For one night, the Dress for Success Houston office was transformed into a foodie haven that turned into a blowout bash. The non-profit organization, whose mission is to provide low-income women seeking employment with interview suits and career development resources with the goal of becoming economically self-sufficient, hosted a dinner, “Cuisine for a Cause," that raised more than $385,000.
Co-founder and president Nancy Levicki and event chairs Mary and Ben Patton and Rachael and Jason Volz joined together to host 350 guests. The evening began with an outdoor presentation by event emcee, KHOU 11 news reporter and anchor Mia Gradney, who spoke about the charity’s mission and highlighted client success stories.
A Fare Extraordinaire, with special recognition to its founder Karen Lerner, was honored for its continued support of Dress for Success Houston.
Attendees dined on gourmet fare provided by a roster of Houston chefs including Alyssa Dole of Revival Market and Coltivare, Nikki Farias of The Tasting Room Uptown Park, Kirstan Williams of Peli Peli, and Addie D’Agostino of Relish Restaurant & Bar.
Music by DJ London downstairs, and by Kristine Mills with pianist Jeff Franzel on the second floor, kept the evening flowing. And the silent auction was spirited as a Steak 48 wine dinner with Houston Texans nose tackle Vince Wilfork and wife Bianca, went for $4,000. The winning bidders were Chris and Kristi Chickering.
Dining for a good cause were Dress for Success Houston co-founder Susie Cunningham and husband Bucky, KPRC Channel 2’s Rachel McNeill and Dr. Wayne Franklin, Isabel and Danny David, Melissa Sugulas, Valerie Dietrich, Cinda and Armando Palacios, Maria Lindenberg and Brian Lindenberg, Kelli Kickerillo and Todd Forester, and DFS board members, including Niloufar Molavi and husband Amir, Chris Bradshaw and wife Kristy, and Gary Reaves and wife Rebekah.