HTX Comforts of Home 2013
Shelby's Social Diary

Ladies lunching at Tony's raise a bundle for Dec My Room and the sick kids it helps

Ladies lunching at Tony's raise a bundle for Dec My Room, sick kids

16 Dr. Kelli Cohen Fien, from left, Kendall Plank, Susan Plank at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2013
Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein, from left, Kendall Plank and Susan Plank at the Dec My Room luncheon at Tony's. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
17 Donna Valone, left, and Claire Cormier Thielke at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2013
Donna Vallone, left, and Claire Cormier Thielke at the Dec My Room luncheon at Tony. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
15 Virginia Steppe, Alissa Maples at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2013
Virginia Steppe, left, and Alissa Maples at the Dec My Room luncheon at Tony's. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
11 Ileana Trevino, left, and Phoebe Tudor at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2013
Ileana Trevino, left, and Phoebe Tudor at the Dec My Room luncheon at Tony's. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
2 Julie Brown, Vanessa Sendukas, Dil Shat Baysal, Rosemary Shatzman at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2013
Julie Brown, from left, Vanessa Sendukas, Dil Shat Baysal and Rosemary Shatzman at the Dec My Room luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
10 Kimberly DeLape, left, and Jan Carson at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2013
Kimberly DeLape, left, and Jan Carson at the Dec My Room luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
7 Phyllis Williams, Chree Boydston, Gina Gaston at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2013
Phyllis Williams, Chree Boydston and Gina Gaston at the Dec My Room luncheon at Tony's.  Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
9 Maria Sotolongo, Blanca Daugherty, Christi Nicolay at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2013
 Maria Sotolongo, from left, Blanca Daugherty and Christi Nicolay at the Dec My Room luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
8 Julie Voss, Karina Barbieri, Christine Napier, Randi Koenig at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2013
Julie Voss, from left, Karina Barbieri, Christine Napier and Randi Koenig at the Dec My Room luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
6 Mindy Guthrie, Susan Lair, Mehrnaz Gill at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2013.
Mindy Guthrie, from left, Susan Lair and Mehrnaz Gill at the Dec My Room luncheon at Tony's.  Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
16 Dr. Kelli Cohen Fien, from left, Kendall Plank, Susan Plank at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2013
17 Donna Valone, left, and Claire Cormier Thielke at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2013
15 Virginia Steppe, Alissa Maples at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2013
11 Ileana Trevino, left, and Phoebe Tudor at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2013
2 Julie Brown, Vanessa Sendukas, Dil Shat Baysal, Rosemary Shatzman at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2013
10 Kimberly DeLape, left, and Jan Carson at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2013
7 Phyllis Williams, Chree Boydston, Gina Gaston at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2013
9 Maria Sotolongo, Blanca Daugherty, Christi Nicolay at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2013
8 Julie Voss, Karina Barbieri, Christine Napier, Randi Koenig at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2013
6 Mindy Guthrie, Susan Lair, Mehrnaz Gill at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2013.

Dec My Room has been pulling at heartstrings since 2007, when Susan Plank and her daughter, Kendall, began sprucing up rooms for youngsters having lengthy stays at Texas Children's Hospital. The annual fall luncheon further endeared the cause to many when the ladies packed the San Remo room at Tony's and raised $67,500 for the cause.

Kudos to chairs Rosemary Schatzman and Vanessa Sendukas, who planned the fundraiser that featured Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein as guest speaker. Her major point was that research has shown that a warm and fuzzy environment speeds healing. Thus, the work of Dec My Room goes far beyond an esthetic exercise.

Today, the Planks and a host of other volunteers decorate hospital rooms for young patients with stays of three weeks or more at Texas Children's, M.D. Anderson and hospitals in Los Angeles and, most recently, Boston. Not just any old dressing up will do. Each room is personalized to the patient's taste. 

Lunching ladies lending their support included Mehrnaz Gill, Cheryl Byington, Julie Brown, Gina Gaston, Dilsat Baysal, Millette Sherman, Bethany Hughes, Ileana Trevino, Ellie Francisco, Karina Barbieri, Joann Crassas, Alissa Maples and Christine Napier.