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Texans coach supports Crime Stoppers, Latin stars hit a local restaurant & designer shoes do good

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Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak and Crime Stoppers head Rania Mankarious at the annual luncheon. Photo by John Everett
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Barbara Van Postman, Margaret Williams and Kelli Cohen-Fein at the Medical Bridges gala kick-off at Saks Fifth Avenue. Photo by Michelle Watson/CatchlightGroup
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Miss Mexico Cynthia Duque Garza spotted at Americas. Cynthia Duque Garza/Facebook

Speaking within a mile or two of Reliant Stadium, Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak talked about the Texans' role in building community and the role of Crime Stoppers in keeping area neighborhoods safe when he addressed the annual Crime Stoppers of Houston luncheon at Hotel ZaZa.

The annual awards luncheon recognized three leaders in helping make the city safer. Judge Marc Carter was honored for his contributions to the criminal justice system, Andy Kahan of the Mayor's Crime Victims Office for his contributions to public safety and Kristi Schiller for K9s4COPS. She founded the non-profit that provides professional K-9 officers to a variety of law enforcement agencies.

More than 400 Crime Stoppers supporters turned out to applaud the honorees including executive director Rania Mankarious.

Late night at Americas

Just as David Cordúa and staff were closing up at Américas on Thursday night, a slew of Latin American celebs, hailing from Mexico City and points south, poured in at the popular River Oaks Shopping Center eatery. It was about face for the waitstaff and bartenders, who got the restaurant back up and running in less than 10 minutes. 

More than 60 Latino actors, divas and pageant beauties feasted on Américas finest — and didn't leave until legal closing time of 2 a.m. Among them were actors Julian Gil, Cynthia Lizeth and Hector Soberon along with Miss Mexico Cynthia Duque Garza

The group was in Houston to attend a benefit for the Latin Learning Center.

Before the summer exodus

Saks Fifth Avenue manager Bobby Dees welcomed a coterie of bold-face types to the designer shoe salon for a little pre-summer send-off focusing on the Oct. 5 Medical Bridges Gala. Chairs Dr. Kelli Cohen-Fein and Barbara Van Postman and honorary chair Margaret Williams circulated around the enticing displays of Louboutins, Lims and MiuMius as they greeted 80 guests.

Applause resounded for community honorees Kim and Mike Weill and for medical honoree Supply Chain Logistics, represented by Tina Hanson.

The party crowd included Medical Bridges executive director Dorothy Bolettier and founder Dr. Patricia Brock Howard.

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