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Best friends honor influential Houstonians and top Texans at Operation Smile gala

Best friends honor influential Houstonians at Operation Smile gala

Operation Smile Gala 2015 Marc Nguyen, Duyen Nguyen, Ajay Khurana, Dr. Sippi Khurana, Jenny Myers, Chris Myers (ALL HONOREES)
Honorees Marc Nguyen, from left, Duyen Nguyen, Ajay Khurana, Dr. Sippi Khurana, Jenny Myers and Chris Myers. Photo by Quy Tran
Operation Smile Gala 2015 Bridgette Lee, Mandy Kao and Miya Shay
Bridgette Lee, from left, Mandy Kao and Miya Shay. Photo by Quy Tran
Operation Smile Gala 2015 Brigette and Bashar Kalai
Brigette and Bashar Kalai. Photo by Quy Tran
Operation Smile Gala 2015 Sneha and Nick Merchant
Sneha and Nick Merchant. Photo by Quy Tran
Operation Smile Gala 2015 Dane Hoang and Viet Hoang (co-chairs)
Co-chairs Dr. Dane Hoang of Dallas and Yellow Weekly publisher Viet Hoang. Photo by Quy Tran
Operation Smile Gala 2015 Issa Chou, Diana Sun, William Kao, Mandy Kao, Gina Li
Issa Chou, from left, Diana Sun, William Kao, Mandy Kao and Gina Li. Photo by Quy Tran
Operation Smile Gala 2015 Karina Barbieri
Karina Barbieri. Photo by Quy Tran
Operation Smile Gala 2015 Phuc Vuong, Britney Hoang, Dr. Patty La, Thi Nguyen, Dr. Alice Mao Brahms
Phuc Vuong, from left, Britney Hoang, Dr. Patty La, Thi Nguyen and Dr. Alice Mao Brahms. Photo by Quy Tran
Operation Smile Gala 2015 Steve and Kristen McDaniel
Steve and Kristen McDaniel. Photo by Quy Tran
Operation Smile Gala 2015 Layla Asgari and Laith Mahmood
Layla Asgari and Laith Mahmood. Photo by Quy Tran
Operation Smile Gala 2015 Anika Jackson, Michael Pearce, Bonnie Bowes
Anika Jackson, from left, Michael Pearce and Bonnie Bowes. Photo by Quy Tran
Operation Smile Gala 2015 Scott and CC Ensell
Scott and CC Ensell. Photo by Quy Tran
Operation Smile Gala 2015 teddy bear raise
Teddy bears were used to encourage bidding during the raise. Photo by Quy Tran
Operation Smile Gala 2015 Marc Nguyen, Duyen Nguyen, Ajay Khurana, Dr. Sippi Khurana, Jenny Myers, Chris Myers (ALL HONOREES)
Operation Smile Gala 2015 Bridgette Lee, Mandy Kao and Miya Shay
Operation Smile Gala 2015 Brigette and Bashar Kalai
Operation Smile Gala 2015 Sneha and Nick Merchant
Operation Smile Gala 2015 Dane Hoang and Viet Hoang (co-chairs)
Operation Smile Gala 2015 Issa Chou, Diana Sun, William Kao, Mandy Kao, Gina Li
Operation Smile Gala 2015 Karina Barbieri
Operation Smile Gala 2015 Phuc Vuong, Britney Hoang, Dr. Patty La, Thi Nguyen, Dr. Alice Mao Brahms
Operation Smile Gala 2015 Steve and Kristen McDaniel
Operation Smile Gala 2015 Layla Asgari and Laith Mahmood
Operation Smile Gala 2015 Anika Jackson, Michael Pearce, Bonnie Bowes
Operation Smile Gala 2015 Scott and CC Ensell
Operation Smile Gala 2015 teddy bear raise

What: Operation Smile's second Houston gala.

Where: Hotel ZaZa.

The 411: Dallas area pediatric dentist Dr. Dane Hoang and Yellow Magazine publisher Viet Hoang joined forces to chair the event that raised $150,000 for the national organization that provides cleft palate and other facial surgeries for children worldwide.

The two best friends were able to draw an impressive coterie of supporters as they honored Houston Texan Chris Myers and wife Jenny, Drs. Duyen and Marc Nguyen, both dentists, rheumatologist Dr. Sipi Khurana and investment banker Ajay Khurana.

Who: Bridgette Lee, Issa Chou, Mandy Kao, Brigette and Bashar Kalai, Miya Shay, Kristen and Steve McDaniel, Layla Asgari, Diana Sun, Laith Mahmood, Sneha and Nick Merchant, Ryan Korsgard, Jonathan Hansen, Anika Jackson and Michael Pearce.