Viva Italia!

Angels, wings fluttering and halos polished, among the high notes at Mission of Yahweh lovefest

Winged angels among the high notes at Mission of Yahweh lovefest

Houston, Mission of Yahweh Gala, May 2015, Angels dancing
Angels show their devlish side at Mission of Yahweh gala. Photo by Kim Coffman
Houston, Mission of Yahweh Gala, May 2015, Michelle and Alan L. Smith, Millette and Haag Sherman, Kim and Dan Moody
Chairs Michelle and Alan L. Smith, from left, Millette and Haag Sherman and Kim and Dan Moody. Photo by Kim Coffman
Houston, Mission of Yahweh Gala, May 2015, Johnny and Rosie Carrabba, Randi and Johnny Carrabba
Johnny and Rose Carrabba, left, with Randi and Johnny Carrabba. Photo by Kim Coffman
Houston, Mission of Yahweh Gala, May 2015, Joanne King Herring and Bud Hagner
Bud Hagner and Joanne King Herring. Photo by Kim Coffman
Houston, Mission of Yahweh Gala, May 2015, Lu Caltagirone, Deborah Duncan
Lu Caltagirone, left, and Deborah Duncan. Photo by Kim Coffman
Houston, Mission of Yahweh Gala, May 2015, Alicia and Lance Smith
Lance and Alicia Smith. Photo by Kim Coffman
Houston, Mission of Yahweh Gala, May 2015, Janis and George Fleming, Warner Roberts, Cliff and Angie Roberts
Janis and George Fleming, from left, Warner Roberts and Cliff and Angie Roberts. Photo by Kim Coffman
Houston, Mission of Yahweh Gala, May 2015, Adele Hartland, Linda and Larry Martin
Adele Hartland, left, with Linda and Larry Martin. Photo by Kim Coffman
Houston, Mission of Yahweh Gala, May 2015, Kim and Dan Moody.
Kim and Dan Moody. Photo by Kim Coffman
Houston, Mission of Yahweh Gala, May 2015, Sarah Hartland, Karen and Lee Partridge, Monica Hartland Blaisdell
Sarah Hartland, from left, Karen and Lee Partridge and Monica Hartland Blaisdell. Photo by Kim Coffman
Houston, Mission of Yahweh Gala, May 2015, Donae and Rob Chramosta
Donae and Rob Chramosta. Photo by Kim Coffman
Houston, Mission of Yahweh Gala, May 2015, Kim Padgett
Kim Padgett. Photo by Kim Coffman
Houston, Mission of Yahweh Gala, May 2015, Haag and Millette Sherman
Haag and Millette Sherman. Photo by Kim Coffman
Houston, Mission of Yahweh Gala, May 2015, Michelle and Alan Smith
Alan and Michelle Smith. Photo by Kim Coffman
Houston, Mission of Yahweh Gala, May 2015, Angels dancing
Houston, Mission of Yahweh Gala, May 2015, Michelle and Alan L. Smith, Millette and Haag Sherman, Kim and Dan Moody
Houston, Mission of Yahweh Gala, May 2015, Johnny and Rosie Carrabba, Randi and Johnny Carrabba
Houston, Mission of Yahweh Gala, May 2015, Joanne King Herring and Bud Hagner
Houston, Mission of Yahweh Gala, May 2015, Lu Caltagirone, Deborah Duncan
Houston, Mission of Yahweh Gala, May 2015, Alicia and Lance Smith
Houston, Mission of Yahweh Gala, May 2015, Janis and George Fleming, Warner Roberts, Cliff and Angie Roberts
Houston, Mission of Yahweh Gala, May 2015, Adele Hartland, Linda and Larry Martin
Houston, Mission of Yahweh Gala, May 2015, Kim and Dan Moody.
Houston, Mission of Yahweh Gala, May 2015, Sarah Hartland, Karen and Lee Partridge, Monica Hartland Blaisdell
Houston, Mission of Yahweh Gala, May 2015, Donae and Rob Chramosta
Houston, Mission of Yahweh Gala, May 2015, Kim Padgett
Houston, Mission of Yahweh Gala, May 2015, Haag and Millette Sherman
Houston, Mission of Yahweh Gala, May 2015, Michelle and Alan Smith

It was a lovefest in the River Oaks Country Club ballroom when the Mission of Yahweh gala, "Heaven in Irresistible Italy," celebrated four leading ladies, one of whom earned a special serenade from Steve Tyrell.

The songman's aunt, Rose Carrabba, was one of three women receiving the Leaders & Legends Award. Tyrell, albeit via video, might have surprised the gathering of 400 with his tribute and singing "The Way You Look Tonight," but it was Johnny Carrabba who stole the show. His heartfelt words on his love and admiration for his mother brought the audience to its feet and filled everyone's eyes with tears.

Also receiving the Leaders & Legends Award were KHOU Channel 11 morning show host Deborah Duncan and Alicia Smith, founder of Innovative Legal Solutions. Joanne King Herring was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to her by George Strake. The Community Service Award was given to the Italian women's organization Donne di Domani, noted for 30 years making marinara sauce and selling it at The Nutcracker Market with proceeds always going to charity.

In a nod to the Italian theme, guests were gifted with jars of the sauce and the Richard Brown Orchestra performed Italian tunes throughout the gala.

Gala chairs Kim and Dan Moody, Millette and Haag Sherman and Michelle and Alan Smith led the event that brought in $500,000 for the shelter for homeless women and children. The efforts of auction chair Donae Chramosta added to the profits.

Applauding the rollicking "angels" that are a tradition with this event were Lu and Tom Caltigirone, Monica Blaisdell, Laurie and Reed Morian, Charlie Hartland, Angie and Cliff Roberts, Warner Roberts, Tracy and Randy Hale, Rob Chramosta, Randi Carrabba, Larry and Linda Martin and Mary and John Eads.