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Houston charity snares creme de la creme of live auction items: You won't believe these VIP tickets

Houston charity snares amazing auction prize: Unbelievable VIP tickets

Lauren Bush Lauren, left, and Carrie Colbert September 2014 in New York City
Lauren Bush Lauren, left, and Carrie Colbert in New York last winter.. Courtesy photo
Bob Hogan and Carrie Colbert September 2014 at Ralph Lauren show NY
Bob Hogan and Carrie Colbert were high bidders on the Ralph Laurent package at last fall's Big Brothers Big Sisters gala. Courtesy photo
Ralph Lauren and Carrie Colbert in New York City
Ralph Lauren and Carrie Colbert after the show. Courtesy photo
Ralph Lauren model in coat
From her front row seat Carrie Colbert captured this Ralph Lauren look.  Courtesy photo
Bob Hogan and Carrie Colbert in New York City snow
Bob Hogan and Carrie Colbert as captured by New York Times fashion photographer Craig Arend. Photo by Craig Arend/New York Times
Clifford, Fashion Week spring 2013, Ralph Lauren, September 2012
Ralph Lauren on the catwalk at a previous New York Fashion Week. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Lauren Bush Lauren, left, and Carrie Colbert September 2014 in New York City
Bob Hogan and Carrie Colbert September 2014 at Ralph Lauren show NY
Ralph Lauren and Carrie Colbert in New York City
Ralph Lauren model in coat
Bob Hogan and Carrie Colbert in New York City snow
Clifford, Fashion Week spring 2013, Ralph Lauren, September 2012

We know that there are more than a few H-Town fashionistas who would give up their Louboutins for an invitation to Ralph Lauren's fall/winter presentation at New York Fashion Week in February. But no need to give up the Loubies.

That priceless invitation could be yours if you are high bidder on the "Ultimate Ralph Lauren Fashion Week Experience," which will be offered in a charity auction next week.

 "Sitting front row as Karlie Kloss sauntered by was a dream. And then we even got to meet Ralph, the legend himself." 

Big Brothers Big Sisters has once again snared two seats at the Ralph Lauren show as highlight of an auction package that includes round-trip American Airlines tickets to New York City and a two-night stay at the swank Carlyle Hotel. Add lunch with Lauren Bush Lauren, the designer's daughter-in-law. And if the stars are aligned in your favor, you might even meet the American fashion maestro.

That was the luck that Carrie Colbert and Bob Hogan enjoyed last February after placing the winning bid on the Ralph Lauren package.

"The show itself was absolutely gorgeous! All the glamor and romance you would expect from Ralph Lauren," she emailed. "Sitting front row as Karlie Kloss sauntered by was a dream. And then we even got to meet Ralph, the legend himself, briefly to say hi and congratulate him."

Access to the invitation-only (no, you cannot buy tickets) Ralph Lauren show is made possible through family connections at the highest levels. Pierce Bush, brother of Lauren Bush Lauren, is executive vice president of BBBS Houston. Nothing like a little brotherly love.

The gala takes place Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Omni Houston Hotel. Mary I. Murray chairs and Julia and Bruce Vincent are honorees. Tickets to the ball are available here.