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Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market is already revving up for the holidays — with $17.8 million visions

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14 Houston Ballet Nutcracker kickoff September 2013 Pamela Triolo, Cynthia Brown, Steve Joest HORIZONTAL
Pamela Triolo, from left, Cynthia Brown and Steve Joest at the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market kickoff. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
181 Houston Ballet Nutcracker kickoff 2013 Sara Parr and Wendy Burks
Sara Parr, left, and Wendy Burks at the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market kickoff. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
161 Houston Ballet Nutcracker kickoff 2013 Ann O’Neill, Faye Cutter and Judy Nichols
Ann O’Neill, from left, Faye Cutter and Judy Nichols at the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market kickoff. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
87 Houston Ballet Nutcracker kickoff 2013 Lynn Zeid, Patti Murphy and Sally Miller
Lynn Zeid, from left, Patti Murphy and Sally Miller at the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market kickoff. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
67 Houston Ballet Nutcracker kickoff September 2013 Sam Malone and Philamena Baird
Sam Malone and Philamena Baird at the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market kickoff. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
53 Houston Ballet Nutcracker kickoff September 2013 Leslie King, Shauna Steffan and Marsha Haltom
Leslie King, from left, Shauna Steffan and Marsha Haltom at the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market kickoff. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
35 Houston Ballet Nutcracker kickoff September 2013 Dottie Erwin, Connie Reddy, Clemencia Larimore, Pam Staples, Mary Alice Parmet
Dottie Erwin, from left, Connie Reddy, Clemencia Larimore, Pam Staples and Mary Alice Parmet at the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market kickoff. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
29 Houston Ballet Nutcracker kickoff September 2013 Cecilia Campbell, Kris Abercrombie
Cecilia Campbell, left, and Kris Abercrombie at the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market kickoff. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
155 Houston Ballet Nutcracker kickoff 2013 Katie Harrison, Marcie Bristol, Gaylon Gullquist, Denise Malone and Pamela Triol
Katie Harrison, from left, Marcie Bristol, Gaylon Gullquist, Denise Malone and Pamela Triol at the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market kickoff. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
14 Houston Ballet Nutcracker kickoff September 2013 Pamela Triolo, Cynthia Brown, Steve Joest HORIZONTAL
181 Houston Ballet Nutcracker kickoff 2013 Sara Parr and Wendy Burks
161 Houston Ballet Nutcracker kickoff 2013 Ann O’Neill, Faye Cutter and Judy Nichols
87 Houston Ballet Nutcracker kickoff 2013 Lynn Zeid, Patti Murphy and Sally Miller
67 Houston Ballet Nutcracker kickoff September 2013 Sam Malone and Philamena Baird
53 Houston Ballet Nutcracker kickoff September 2013 Leslie King, Shauna Steffan and Marsha Haltom
35 Houston Ballet Nutcracker kickoff September 2013 Dottie Erwin, Connie Reddy, Clemencia Larimore, Pam Staples, Mary Alice Parmet
29 Houston Ballet Nutcracker kickoff September 2013 Cecilia Campbell, Kris Abercrombie
155 Houston Ballet Nutcracker kickoff 2013 Katie Harrison, Marcie Bristol, Gaylon Gullquist, Denise Malone and Pamela Triol

There was heightened excitement among the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market team for the market launch party at The Capital Grille. Author Pamela Triolo, who championed the market in her mystery novel Death Without Cause, was in the mix and selling her books at a rapid clip.

Market chair Cynthia Brown joined the steak house's managing partner Steve Joest and sales manager Tia Valion in welcoming the holiday-minded contingent that is hard at work organizing the annual fete that runs Nov. 7 to 10 at Reliant Center. In her book, Triolo describes the market as “Houston’s answer to Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls.”

Indeed, the 2012 market hosted 104,836 visits and brought in almost $17.8 million in sales.

The Capital Grille got the fundraising rolling early by presenting a check for $1,500 to Houston Ballet's Patsy Chapman, the funds raised from a month-long promotion in which $5 from every Wagyu beef strip or seared sea bass entree went to the ballet.

Among the merry elves helping make the Nutcracker Market a reality were Philamena Baird, Evelyn Leightman, Susan Lehman, Joella Mach, Denise and Sam Malone, Sharon Erskine, Gaylon Gullquist, Patti Murphy, Rachel Regan, Mary Alice Parmet, Kari Parson, Wendy Burks and Karen Hartnett. 

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