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Shelby Hodge Day in Houston

A president and the mayor salute Houston treasure Shelby Hodge at record-breaking Legacy luncheon

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126 Legacy Luncheon September 2013 Shelby Hodge and Annise Parker
Shelby Hodge, left, and Mayor Annise Parker at the Legacy Luncheon. Photo by Kim Coffman
85 Legacy Luncheon September 2013 Lora Clemmons, Shafik Rifaat, Karen Mayell, Sheridan Williams
Lora Clemmons, from left, Shafik Rifaat, Karen Mayell and Sheridan Williams at the Legacy Luncheon honoring Shelby Hodge. Photo by Kim Coffman
145 Legacy Luncheon September 2013 John Camp, Janet Gurwitch, Patrice Ferguson
John Camp, from left, Janet Gurwitch and Patrice Ferguson at the Legacy Luncheon honoring Shelby Hodge. Photo by Kim Coffman
137 Legacy Luncheon September 2013 Audrey Cochran and Valerie Dieterich
Audrey Cochran, left, and Valerie Dieterich at the Legacy Luncheon honoring Shelby Hodge. Photo by Kim Coffman
72 Legacy Luncheon September 2013 Ellen Cohen and Bobbie Nau
Ellen Cohen, left, and Bobbie Nau at the Legacy Luncheon honoring Shelby Hodge. Photo by Kim Coffman
66 Legacy Luncheon September 2013 Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein and Leisa Holland-Nelson
Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein, left, and Leisa Holland-Nelson at the Legacy Luncheon honoring Shelby Hodge. Photo by Kim Coffman
61 Legacy Luncheon September 2013 61 Kathryn Smith and Rosemarie Johnson
Kathryn Smith, left, and Rosemarie Johnson at the Legacy Luncheon honoring Shelby Hodge. Photo by Kim Coffman
57 Ceron, Dr. Steve Hamilton, Martha Turner, Tom LeCloux, Mark Sullivan
Cerón, from left, Dr. Steve Hamilton, Martha Turner, Tom LeCloux and Mark Sullivan at the Legacy Luncheon honoring Shelby Hodge. Photo by Kim Coffman
52 Legacy Luncheon September 3013 Chris Goins, Diane Lokey Farb, Fady Armanious
Chris Goins, from left, Diane Lokey Farb and Fady Armanious at the Legacy Luncheon honoring Shelby Hodge. Photo by Kim Coffman
103 Legacy Luncheon September 2013 Alyce Alston and Dancie Ware
Alyce Alston, left, and Dancie Ware at the Legacy Luncheon honoring Shelby Hodge. Photo by Kim Coffman
48 Legacy Luncheon September 3013 Kimberly DeLape, Phoebe Tudor
Kimberly DeLape, left, and Phoebe Tudor at the Legacy Luncheon honoring Shelby Hodge. Photo by Kim Coffman
45 Legacy Luncheon September 3013 Henry Richardson, name to come, Monsour Taghdisi
Henry Richardson, from left, Erin Stewart and Monsour Taghdisi at the Legacy Luncheon honoring Shelby Hodge. Photo by Kim Coffman
42 Legacy Luncheon September 3013 Clifford Pugh, Rob Rutherford, Ceron
Clifford Pugh, from left, Rob Rutherford and Cerón at the Legacy Luncheon honoring Shelby Hodge. Photo by Kim Coffman
134 Legacy Luncheon September 2013 Shelby Hodge and Annise Parker
Shelby Hodge, left, and Mayor Annise Parker at the Legacy Luncheon. Photo by Kim Coffman
Legacy Luncheon September 2013 Katy Caldwell, Frank Billingsley, Chree Boydstun
Katy Caldwell, from left, Frank Billingsley and Chree Boydstun at the Legacy Luncheon honoring Shelby Hodge. Photo by Kim Coffman
71 Legacy Luncheon September 3013 Lucinda Loya and Gracie Cavnar
Lucinda Loya, left, and Gracie Cavnar at the Legacy Luncheon honoring Shelby Hodge. Photo by Kim Coffman
69 Legacy Luncheon September 2013 Mike and Karen Mayell
Mike and Karen Mayell at the Legacy Luncheon honoring Shelby Hodge. Photo by Kim Coffman
Legacy Luncheon September 2013 Mark Grierson and Debra Grierson
Mark and Debra Grierson at the Legacy Luncheon honoring Shelby Hodge. Photo by Kim Coffman
126 Legacy Luncheon September 2013 Shelby Hodge and Annise Parker
85 Legacy Luncheon September 2013 Lora Clemmons, Shafik Rifaat, Karen Mayell, Sheridan Williams
145 Legacy Luncheon September 2013 John Camp, Janet Gurwitch, Patrice Ferguson
137 Legacy Luncheon September 2013 Audrey Cochran and Valerie Dieterich
72 Legacy Luncheon September 2013 Ellen Cohen and Bobbie Nau
66 Legacy Luncheon September 2013 Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein and Leisa Holland-Nelson
61 Legacy Luncheon September 2013 61 Kathryn Smith and Rosemarie Johnson
57 Ceron, Dr. Steve Hamilton, Martha Turner, Tom LeCloux, Mark Sullivan
52 Legacy Luncheon September 3013 Chris Goins, Diane Lokey Farb, Fady Armanious
103 Legacy Luncheon September 2013 Alyce Alston and Dancie Ware
48 Legacy Luncheon September 3013 Kimberly DeLape, Phoebe Tudor
45 Legacy Luncheon September 3013 Henry Richardson, name to come, Monsour Taghdisi
42 Legacy Luncheon September 3013 Clifford Pugh, Rob Rutherford, Ceron
134 Legacy Luncheon September 2013 Shelby Hodge and Annise Parker
Legacy Luncheon September 2013 Katy Caldwell, Frank Billingsley, Chree Boydstun
71 Legacy Luncheon September 3013 Lucinda Loya and Gracie Cavnar
69 Legacy Luncheon September 2013 Mike and Karen Mayell
Legacy Luncheon September 2013 Mark Grierson and Debra Grierson

