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Marc Shapiro, from left, Molly Crownover, Dr. Dina al Sowayel and Tony Chase at the Interfaith Ministries Tapestry Gala May 2014
Marc Shapiro, from left, Molly Crownover, Dina al Sowayel and Tony Chase. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Kim Padgett, from left, Jennifer Roosth, Andrea White and Joann Crassas at the Interfaith Ministries Tapestry Gala May 2014
Kim Padgett, from left, Jennifer Roosth, Andrea White and Joann Crassas. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Bill King and Marie Goradia at the Interfaith Ministries Tapestry Gala May 2014
Bill King and Marie Goradia. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Todd Fiscus, left, and Ceron at the Interfaith Ministries Tapestry Gala May 2014
Todd Fiscus, left, and Cerón. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel at the Interfaith Ministries Tapestry Gala May 2014
Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Linda Gale White and Mark White at the Interfaith Ministries Tapestry Gala May 2014
Linda Gale White and Mark White. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Amin and Fatima Mawji, from left, and Jasmeeta and Bobby Singh at the Interfaith Ministries Tapestry Gala May 2014
Amin and Fatima Mawji, left, with Jasmeeta and Bobby Singh. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Sheila Hulme, from left, Molly Crownover and Nancy Allen at the Interfaith Ministries Tapestry Gala May 2014
Sheila Hulme, from left, Molly Crownover and Nancy Allen. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Lily and Charles Foster at the Interfaith Ministries Tapestry Gala May 2014
Lily and Charles Foster. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Jan Duncan, from left, Anne Mendelsohn and Regina Rogers at the Interfaith Ministries Tapestry Gala May 2014
Jan Duncan, from left, Anne Mendelsohn and Regina Rogers. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Ginger Blanton, from left, Dr. Michael Ahearn and Joyce Ahearn at the Interfaith Ministries Tapestry Gala May 2014
Ginger Blanton, left, with Dr. Michael Ahearn and Joyce Ahearn. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Anne and Dr. John Mendelsohn at the Interfaith Ministries Tapestry Gala May 2014
Anne and Dr. John Mendelsohn. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Marc Shapiro, from left, Molly Crownover, Dr. Dina al Sowayel and Tony Chase at the Interfaith Ministries Tapestry Gala May 2014
Kim Padgett, from left, Jennifer Roosth, Andrea White and Joann Crassas at the Interfaith Ministries Tapestry Gala May 2014
Bill King and Marie Goradia at the Interfaith Ministries Tapestry Gala May 2014
Todd Fiscus, left, and Ceron at the Interfaith Ministries Tapestry Gala May 2014
Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel at the Interfaith Ministries Tapestry Gala May 2014
Linda Gale White and Mark White at the Interfaith Ministries Tapestry Gala May 2014
Amin and Fatima Mawji, from left, and Jasmeeta and Bobby Singh at the Interfaith Ministries Tapestry Gala May 2014
Sheila Hulme, from left, Molly Crownover and Nancy Allen at the Interfaith Ministries Tapestry Gala May 2014
Lily and Charles Foster at the Interfaith Ministries Tapestry Gala May 2014
Jan Duncan, from left, Anne Mendelsohn and Regina Rogers at the Interfaith Ministries Tapestry Gala May 2014
Ginger Blanton, from left, Dr. Michael Ahearn and Joyce Ahearn at the Interfaith Ministries Tapestry Gala May 2014
Anne and Dr. John Mendelsohn at the Interfaith Ministries Tapestry Gala May 2014

What: Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston's sixth annual Tapestry Gala.

Where: The Royal Sonesta Hotel.

The 411: For many in the diverse gathering, the evening celebrating Houston's riches in various cultures, ethnicities and religions inspired not only an open-arm camaraderie but also a celebration of origins expressed in national dress. Headlining the evening were chairs Dina Al Sowayel and Tony Chase, Molly and Jim Crownover and Jeri and Marc Shapiro with Marie and Vijay Goradia serving as honorary chairs.

The fundraiser honored Anne and Dr. John Mendelsohn, the Tapestry Award presented to them by Andrea White. Board chairman Charles Foster welcomed the 500 guests, who were entertained by a variety of musical performances presented by Kenneth Gayle Productions, AMP'D Strings Quartet and Rodney Waters. KHOU Channel 11 news anchor Len Cannon served as emcee.

Who: Linda Gale and former Gov. Mark White, Jan Duncan, Lily Foster, Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel, Shaista and Shahzad Bashir, Ginger Blanton, Bill and Jo Breetz, Fred Zeidman, Arthur Schechter, Bill King, Regina Rogers, Ceron and Todd Fiscus, whose Todd Events handled ballroom decor.

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