What: Masquerade for a Cure.
Where: The Corinthian.
The 411: The fourth annual Jamie’s Hope gala was a celeb-studded affair with an apropos theme, “Old Hollywood Glam.” More than 300 guests, including several TV news reporters and Houston Texans football players, turned out to show their support for the non-profit and its financial beneficiary, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Before entering the ballroom, guests were greeted by a mob of paparazzi, dressed in 1940’s garb, and a duo of live Oscar statues that flanked the steps of the grand stairway.
En Vogue Events, DJU Productions and Johanna Terry Events transformed the downtown venue into a glitzy setting with a gold dance floor, tables adorned with oversized candelabras and floral arrangements and sparkling chandeliers hanging high above. Also heads above the crowd, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe stilt walkers strolled through the ballroom during the live auction, headed up by Houston Texan’s former all-pro center Chris Myers.
Music by singer Jane Vandiver and The Richard Brown Orchestra entertained attendees and set the upbeat mood as more familiar faces in the crowd mingled including KHOU reporter and weekend anchor Rekha Muddaraj, Houston Texans’ tight end Garrett Graham and the evening’s emcees, former Houston Texan player Chester Pitts and KHOU meteorologist Chita Johnson.
The foundation honored KHOU sports reporter Bob Allen, who is battling a rare form of T-Cell Lymphoma and was not able to attend.
The event raised a total of $101,000 for personalized cancer medicine research.
Who: Honorary chairs Timothy Bedore, Pete Bell and Carrie Broussard, Jamie’s Hope founders Jamie Gilmore, Garrick Glascock and Cindy Barnes, Lee and Seliece Womble, Tammie and Andy Johnson, Dr. Neil Badlani, Ericka Graham, LaToya Pitts, Courtney Zubowski Haas and Dr. Eric Haas, Katie McCall and fiancé David Noll, Kevin Walter, Mark Levesque, Neera Patidar, Andrew Pidgirsky, Nancy Smith, Staci and Quang Henderson.