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Tequila shots, sassy fashions and sexy hombres make for muy picante luncheon

Tequila shots, sassy fashions, sexy hombres make for muy picante event

Latin Women's Initiative luncheon 5/16, Taylor Hudgins, Meghan Lee, Tarek El-Bjeirmi, DeeAnn Thigpen
Taylor Hudgins, Meghan Lee, Tarek El-Bjeirmi, DeeAnn Thigpen. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Latin Women's Initiative luncheon 5/16, Cyndy Garza Roberts, Chree Boydston Marianelly Avendano Noble, Barbara Palacios, Sally Lechin
Marianelly Avendano Noble, Barbara Palacios, Sally Lechin. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Latin Women's Initiative luncheon 5/16,  Gaby Alvarez, Jonathan Barbieri, Claudia Labao.
Gaby Alvarez, Jonathan Barbara, Claudia Labao.  © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Latin Women's Initiative luncheon 5/16, Michael Cordua, Lucia Cordua
Michael Cordua, Lucia Cordua. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Latin Women's Initiative luncheon 5/16,Mary Tere Peresquia, Vesta Frommer, Patricia Griffith, Christiana Anderson
Mary Tere Peresquia, Vesta Frommer, Patricia Griffith, Christiana Anderson. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Latin Women's Initiative luncheon 5/16, Ileana Trevino, Mari Trevino
 Ileana Trevino, Mari Trevino . © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Latin Women's Initiative luncheon 5/16, Leah Little Hale, Ceron
Leah Little Hale, Ceron. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Latin Women's Initiative luncheon 5/16,  Ana Aiza, Gemma Joffroy, Marisol Leiva, Isabel Torres.
Ana Aiza, Gemma Joffroy, Marisol Leiva, Isabel Torres. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Latin Women's Initiative luncheon 5/16, Aga Kuplinska, Marina Tudela, Jennifer Roosth
Aga Kuplinska, Marina Tudela, Jennifer Roosth. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Latin Women's Initiative luncheon 5/16, Hallie Vanderhider, Lacey Dalcour Salas, Dancie Ware
Hallie Vanderhider, Lacey Dalcour Salas, Dancie Ware. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Latin Women's Initiative luncheon 5/16, Cindy Garza, Karina Barbieri, Ericka Bagwell
Cindy Garza, Karina Barbieri, Ericka Bagwell. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
Latin Women's Initiative luncheon 5/16, Taylor Hudgins, Meghan Lee, Tarek El-Bjeirmi, DeeAnn Thigpen
Latin Women's Initiative luncheon 5/16, Cyndy Garza Roberts, Chree Boydston Marianelly Avendano Noble, Barbara Palacios, Sally Lechin
Latin Women's Initiative luncheon 5/16,  Gaby Alvarez, Jonathan Barbieri, Claudia Labao.
Latin Women's Initiative luncheon 5/16, Michael Cordua, Lucia Cordua
Latin Women's Initiative luncheon 5/16,Mary Tere Peresquia, Vesta Frommer, Patricia Griffith, Christiana Anderson
Latin Women's Initiative luncheon 5/16, Ileana Trevino, Mari Trevino
Latin Women's Initiative luncheon 5/16, Leah Little Hale, Ceron
Latin Women's Initiative luncheon 5/16,  Ana Aiza, Gemma Joffroy, Marisol Leiva, Isabel Torres.
Latin Women's Initiative luncheon 5/16, Aga Kuplinska, Marina Tudela, Jennifer Roosth
Latin Women's Initiative luncheon 5/16, Hallie Vanderhider, Lacey Dalcour Salas, Dancie Ware
Latin Women's Initiative luncheon 5/16, Cindy Garza, Karina Barbieri, Ericka Bagwell

It might have been the 14th annual Latin Women's Initiative fashion show and luncheon but Friday's fundraiser, with a sellout crowd of more than 700, enjoyed every ounce of fiery enthusiasm that has maintained it as the best luncheon of the year for more than decade.

Of course, we measure "best" by the level of fervor and no other luncheon could top the energy that filled the Hilton Americas-Houston ballroom as well as the foyer where 30 carefully-curated vendors displayed their high-fashion wares.

As is the rule with this fundraiser, it is almost impossible to calm the gregarious crowd. But emcee Michael Cordúa and former Miss Universe Barbara Palacios finally managed, setting the stage for introduction of the charities that would divide the $250,000 raised.

The program (rather long for this feisty crowd) also included remarks from LWI president Cyndy Garza Roberts, luncheon chairs Sally Lechin and Marianelly Avendano Noble, and honorary chair Mary Tere Perusquia.

Tootsies presented the show of fashions from Alexis, represented by Jonathan Barbara in from Miami. An LWI fashion show would not be complete without a few Adonises wearing bathing suits. Friday was no exception. The additional tradition of toasts with tequila shots was once again observed. 

The colorful throng included Lucia Cordúa, Chree Boydstun, Danielle Ellis, Sofia Adrogué, Jessica Rossman, Edward Sanchez, Miya Shay, Ceron, Ericka Bagwell, Romy Lauren, Karina Barbieri, Joshua Espinedo, Patricia Griffith, Vesta Frommer, Laura Sweeney, Terek El-Bjeirmi, Jane Brennan-Martin, and Dimitrios Platsas.

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