Shelby's Social Diary

Molly Ringwald rocks 'em in Houston: This lunch is on center stage

Molly Ringwald rocks 'em in Houston: This lunch is on center stage

June Christensen, left, and Molly Ringwald at the SPA luncheon October 2013
SPA executive director June Christensen, left, and guest speaker Molly Ringwald at the benefit luncheon. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Michael Mithoff, from left, Mia Mithoff, Melissa Mithoff and Ginni Mithoff at the SPA luncheon October 2013
Michael Mithoff, from left, Mia Mithoff, Melissa Mithoff and Ginni Mithoff at the SPA luncheon. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Nick Florescu, from left, Lynn Wyatt and Dominque Sachse at the SPA luncheon October 2013
Nick Florescu, from left, Lynn Wyatt and Dominque Sachse at the SPA luncheon. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Tom and Liz Glanville at the SPA luncheon October 2013
Tom and Liz Glanville at the SPA luncheon. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Gracie Cavnar, left, and Tricia Dewhurst at the SPA luncheon October 2013
Gracie Cavnar, left, and Tricia Dewhurst at the SPA luncheon. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Theresa Mallett, left, and Chree Boydstun at the SPA luncheon October 2013
Theresa Mallett, left, and Chree Boydstun at the SPA luncheon. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
the crowd at the SPA luncheon October 2013
The luncheon setting on stage at Jones Hall is always a hit with the SPA crowd. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Kathryn and Ian Fay at the SPA luncheon October 2013
Kathryn and Ian Fay at the SPA luncheon. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Elizabeth DeLuca, left, and Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein at the SPA luncheon October 2013
Elizabeth DeLuca, left, and Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein at the SPA luncheon. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Melanie Gray, left, and June Christensen at the SPA luncheon October 2013
Melanie Gray, left, and June Christensen at the SPA luncheon. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
June Christensen, left, and Molly Ringwald at the SPA luncheon October 2013
Michael Mithoff, from left, Mia Mithoff, Melissa Mithoff and Ginni Mithoff at the SPA luncheon October 2013
Nick Florescu, from left, Lynn Wyatt and Dominque Sachse at the SPA luncheon October 2013
Tom and Liz Glanville at the SPA luncheon October 2013
Gracie Cavnar, left, and Tricia Dewhurst at the SPA luncheon October 2013
Theresa Mallett, left, and Chree Boydstun at the SPA luncheon October 2013
the crowd at the SPA luncheon October 2013
Kathryn and Ian Fay at the SPA luncheon October 2013
Elizabeth DeLuca, left, and Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein at the SPA luncheon October 2013
Melanie Gray, left, and June Christensen at the SPA luncheon October 2013

It was a feel good day all around when Molly Ringwald took the stage at Jones Hall along with a fashionable pride of Society for the Performing Arts supporters for the SPA's annual fall luncheon.  The actress/singer/author impressed with her story of growth from teen star to mother to jazz performer.

And playing to the audience, she stressed the importance of the performing arts in education, a nod to SPA's education and outreach programs to which proceeds from the luncheon were directed.

Melissa and Michael Mithoff chaired the fundraiser that honored his mother, Ginni Mithoff, a long-time SPA supporter. She was presented the Ann Sakowitz Performing Arts Advocate Award.

For the annual on-stage event, Rebekah Johnson of Bergner & Johnson worked her party design magic while Jackson and Co. provided the sustenance.

Celebrating the $180,000 in proceeds were SPA CEO June Christensen, board chair Melanie Gray, Richard Mithoff, Lynn Wyatt, Liz and Tom Glanville, Millette Sherman, Katie and Harry Cullen, Rocky Mafrige, Rosemarie Johnson, Phoebe Tudor and Courtney Hopson. All eyes were temporarily on Robert Sakowitz who was accompanied by colorful designer Zandra Rhodes.