Shelby's Social Diary

Houston real estate legend shares her tips for success in a stunning skyline setting

Houston real estate icon shares tips for success in stunning setting

2 Susan Plank, from left, Martha Turner and Kiki Wilson at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2014
Susan Plank, from left, Martha Turner and Kiki Wilson. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
14 Holly Waltrip, left, and Joyce Echols at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2014
Holly Waltrip, left, and Joyce Echols. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
13 Kathy French, left, and Gina Gaston at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2014
Kathy French, left, and Gina Gaston. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
12 Diana Sun, from left, Zhen Xian Sun and Henson Bucher at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2014
Diana Sun, from left, Zhen Xian Sun and Henson Bucher. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
11 Jana Bruce, left, and Noel Wise at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2014
Jana Bruce, left, and Noel Wise. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
10 Holly Waltrip, from left, Karina Barbieri, Ceron and Lisa Santos at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2014
Holly Waltrip, from left, Karina Barbieri, Cerón and Lisa Santos. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
9 Hannah McNair, left, and Bethany Hartland at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2014
Hannah McNair, left, and Bethany Hartland. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
7 Bebe Stegent, from left, John Mcconn and Paige Johnson at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2014
Bebe Stegent, from left, John McConn and Paige Johnson. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
8 Nina Magon, left, and Mia Yamada at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2014
Nina Magon, left, and Mia Yamada. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
3 Danielle Ellis, left, and Alex Blair at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2014
Danielle Ellis, left, and Alex Blair. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
6 Kathy Pipkin, left, and Shannon Swyka at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2014
Kathy Pipkin, left, and Shannon Swyka. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
5 Dave Stumpf and Laura Max Nelson at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2014
Dave Stumpf and Laura Max Nelson. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
0 Aimara Flores, from left, Ashley Leaman, Alyssa Bangel and Lauren Meneses at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2014
Aimara Flores, from left, Ashley Leaman, Alyssa Bangel and Lauren Meneses. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
2 Susan Plank, from left, Martha Turner and Kiki Wilson at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2014
14 Holly Waltrip, left, and Joyce Echols at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2014
13 Kathy French, left, and Gina Gaston at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2014
12 Diana Sun, from left, Zhen Xian Sun and Henson Bucher at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2014
11 Jana Bruce, left, and Noel Wise at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2014
10 Holly Waltrip, from left, Karina Barbieri, Ceron and Lisa Santos at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2014
9 Hannah McNair, left, and Bethany Hartland at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2014
7 Bebe Stegent, from left, John Mcconn and Paige Johnson at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2014
8 Nina Magon, left, and Mia Yamada at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2014
3 Danielle Ellis, left, and Alex Blair at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2014
6 Kathy Pipkin, left, and Shannon Swyka at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2014
5 Dave Stumpf and Laura Max Nelson at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2014
0 Aimara Flores, from left, Ashley Leaman, Alyssa Bangel and Lauren Meneses at the Dec My Room luncheon October 2014

Dec My Room founder Susan Plank decided to shake things up with the annual fall luncheon benefiting the non-profit that decorates the hospital rooms of long-term pediatric and young adult patients. She moved the benefit from Tootsies, scratched the fashion show and added an inspirational talk by real estate legend Martha Turner.

The ladies gathered at the bright and airy Artista restaurant in the Hobby Center, where the downtown skyline provided a stunning backdrop for the midday fundraiser. Turner and Kiki Wilson served as honorary chairs. Wilson introduced Turner, founder of Martha Turner Properties which is now Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty.

Among Turner's points for living a fruitful and successful life were placing God first, family second and work third. 

Among Turner's points for living a fruitful and successful life were placing God first, family second and work third. Have faith in yourself, she told the gathering. Embrace change. Ask for forgiveness from those you have hurt.

Turner, 74, allowed that she begins each day thanking God for the gift of another day and that she has promised God that as long as she remained healthy, she would continue to help others.

Also addressing the luncheon was Houston magazine publisher Peter Remington, who talked about the magazine's Nov. 4 Cheers 4 Charities evening at The Gaslamp that will benefit Dec My Room as well as Be an Angel, Kids' Meals and Eyecare for Kids.

Dec My Room returns to Tootsies for the annual Love's in Fashion benefit evening, set for Feb. 11.

Contributing to the luncheon success were Laurie Krohn, Joyce Echols, Katie Bass, Holly Waltrip, Jeff Gremillion, Melissa Mithoff, Tiffany Smith, Laura Sweeney, Franelle Rogers, Hannah McNair, Bethany Hartland, Gina Gaston and Kathy French, Dec My Room director of grants and partnerships.

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