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Fab fashions and tequila shots toast successful latin women's luncheon

Fab fashions and tequila shots toast successful latin women's luncheon

Gloria Luna Bounds and Daisy Mendoza
Gloria Luna Bounds and Daisy Mendoza. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Gordan Bethune and honoree Jessica Rossman
Gordan Bethune and honoree Jessica Rossman. Photo by Dave Rossman
Divya and Chris Brown
Divya and Chris Brown. Photo by Dave Rossman
Designer Andres Otalora
Designer Andres Otalora. Photo by Dave Rossman
Back Fady Armanious and Hallie Vanderhider
Fady Armanious and Hallie Vanderhider. Photo by Dave Rossman
Arcy Munoz and Lena Allouche/LWI
Arcy Munoz and Lena Allouche. Photo by Dave Rossman
Frank Molina, Andy Canales, Jesse Bounds, Thomas…
Frank Molina, Andy Canales, Jesse Bounds, Thomas Roberts. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Philamnea Baird, Trini Mendehall, Regina Garcia
Philamnea Baird, Trini Mendehall, Regina Garcia. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Neyda Cruz, Summer Salameh and Kariliz Perez
Neyda Cruz, Summer Salameh and Kariliz Perez. Photo by Dave Rossman
Vicky Dominguez, Nancy Almodovar
Vicky Dominguez, Nancy Almodovar. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Gwen and Harris Countyu Judge Ed Emmett
Gwen and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Cyndy Garza Roberts and Thomas Roberts
Cyndy Garza Roberts and Thomas Roberts. Photo by Dave Rossman
Gloria Luna Bounds and Daisy Mendoza
Gordan Bethune and honoree Jessica Rossman
Divya and Chris Brown
Designer Andres Otalora
Back Fady Armanious and Hallie Vanderhider
Arcy Munoz and Lena Allouche/LWI
Frank Molina, Andy Canales, Jesse Bounds, Thomas…
Philamnea Baird, Trini Mendehall, Regina Garcia
Neyda Cruz, Summer Salameh and Kariliz Perez
Vicky Dominguez, Nancy Almodovar
Gwen and Harris Countyu Judge Ed Emmett
Cyndy Garza Roberts and Thomas Roberts

There's reason the annual Latin Women’s Initiative luncheon is always held on a Friday. Who wants to go back to the office after shopping, a fashion show, lunch, and a celebratory tequila shot? The colorful and spirited luncheon held at the Hilton Americas is a highlight of the spring social calendar, raising valuable funds for organizations throughout the Houston area.

Led by luncheon chairs Gloria Luna Bounds and Daisy Mendoza and the LWI Board, the event raised more than $300,000, which will be distributed among multiple charities including L.I.F.E. Houston, Undies for Everyone, Small Steps Nurturing Center, University of Houston Center for Mexican American Studies, Academic Achievers Program. Memorial Assistance Ministries (MAM) and SpringSpirit.

Since the inception of LWI, the organization has raised more than $3 million of financial support for women and children in Houston’s Latino community. That feat was applauded by honorary chair Jessica Rossman, who was supported by friends and family at the luncheon.

Always chatty, the crowd quieted a bit for Channel 2’s Jacob Rascon, but whoops and cheers replaced chatting when the dynamic fashion show began. Guest designer Andrés Otálora from Colombia and Cooperativa Shop designs traversed from day-to-night, with some swimsuit-clad gents in the mix on the runway.

Per usual, the fashion show concluded with a tequila shot toast, and the party kept on humming, welcoming the weekend and the generosity of Houstonians.

Seen in the crowd: Maria Vilchez Lowrey, Claudia Aguirre, Cyndy Garza Roberts, Gordon Bethune, Lisset Garza, George Farah, Maritza Gonzales, Fady Armanious, Hallie Vanderhider, Mari Treviño, Micheline Newall, Ceron, and Divya and Chris Brown, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and Gwen Emmett.