridgette and Bashar Kalai, Kevin Rafferty, Linda and Jerry Strickland, Jane and Jim Brann, Sue Nan and Rod Custinger, Virginia and Dan Steppe, Paula Walters, Pat and Medor, Mary Lee and Jim Wallace and Nora's Home executive director Kayla Lehmann.

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