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5616 Kristi Thibaut, from left, Chloe Dao, Lindsay Munoz and Jenn Char at the Girls Inc. luncheon May 2014
Kristi Thibaut, from left, Chloe Dao, Lindsay Munoz and Jenn Char. Photo by Alejandro Montoya
5623 Vivian Mora, from left, Twila Carter and Lisa Malosky at the Girls Inc. luncheon May 2014
Vivian Mora, from left, Twila Carter and Lisa Malosky. Photo by Alejandro Montoya
5606 Elizabeth Howley, from left, Katherine Center, Stacy Humphries and J.J. Spedale at the Girls Inc. luncheon May 2014
Elizabeth Howley, from left, Katherine Center, Stacy Humphries and J.J. Spedale. Photo by Alejandro Montoya
5605 Shelly Millwee, from left, Vivian Mora, Stacy Humphries and Jamie Sava at the Girls Inc. luncheon May 2014
Shelly Millwee, from left, Vivian Mora, Stacy Humphries and Jamie Sava. Photo by Alejandro Montoya
5614 Pamela Ireland, left, and Denise Malloy at the Girls Inc. luncheon May 2014
Pamela Ireland, left, and Denise Malloy. Photo by Alejandro Montoya
5629 Daniela Delgado, from left, Lizbeth Valdez, Deborah Duncan, Jimena Martinez and Alexis Amerson at the Girls Inc. luncheon May 2014
Daniela Delgado, from left, Lizbeth Valdez, Deborah Duncan, Jimena Martinez and Alexis Amerson. Photo by Alejandro Montoya
5622 Mary Jane Lindsey,  left, and Marjana Lindsey Roach at the Girls Inc. luncheon May 2014
Mary Jane Lindsey, left, and Marjana Lindsey Roach. Photo by Alejandro Montoya
5612 James Davis, from left, Diane Maben and Thomas Jones at the Girls Inc. luncheon May 2014
James Davis, from left, Diane Maben and Thomas Jones. Photo by Alejandro Montoya
5611 Alicia Blaszak, from left, Michael Pearson and Chimei Lin at the Girls Inc. luncheon May 2014
Alicia Blaszak, from left, Michael Pearson and Chimei Lin. Photo by Alejandro Montoya
5602 Jackie Pope, from left, Nomathemba Armstrong, Jessica Shittu, Alane Lillie and Denise Malloy at the Girls Inc. luncheon May 2014
Jackie Pope, from left, Nomathemba Armstrong, Jessica Shittu, Alane Lillie and Denise Malloy. Photo by Alejandro Montoya
5616 Kristi Thibaut, from left, Chloe Dao, Lindsay Munoz and Jenn Char at the Girls Inc. luncheon May 2014
5623 Vivian Mora, from left, Twila Carter and Lisa Malosky at the Girls Inc. luncheon May 2014
5606 Elizabeth Howley, from left, Katherine Center, Stacy Humphries and J.J. Spedale at the Girls Inc. luncheon May 2014
5605 Shelly Millwee, from left, Vivian Mora, Stacy Humphries and Jamie Sava at the Girls Inc. luncheon May 2014
5614 Pamela Ireland, left, and Denise Malloy at the Girls Inc. luncheon May 2014
5629 Daniela Delgado, from left, Lizbeth Valdez, Deborah Duncan, Jimena Martinez and Alexis Amerson at the Girls Inc. luncheon May 2014
5622 Mary Jane Lindsey,  left, and Marjana Lindsey Roach at the Girls Inc. luncheon May 2014
5612 James Davis, from left, Diane Maben and Thomas Jones at the Girls Inc. luncheon May 2014
5611 Alicia Blaszak, from left, Michael Pearson and Chimei Lin at the Girls Inc. luncheon May 2014
5602 Jackie Pope, from left, Nomathemba Armstrong, Jessica Shittu, Alane Lillie and Denise Malloy at the Girls Inc. luncheon May 2014

What: Girls Inc. of Greater Houston's annual "Strong, Smart and Bold" luncheon.

Where: The Royal Sonesta Hotel.

The 411: CenterPoint Energy's June Deadrick chaired and designer Chloe Dao served as honorary chair of the annual luncheon that had a turnout of close to 500 guests and raised $150,000 for the non-profit.

The program included an inspiring video message from Oprah Winfrey, who recently announced that proceeds from her new Teavana Oprah Chai Tea (on sale at Starbucks and Teavana stores) will benefit Girls Inc. The luncheon was led by KHOU Channel 11 Great Day Houston host Deborah Duncan, who introduced guest speaker and author Katherine Center. H-E-B was announced as recipient of the Corporate Vision Award and the Vanguard Award was presented to the Links Texas Spring Cypress chapter.

Who: Filling the hotel ballroom were Melanie Gray, Mandy Kao, Irene Helsinger, Kristi Thibaut, Brian Ching, Misti Pace-Kahl, Candice Wells, Marcie Zlotnik, Cyndy Garza Roberts and Maria Zerr.

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