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YPs support St. Luke's, Yigal Azrouël on his way, Pet Set parties & TUTS leading ladies brunch

YPs support St. Luke's, Yigal Azrouël on his way, Pet Set parties & TUTS leading ladies brunch

Yigal Azrouel, model
Yigal Azrouel, pictured with model Zuzanna Bijoch, headlines Nov. 1 for Catwalk for a Cure. Yigal Azrouel/Facebook
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Jason and Lindley Arnoldy chair St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital System YP group. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Robert Rubey, Meaghan Rubey with Lindsay Holstead (middle)
Robert and Meaghan Rubey flank Lindsay Holstead at the Pet Set party at Tootsies. Courtesy of The Photo Boutique
Amy Pierce, left, with Chloe Dao
Amy Pierce, left, with Chloe Dao at Theater Under the Stars' Leading Ladies spring social. Photo by Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Rebecca McElroy, Jodi Eisenhardt
Rebecca McElroy, left, and Jodi Eisenhardt at Pet Set. Courtesy of The Photo Boutique
Yigal Azrouel, model
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Robert Rubey, Meaghan Rubey with Lindsay Holstead (middle)
Amy Pierce, left, with Chloe Dao
Rebecca McElroy, Jodi Eisenhardt

No summer doldrums on the social scene even now that the solstice has arrived. If the young professionals and arts groups aren't holding gatherings around town, then they are meeting up to plan their big fall fundraisers. Case in point, is St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital System's launch of its YP group: PULSE (Professionals United to Lead St. Luke's Episcopal).

Chairs Lindley and Jason Arnoldy did the soft sell on the new organization with a low-key recruitment gathering at Fleming's River Oaks. Restaurant GM Sam Governale, St. Luke's Episcopal Charities director of programs and events Sylvia Forsythe and SLEH's vice president Jon Gossett welcomed those eager to learn more about the new group.

Among those lending an ear to the SLEH message were David Cordua, Annie McQueen, Christopher Joseph, Dr. Taylor Brown, Brittany Sakowitz, Kevin Kushner, Lauren Baughman and Max Barrett.  Membership info and upcoming event details are available from SLEH programs and events coordinator Elizabeth Weiss (eweiss@sleh.com).

Yigal Azrouël heading to H-Town

What's not to love about a hip young designer bringing his line and his charm to the catwalk? Just ask Laura Arnold, Kelli Blanton and Jennie Segal, who are over the moon with confirmation from Saks Fifth Avenue that the dashing designer will headline their Nov. 1 Catwalk for a Cure luncheon. The trio is chairing.

Amschwand Sarcoma Cancer Foundation founder Melissa Bellinger is spreading the word about the Hotel ZaZa event that will honor Houston-based handbag designer Alexandra Knight.

A big bow WOW for Pet Set

Houston pet owners LOVE their four-legged friends and few are more dedicated to the friendly animal kindgom than members of Pet Set. They gathered at Tootsies earlier this week to stir excitement  for the Sept. 28 Be Fierce & Fabulous bash at Hotel ZaZa. 

Fierce and fabulous in their own right, soirée chairs Courtney Hopson, Kara Howes and Meaghan Rubey led the party pack that donated to Pet Set, perused the summer sales offerings and found sustenance for socializing in the hors d'oeuvres and libations presented by Jim Benton.

Pet lovers included Lindsay Holstead, Stacie Cokinos, Stacy Walker, Pamela Radford, Trish Summers, Fady Armanious, Jeff Hall, Jennifer Simmons and Rebecca McElroy

Chloe Dao and TUTS

Theatre Under the Stars calls them their Leading Ladies, the group of femmes that embraces the mission of musical theater education in Houston. That group gathered at the Rice Village Dao Chloe Dao boutique for a fundraising brunch that despite Tuesday's torrential rains was a success.

Fifteen percent of each purchase was donated to the Leading Ladies' Pink Stiletto Fund, which supports TUTS education programs. 

Sampling brunch bites and mimosa from Phoenicia Specialty Foods were Leading Ladies co-founder Amy Pierce plus designer Choe Dao, Phoenicia's Meredith Tcholakian, Stephanie Swingle, Anne Bunting, Pattie Dodds, Shelley P. Smith and Paula Mott.