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One of the last black-tie galas of the season honors a cancer-surviving local legend politician

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Jim Daniel, from left Margaret Alkek Williams and Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia at the CancerForward Gala May 2014
Jim Daniel, from left, Margaret Alkek Williams and gala chairs Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Millette and Haag Sherman at the CancerForward Gala May 2014
Gala chairs Millette and Haag Sherman. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Trey Velasco, from left, Ellen Cohen, Denise-Monteleone and Bill Hamilton at the CancerForward Gala May 2014
Trey Velasco, from left, honoree Ellen Cohen, Denise Monteleone and Bill Hamilton. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Robert and Donna Bruni, from left, and Ellie and Michael Francisco at the CancerForward Gala May 2014
Honorary chairs Bob and Donna Bruni,left, and Ellie and Michael Francisco. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Michelle and Alan Smith at the CancerForward Gala May 2014
Michelle and Alan Smith. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Lisa and David Lyon at the CancerForward Gala May 2014
Lisa and David Lyon. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Kristy and Chris Bradshaw at the CancerForward Gala May 2014
Kristy and Chris Bradshaw. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Keith and Shawntell McWilliams at the CancerForward Gala May 2014
Keith and Shawntell McWilliams. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Julie Oliver, left, and Katherine Murphy at the CancerForward Gala May 2014
Julie Oliver, left, and Katherine Murphy. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Alan and Luba Bigman at the CancerForward Gala May 2014
Alan and Luba Bigman. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Jason and Kristin Kaminsky, from left, and Meg and Preston Kamin at the CancerForward Gala May 2014
Jason and Kristin Kaminsky, left, with Meg and Preston Kamin. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Ian and Kathryn Fay at the CancerForward Gala May 2014
Ian and Kathryn Fay. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Fran Fawcett Peterson and Lary Barton at the CancerForward Gala May 2014
Fran Fawcett Peterson and Lary Barton. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Jim Daniel, from left Margaret Alkek Williams and Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia at the CancerForward Gala May 2014
Millette and Haag Sherman at the CancerForward Gala May 2014
Trey Velasco, from left, Ellen Cohen, Denise-Monteleone and Bill Hamilton at the CancerForward Gala May 2014
Robert and Donna Bruni, from left, and Ellie and Michael Francisco at the CancerForward Gala May 2014
Michelle and Alan Smith at the CancerForward Gala May 2014
Lisa and David Lyon at the CancerForward Gala May 2014
Kristy and Chris Bradshaw at the CancerForward Gala May 2014
Keith and Shawntell McWilliams at the CancerForward Gala May 2014
Julie Oliver, left, and Katherine Murphy at the CancerForward Gala May 2014
Alan and Luba Bigman at the CancerForward Gala May 2014
Jason and Kristin Kaminsky, from left, and Meg and Preston Kamin at the CancerForward Gala May 2014
Ian and Kathryn Fay at the CancerForward Gala May 2014
Fran Fawcett Peterson and Lary Barton at the CancerForward Gala May 2014

What: CancerForward's "The New Summer Standard."

Where: Houston Country Club.

The 411: Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia and Millette and Haag Sherman chaired the dinner dance that honored City Councilwoman Ellen Cohen, a 44-year cancer survivor and early sponsor of legislation to create the $3 billion Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas. Following the tribute to Cohen by Rabbi David Lyon and CancerForward founder Beth Moore, the elected official quipped, "I think I just heard my eulogy. Nice job, my friends." Serving as honorary chairs were Donna and Bob Bruni and Ellie and Michael Francisco.

On this night that raised a record $350,000, the Richard Brown Orchestra kept the dance floor packed with the sounds of its new soul and R&B sextet. 

Who: Among the 220 guests were Kristy and Chris Bradshaw, Michelle and Alan Smith, Cabrina and Steven Owsley, Lisa and Mike O'Leary, Ellie and Michael Francisco, Denise Monteleone, Kelli and Eddy Blanton, Kathryn and Ian Fay, Liz and Tom Glanville and New York-based fashion designer Bill Hamilton.

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