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Hunks in swimsuits, Slim Ritas, a sexy designer and shop til you drop fun make for one wild midday bash

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4 Lucinda Loya, left, and Erika Bagwell at the Latin Womens Initiative May 2014
Luncheon chairs Lucinda Loya, left, and Ericka Bagwell. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
19 Carol Alvarado, from left, Mariana Debes, Ceron, and Tiffany Smith at the Latin Womens Initiative May 2014
State Rep. Carol Alvarado, from left, Mariana Debes, Cerón and Tiffany Smith. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
15 Katherine Ross, from left, Tina Governale and Susie Jimenez at the Latin Womens Initiative May 2014
Katherine Ross, from left, Tina Governale and Susie Jimenez. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
3 Bee Dickson, from left, Father Flavio Bravo and Nora Kean at the Latin Womens Initiative May 2014
Bee Dickson, from left, Father Flavio Bravo, Nora Kean and an image of Father T.J. Martinez. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Latin Women's Initiative shopping, May 014
They shopped and shopped at the Latin Women's Initiative luncheon. Photo by Shelby Hodge
1 Cindy Garza Farmer, from left, Karina Barbieri and Carrie Colbert at the Latin Womens Initiative May 2014
Cindy Garza Farmer, from left, Karina Barbieri and Carrie Colbert. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
17 Anthony Yanez and Rosi Hernandez at the Latin Womens Initiative May 2014
Anthony Yanez and Rosi Hernandez. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
20 Lucia and Michael Cordua at the Latin Womens Initiative May 2014
Lucia and Michael Cordua. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
18 Sofia Adrogue, left, and Diana Davila Martinez at the Latin Womens Initiative May 2014
Sofia Adrogue, left, and Diana Davila Martinez. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
21 Philamena Baird, left, and Trini Mendenhall Sosa at the Latin Womens Initiative May 2014
Philamena Baird, left, and Trini Mendenhall. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
14 Fady Armanious, from left, Hannah McNair and Rene Ruiz at the Latin Womens Initiative May 2014
Fady Armanious, from left, Hannah McNair and Rene Ruiz. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
16 Cynthia Cisneros, left, and Sharron Melton at the Latin Womens Initiative May 2014
Cynthia Cisneros, left, and Sharron Melton. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
13 Luba Bigman, from left, Ursaline Hamilton and Stephanie Perkins at the Latin Womens Initiative May 2014
Luba Bigman, from left, Ursaline Hamilton and Stephanie Perkins. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
9 Jose Sanchez and Liz Glanville at the Latin Womens Initiative May 2014
Jose Sanchez and Liz Glanville. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
7 Estela Cockrell, left, and Elizabeth Petersen at the Latin Womens Initiative May 2014
Estela Cockrell, left, and Elizabeth Petersen. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
22 Jessica Rossman, from left, Edward Sanchez and Carolyn Farb at the Latin Womens Initiative May 2014
Jessica Rossman, from left, Edward Sanchez and Carolyn Farb. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
News, Shelby, Latin Women's Initiative, May 2014
Shopping was intense at the Latin Women's Initiative annual luncheon. Photo by Shelby Hodge
11 Alex Blair, from left, Alex Martinez, Cindi Rose and Ruchi Mukherjee at the Latin Womens Initiative May 2014
Alex Blair, from left, Alex Martinez, Cindi Rose and Ruchi Mukherjee. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
8 Cheree Boydstun, left, and Sally Lechin at the Latin Womens Initiative May 2014
Cheree Boydstun, left, and Sally Lechin. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
6 Nick Espinoza and Tiffany Halik at the Latin Womens Initiative May 2014
Nick Espinoza and Tiffany Halik. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
5 Marianelly Noble, left, and Kenya Navarro at the Latin Womens Initiative May 2014
Marianelly Noble, left, and Kenya Navarro. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
4 Lucinda Loya, left, and Erika Bagwell at the Latin Womens Initiative May 2014
19 Carol Alvarado, from left, Mariana Debes, Ceron, and Tiffany Smith at the Latin Womens Initiative May 2014
15 Katherine Ross, from left, Tina Governale and Susie Jimenez at the Latin Womens Initiative May 2014
3 Bee Dickson, from left, Father Flavio Bravo and Nora Kean at the Latin Womens Initiative May 2014
News, Shelby, Latin Women's Initiative shopping, May 014
1 Cindy Garza Farmer, from left, Karina Barbieri and Carrie Colbert at the Latin Womens Initiative May 2014
17 Anthony Yanez and Rosi Hernandez at the Latin Womens Initiative May 2014
20 Lucia and Michael Cordua at the Latin Womens Initiative May 2014
18 Sofia Adrogue, left, and Diana Davila Martinez at the Latin Womens Initiative May 2014
21 Philamena Baird, left, and Trini Mendenhall Sosa at the Latin Womens Initiative May 2014
14 Fady Armanious, from left, Hannah McNair and Rene Ruiz at the Latin Womens Initiative May 2014
16 Cynthia Cisneros, left, and Sharron Melton at the Latin Womens Initiative May 2014
13 Luba Bigman, from left, Ursaline Hamilton and Stephanie Perkins at the Latin Womens Initiative May 2014
9 Jose Sanchez and Liz Glanville at the Latin Womens Initiative May 2014
7 Estela Cockrell, left, and Elizabeth Petersen at the Latin Womens Initiative May 2014
22 Jessica Rossman, from left, Edward Sanchez and Carolyn Farb at the Latin Womens Initiative May 2014
News, Shelby, Latin Women's Initiative, May 2014
11 Alex Blair, from left, Alex Martinez, Cindi Rose and Ruchi Mukherjee at the Latin Womens Initiative May 2014
8 Cheree Boydstun, left, and Sally Lechin at the Latin Womens Initiative May 2014
6 Nick Espinoza and Tiffany Halik at the Latin Womens Initiative May 2014
5 Marianelly Noble, left, and Kenya Navarro at the Latin Womens Initiative May 2014
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The luncheon chimes rang and rang and rang across the ballroom foyer at the Hilton Americas-Houston — to no avail. Even after 90 minutes of shopping the boutique alley at the Latin Women's Initiative fundraiser, few among the 650 women and sprinkling of men were willing to put away their credit cards and head to their tables.

