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Houston's Women of Distinction revealed to a roar that rattles the roof of a swanky department store

Houston's Women of Distinction revealed to roar that rattles the roof

Cynthia Petrello, from left, Bobby Dees and Kim Moody at the Women of Distinction announcement party October 2014
Women of Distinction honorees Cynthia Petrello, left, and Kim Moody with Saks Fifth Avenue GM Bobby Dees. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Bobby Dees and Class of 2015 at the Women of Distinction announcement party October 2014
Saks Fifth Avenue GM Bobby Dees with the Women of Distinction class of 2015. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Elizabeth Stein, left, and Patti Murphy at the Women of Distinction announcement party October 2014
Winter Ball chairs Elizabeth Stein, left, and Patti Murphy. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Mike and Terrie Turner at the Women of Distinction announcement party October 2014
Winter Ball honorary chairs Mike and Terrie Turner. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Merele Yarborough, from left, Gayla Gardner and Sharon Owens at the Women of Distinction announcement party October 2014
Merele Yarborough, from left, honoree Gayla Gardner and Sharon Owens. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Roberta and Lee Schwartz at the Women of Distinction announcement party October 2014
Honoree Roberta Schwartz and husband. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Mike and Carol Linn at the Women of Distinction announcement party October 2014
Mike Linn and honoree Carol Linn. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Jan Mendenhall, from left, Trini Mendenhall and Oniel Mendenhall at the Women of Distinction announcement party October 2014
Jan Mendenhall, from left, honoree Trini Mendenhall and Oniel Mendenhall. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Leisa Holland Nelson, from left, Linda Comeaux, Laura Nelson and Jay Comeaux at the Women of Distinction announcement party October 2014
Honoree Leisa Holland-Nelson, from left, Linda Comeaux, Laura Max Nelson and Jay Comeaux. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Carol and Paul Beck at the Women of Distinction announcement party October 2014
Honoree Carol Beck and Paul Beck. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Gracie Cavnar, left, and Phoebe Tudor  at the Women of Distinction announcement party October 2014
Gracie Cavnar, left, and Phoebe Tudor. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Lesha and Tom Elsenbrook at the Women of Distinction announcement party October 2014
Honoree Lesha Elsenbrook and Tom Elsenbrook. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Susan Coulter, left, and Nancy Dinerstein at the Women of Distinction announcement party October 2014
Susan Coulter, left, and Nancy Dinerstein. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Roz and Alan Pactor, from left, with Donna Vallone at the Women of Distinction announcement party October 2014
Roz and Alan Pactor, left, with Donna Vallone. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Susan Krohn, left, and Mary Ann McKeithan at the Women of Distinction announcement party October 2014
Susan Krohn, left, and Mary Ann McKeithan. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Cynthia Petrello, from left, Bobby Dees and Kim Moody at the Women of Distinction announcement party October 2014
Bobby Dees and Class of 2015 at the Women of Distinction announcement party October 2014
Elizabeth Stein, left, and Patti Murphy at the Women of Distinction announcement party October 2014
Mike and Terrie Turner at the Women of Distinction announcement party October 2014
Merele Yarborough, from left, Gayla Gardner and Sharon Owens at the Women of Distinction announcement party October 2014
Roberta and Lee Schwartz at the Women of Distinction announcement party October 2014
Mike and Carol Linn at the Women of Distinction announcement party October 2014
Jan Mendenhall, from left, Trini Mendenhall and Oniel Mendenhall at the Women of Distinction announcement party October 2014
Leisa Holland Nelson, from left, Linda Comeaux, Laura Nelson and Jay Comeaux at the Women of Distinction announcement party October 2014
Carol and Paul Beck at the Women of Distinction announcement party October 2014
Gracie Cavnar, left, and Phoebe Tudor  at the Women of Distinction announcement party October 2014
Lesha and Tom Elsenbrook at the Women of Distinction announcement party October 2014
Susan Coulter, left, and Nancy Dinerstein at the Women of Distinction announcement party October 2014
Roz and Alan Pactor, from left, with Donna Vallone at the Women of Distinction announcement party October 2014
Susan Krohn, left, and Mary Ann McKeithan at the Women of Distinction announcement party October 2014

Shoppers in Saks Fifth Avenue on Tuesday night might have wondered what all the noise was coming from the designer salon and what all those glamorous women arriving at the cocktail hour were up to. The answer is quite simple: Announcement of the ABC-13 Women of Distinction honorees.

More than 250 cocktail-attired guests gathered to salute the women who will be honored at the Jan. 24 Winter Ball, themed "Night on the Nile." Former Women of Distinction honoree Melanie Lawson of KTRK Channel 13 introduced the women and lauded them for their volunteer work and community accomplishments.

Taking bows to hardy cheers and applause were Carol Beck, Suzan Deison, Lesha Elsenbrook, Gayla Gardner, Carol Linn, Kim Moody, Leisa Holland-Nelson, Susan Osterberg, Cynthia Petrello and Roberta Schwartz. Trini Mendenhall was introduced as 2015 Ambassador and Pat Breen was announced as Queen of the Nile, a special honor. The near-boisterous approval sounded again with announcement that Mercedes Benz of Greater Houston has donated a 2015 vehicle to the fundraising effort. 

Saks GM Bobby Dees and Winter Ball chairs Patti Murphy and Elizabeth Stein welcomed the well-heeled gathering that included Winter Ball honorary chairs Terrie and Mike Turner. The Winter Ball benefits the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America.

The merry throng included Gracie Cavnar, Philamena and Arthur Baird, Vicki Rizzo, Mauri Oliver, Denise Monteleone, Joan and Jon Pillow, Rachel and Tom Regan, Nancy Dinerstein, Mike Linn, Nancy and Hans Strohmer and Shelby Kibodeaux and Bruce Padilla.