"If you had a great charity event and Shelby didn't cover it, would it really be a success?" That was the question that former President George H.W. Bush posed in a letter that was read in tribute to Shelby Hodge at the 11th annual Legacy Community Health Services luncheon at the Wortham Theater  Center Grand Foyer.

The answer, from the several hundred guests who turned out to honor the CultureMap editor-at-large and longtime observer of Houston's social circuit, was that an event is just not the same without Shelby on the scene.

A host of notables, including Mayor Annise Parker, luncheon chairs Karen Mayell and Lora Clemmons, along with honorary chair Sheridan Williams, praised Hodge for the "graceful way" she covers events and activities while highlighting non-profit organizations that contribute so much to Houston.

  "Shelby has the way of making every event one that you wish you had attended because it seems so interesting," Parker said. 

"She has a way of elevating the organization that you may not have noticed without her coverage and she has the way of making every event one that you wish you had attended because it seems so interesting," Parker said.

The mayor proclaimed Tuesday "Shelby Hodge Day" in Houston and praised her for working "tirelessly through the years to raise awareness of Houston's cultural arts organizations, medical institutions, charitable organizations and educational causes that make our city a better place to live by simply telling their story."

After receiving a prolonged standing ovation, Hodge, who attended the luncheon with husband Shafik Rifaat, thanked the crowd for supporting Legacy and for the honor.

Channel 2's Frank Billingsley emceed the luncheon, which included appeals for support of the health organization from Martha Turner, Claire Cormier Thielke and Cyndy Garza-Roberts. The luncheon brought in a record-breaking $300,000 and drew praise for its compact program, that, with lunch, lasted less than an hour.

"Los Angeles has the In-and-Out burger, Houston has the in-and-out luncheon," Billingsley quipped.

Also high on the list of luncheon wows were the gorgeous red-hued floral arrangements from Darryl & Co. and the cold chicken salad entree from Jackson and Co., which was gobbled up by the normally picky socialites.

On hand to pay tribute were a host of friends and supporters, including Mike Mayell, John and Diane Connally, Diane Lokey Farb, Janet Gurwitch, Melinda Berkman, Phoebe Tudor, Dancie Ware, Gracie Cavnar, Rosemarie Johnson, Susan Krohn, Ceron, Monsour Taghdisi, Lucinda Loya, Legacy executive director Katy Caldwell, chief development officer Chree Boydstun and former board president Jim Reeder.

A host of elected officials, including city council members Stephen Costello, Jack Christie, Ellen Cohen, Mike Lassiter and Wanda Adams, State Sen. Sylvia Garcia, State Reps. Jessica Farrar and Boris Miles, also were on hand, along with CultureMap CEO Alyce Alston and Legacy supporters Jamie Lopez, Frazier Wilson, Trip Carter, Mike Holloman, Richard Warner and Tony Bravo.

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