Moms Night Out

Rainbow coalition of outstanding Houston women celebrated at international soiree

Rainbow coalition of outstanding women honored at international soiree

International Mother's Day Soiree May 2015 Honoree Ann Marie Carrizales with daughter
Honoree Ann Marie Carrizales with her daughter, Mikayla. Photo by Sonya Abid
News, Shelby, International Mothers Day, May 2015 Alex Blair, Alice Blair
Alex Blair, left, and daughter Alice Blair. Photo by Sonya Abid
International Mother's Day Soiree May 2015 Emcee Andy Cerota and Ruchi Mukherjee
Emcee Andy Cerota and founder Ruchi Mukherjee. Photo by Sonya Abid
International Mother's Day Soiree May 2015 Thamer Kay Favor, Nicole O'Brian Lassiter, Debbie Festari
Miss Houston 2015 Thamer Kay Favor, from left, Nicole O'Brian Lassiter and Debbie Festari. Photo by Sonya Abid
News, Shelby, Interntional Mothers Day, May 2015 Andy Cerota, Neal Hamil, Rene Garza, Dr.Bridgitte Shen Lee
Andy Cerota, from left, Neal Hamil, Rene Garza nd Dr. Bridgitte Shen Lee. Photo by Sonya Abid
International Mother's Day Soiree May 2015 Honoree Maha Rasheed Khan
Honoree Maha Rasheed Khan. Photo by Sonya Abid
International Mother's Day Soiree May 2015 Sharron Melton and Clarease Yates
Sharron Melton and Judge Clarease Yates. Photo by Sonya Abid
International Mother's Day Soiree May 2015 William Kennerly, Michael Pearce and Magen Pastor
William Kennerly, from left, Michael Pearce and Magen Pastor. Photo by Sonya Abid
International Mother's Day Soiree May 2015 Theresa Roemer, Matt Burrus, Katya Dow
Theresa Roemer, from left, Matt Burrus and Katya Dow. Photo by Sonya Abid
International Mother's Day Soiree May 2015 Jeff Shell and Rudy Festari
Jeff Shell and Rudy Festari. Photo by Sonya Abid
International Mother's Day Soiree May 2015 Honoree Ann Marie Carrizales with daughter
News, Shelby, International Mothers Day, May 2015 Alex Blair, Alice Blair
International Mother's Day Soiree May 2015 Emcee Andy Cerota and Ruchi Mukherjee
International Mother's Day Soiree May 2015 Thamer Kay Favor, Nicole O'Brian Lassiter, Debbie Festari
News, Shelby, Interntional Mothers Day, May 2015 Andy Cerota, Neal Hamil, Rene Garza, Dr.Bridgitte Shen Lee
International Mother's Day Soiree May 2015 Honoree Maha Rasheed Khan
International Mother's Day Soiree May 2015 Sharron Melton and Clarease Yates
International Mother's Day Soiree May 2015 William Kennerly, Michael Pearce and Magen Pastor
International Mother's Day Soiree May 2015 Theresa Roemer, Matt Burrus, Katya Dow
International Mother's Day Soiree May 2015 Jeff Shell and Rudy Festari

Several days before the actual Mothers Day, a coterie of Houston women from varied nationalities took bows at the JW Marriott Houston Downtown as stars of the third annual International Mother's Day Soirée. Not only did the 16 women represent a United Nations of cultures, but they also represented a cross-section of careers and roles.

The one role that the diverse group had in common was motherhood.

Founder and host of the event Ruchi Mukherjee, an Indian immigrant and society journalist (Lights, Camera, Action), recalled the familiar phrase, "To empower a woman is to empower a nation" in honoring the women of accomplishment. They ranged from a Stafford police officer to a television news anchor to community leaders.

While KPRC Channel 2 newsman Andy Cerota served as emcee  presenting the honorees, it was Sudhoff's Neal Hamil who praised Mukherjee for her efforts saying, "This International  Mothers' Day soiree is truly remarkable as it creates a strong sense of community. This event is unique as mothers from different religious and cultural backgrounds walk the ramp showcasing their individuality."

Walking the runway and receiving warm applause were Ann Marie Zarrizales, Melinda Spaulding, Connie Kwan-Wong, Debbie Festari, Shefali Tejani, Roseann Rogers, Donae Chramosta, Nancy Almodovar, Dr. Bridgitte Shen Lee, Jerri Moore, Debbie Pakzaban, Kim Padgett, Runsi Sen, Stephanie Von Stein, Rania Mankarious and Maha Rasheed Khan.

A special treat for all involved was the mayoral proclamation declaring it "Lights, Camera, Action International Mothers Day" in Houston.

Applauding the celebrated moms were Michael Pearce and Matt Burrus, Vicki Rizzo, Judge Clarease Yates, Rob Todd, Sonia Soto, Girija and Anant Patel, Marty McVey, Toni and Howard Tate, Neelofur Ahamad and Farida Abjani.

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