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.