With a score of vendors offering everything from leather jackets to dazzling jewelry to children's clothing, the temptations were just too inviting to pass up. And with Lucy Corona's Slim Ritas and other bar offerings fueling spending bravado, there was just no stopping. The fun was thanks in part to Titanium Tequila, the event's tequila sponsor. Now how many ladies luncheons have tequila sponsors!

Finally in the ballroom, guests were welcomed by luncheon emcee KPRC Channel 2 newsman Anthony Yanez. Joining him in the brief program were luncheon chairs Lucinda Loya and Ericka Bagwell and LWI president Rosi F. Hernandez. The jovial mood of the day turned serious briefly when Father Flavio Bravo offered the luncheon blessing and included a prayer for Father T.J. Martinez. The popular Jesuit priest and founder of Cristo Rey High School was a regular at the annual luncheon until being diagnosed earlier this year with late-stage stomach cancer. 

As is tradition, the luncheon menu is derived from recipes in LWI's award-winning cookbook Latin Flavors, making it one of the tastiest meals of the social season. Friday's feast included nopales salad with queso fresco, chimichurri-basted pork tenderloin, chicken pibil and for dessert warm guava empanada with cinnamon-dusted ice cream.

Tootsies joined the party this year bringing in designer Rene Ruiz for a runway presentation of beautiful gowns that, as is tradition with the LWI event, included a handful of muscle-bound gents in bathing trunks. And as is tradition they were met with enthusiastic hoots and hollers.

Applauding the runway scene were Lucia and Michael Cordua, Patricia Herrera, Ceron, Mayte Weitzman, Laura Murillo, State Rep. Carol Alvarado, Maria Bush, Gina Gaston, Tiffany Smith, Amy Lee, Alex Martinez, Alex Blair, Chree Boydston, Katy Caldwell, Karina Barbieri, Jessica Rossman, Elizabeth Petersen, Cyndy Garza Roberts and Nick Espinosa.

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