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CancerForward supporters raise $225,000 at Summer Standard gala as social season comes to close

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News Shelby CancerForward Michael Francisco, Ellie Francisco, Donna Bruni, Bob Bruni
Michael and Ellie Francisco with Donna and Bob Bruni at the CancerForward fundraiser. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
18 CancerForward Houston Gala May 2013 Stephanie Cockrell and Ernie Cockrell
Stephanie and Ernie Cockrell  at the CancerForward fundraiser. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
1 CancerForward Houston Gala May 2013 Alice Burguieres, Stephanie Harcrow, Jennifer Monteleone and Will Monteleone
Alice Burguieres, from left, Stephanie Harcrow and Jennifer and Will Monteleone at the CancerForward fundraiser. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
2 CancerForward Houston Gala May 2013 Brian Teichman and Andy Cordes
Brian Teichman, left, and Andy Cordes at the CancerForward fundraiser. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
7 CancerForward Houston Gala May 2013 Haag Sherman and Millette Sherman
Haag and Millette Sherman at the CancerForward fundraiser. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
3 CancerForward Houston Gala May 2013 Brittany Sakowitz, Kevin Kushner
Brittany Sakowitz and Kevin Kushner at the CancerForward fundraiser. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
13 CancerForward Houston Gala May 2013 Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniels
Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel at the CancerForward fundraiser. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
4 CancerForward Houston Gala May 2013 Christi Sullivan and Mark Sullivan
Christi and Mark Sullivan at the CancerForward fundraiser. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
21 CancerForward Houston Gala May 2013 Will Monteleone III, Denise Monteleone
Will Monteleone III and Denise Monteleone at the CancerForward fundraiser.  Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
14 CancerForward Houston Gala May 2013 Matt Johnson and Rosemarie Johnson
Matt and Rosemarie Johnson at the CancerForward fundraiser. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
17 CancerForward Houston Gala May 2013 Shawntell McWilliams and Keith McWilliams with Merele Yarborough
Shawntell and Keith McWilliams, left, with Merele Yarborough  at the CancerForward fundraiser. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
9 CancerForward Houston Gala May 2013 Jason Kaminsky, Anne Carl, Kenady Davis
Jason Kaminsky, from left, Anne Carl and Kenady Davis at the CancerForward fundraiser. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
19 CancerForward Houston Gala May 2013 Steve Mach and Joella Mach
Steve and Joella at the CancerForward fundraiser.Mach Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
16 CancerForward Houston Gala May 2013 Bobby Dees and Wezy Dees
Bobby and Wezy Dees at the CancerForward fundraiser. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
CancerForward Houston Gala May 2013 Jess Moore, Heather Bothe and Bo Bothe, Beth Sanders-Moore
Jess Moore, from left, Heather and Bo Bothe and Beth Sanders-Moore at the CancerForward fundraiser. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
12 CancerForward Houston Gala May 2013 Kristin Kaminsky, Kaylen Meserve, Meg Kamins, Allison Sample
Kristin Kaminsky, from left, Kaylen Meserve, Meg Kamins and Allison Sample at the CancerForward fundraiser. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
News Shelby CancerForward Michael Francisco, Ellie Francisco, Donna Bruni, Bob Bruni
18 CancerForward Houston Gala May 2013 Stephanie Cockrell and Ernie Cockrell
1 CancerForward Houston Gala May 2013 Alice Burguieres, Stephanie Harcrow, Jennifer Monteleone and Will Monteleone
2 CancerForward Houston Gala May 2013 Brian Teichman and Andy Cordes
7 CancerForward Houston Gala May 2013 Haag Sherman and Millette Sherman
3 CancerForward Houston Gala May 2013 Brittany Sakowitz, Kevin Kushner
13 CancerForward Houston Gala May 2013 Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniels
4 CancerForward Houston Gala May 2013 Christi Sullivan and Mark Sullivan
21 CancerForward Houston Gala May 2013 Will Monteleone III, Denise Monteleone
14 CancerForward Houston Gala May 2013 Matt Johnson and Rosemarie Johnson
17 CancerForward Houston Gala May 2013 Shawntell McWilliams and Keith McWilliams with Merele Yarborough
9 CancerForward Houston Gala May 2013 Jason Kaminsky, Anne Carl, Kenady Davis
19 CancerForward Houston Gala May 2013 Steve Mach and Joella Mach
16 CancerForward Houston Gala May 2013 Bobby Dees and Wezy Dees
CancerForward Houston Gala May 2013 Jess Moore, Heather Bothe and Bo Bothe, Beth Sanders-Moore
12 CancerForward Houston Gala May 2013 Kristin Kaminsky, Kaylen Meserve, Meg Kamins, Allison Sample

With only one more black-tie gala to follow, CancerForward's Summer Standard stood as something of the last big-night-out before the Memorial Day exodus and, with that, more than 200 guests poured in to Houston Country Club for the fundraiser. 

Donna and Bob Bruni and Ellie and Michael Francisco chaired the evening that honored breast cancer survivor Denise Monteleone and, in abstentia, Terry Zmyslo, former Saks Fifth Avenue GM now living in Florida. Monteleone's son Will gave a moving tribute to his mom while fashion designer Bill Hamilton, in from New York, spoke of Zmyslo and Saks' commitment to cancer research.

Joining the headliners were honorary chairs Lisa and Mike O'Leary and Liz and Robert Rigney and Tribute Committee chairs Estela and David Cockrell, Stephanie and Ernie Cockrell and Millette and Haag Sherman. Their evening added up to proceeds of $225,000.

Applauding the decor by Rebekah Johnson and dancing to the tunes of the Richard Brown Orchestra were Merele Yarborough, Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel, Louis Skidmore, Bethany Hughes, Tara and David Wuthrich, Harriet and Gil Gertner, Louis Skidmore Jr., Danielle and John Ellis, Beth Sanders Moore and Jess Moore.

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