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Ballroom buzzes with lively discussion at Art of Conversation luncheon

Ballroom buzzes with lively discussion at Art of Conversation luncheon

Art of Conversation, chairs Karli Gillum, Nancy Marcus Golden, honoree Mady Kades and chair Jereann Chaney
Art of Conversation chairs Karli Gillum, Nancy Marcus Golden, and Jereann Chaney (right), with honoree Mady Kades, (second from right). Jenny Antill Photography
Art of Conversation, Jerri Moore, Courtney Hopson
Jerri Moore, Courtney Hopson. Jenny Antill Photography
Art of Conversation, Chita Craft, Brittany Hebert
Chita Craft, Brittaney Hebert. Jenny Antill Photography
Art of Conversation, Elsie Whitmire
Elsie Whitmire. Jenny Antill Photography
Art of Conversation Gregg Harrison and Beth Cassidy Garcia
Gregg Harrison, Bethy Cassidy Garcia. Jenny Antill Photography
Art of Conversation,  JP Bryan and Joyce Echols
J.P. Bryan, Joyce Echols. Jenny Antill Photography
Art of Conversation, Rainey Knudson
Rainey Knudson. Jenny Antill Photography
Art of Conversation  Beth Wolff, Diane Gendel, Lil Kades and Stacey Swift
Beth Wolff, Diane Gendel, Lil Kades, Stacey Swift. Jenny Antill Photography
Art of Conversation Roland Garcia and Rose Garcia Moriarty
Rose Garcia Moriarty, Roland Garcia. Jenny Antill Photography
Art of Conversation, Greg Fourticq and MFAH Senior Curator Alison de Lima Greene
Greg Fourticq, Alison de Lima Greene. Jenny Antill Photography
Art of Conversation, Becca Cason Thrash, Clifford Pugh and Rebecca Rabinow
Becca Cason Thrash, Clifford Pugh, Rebecca Rabinow. Jenny Antill Photography
Art of Conversation, chairs Karli Gillum, Nancy Marcus Golden, honoree Mady Kades and chair Jereann Chaney
Art of Conversation, Jerri Moore, Courtney Hopson
Art of Conversation, Chita Craft, Brittany Hebert
Art of Conversation, Elsie Whitmire
Art of Conversation Gregg Harrison and Beth Cassidy Garcia
Art of Conversation,  JP Bryan and Joyce Echols
Art of Conversation, Rainey Knudson
Art of Conversation  Beth Wolff, Diane Gendel, Lil Kades and Stacey Swift
Art of Conversation Roland Garcia and Rose Garcia Moriarty
Art of Conversation, Greg Fourticq and MFAH Senior Curator Alison de Lima Greene
Art of Conversation, Becca Cason Thrash, Clifford Pugh and Rebecca Rabinow

What: City ArtWorks presents The Art of Conversation.

Where: Junior League of Houston.

The scoop: A wide variety of Houston influencers with a gift of gab spent their lunch hour with enthralled guests at the annual fundraiser that benefits City ArtWorks, a nonprofit organization that raises funds to support art education in Houston schools. A noted expert, in fields including law, the arts, sports, business, and society, sat at each of 25 tables and kept the conversation going by fielding questions and generating lively discussions that kept the ballroom buzzing.

Among the conversationalists were Harris County district attorney Kim Ogg, Consul General of Spain Enric Panés Calpe, Menil Collection director Rebecca Rabinow, The Pass & Provisions co-owner/chef Seth Siegel-Gardner, Hermann Park Conservancy director Doreen Stoeller, philanthropist Becca Cason Thrash, Bryan Museum founder J.P. Bryan, attorney Roland Garcia, Channel 11 meteorologist David Paul, Houston Forensic Science Center supervisor Ashley Henry, Habitat House owner Selia Qynn, Neiman Marcus PR manager Stacey Swift, Alley Theatre company artist Todd Waite, and CultureMap editor-in-chief Clifford Pugh.

Before the gabfest began, business executive and arts advocate Mandy Kades was honored for her support of City ArtWorks and other charitable causes.

Chairs Jereann Chaney, Karli Gillum, and Nancy Marcus Golden were thrilled that close to $90,000 was raised for children’s arts in education programs.

Who: Seen in the crowd were luncheon emcee Chita Craft, Greg Fourticq, Courtney Hopson, Jerri Moore, Joyce Echols, Rainey Knudson, Cindi Rose, Elsie Whitmire, Sharon Brier, Gregg Harrison, Alison de Lima Greene, Pam Howard, Christina Stith, Tom and Karen Wolff, and Barbara Van Postman.

Also joining in the conversation were Edlyn Pursell, Sharon Brier, Tatyana Lilian Rubin, Vicki Loper, Brian and Sarah Kamery, Greg Giles, Charles Clark, Jennifer Roosth, Kim Krist, Omar Marcus, Angela Nichols, Angela Lipsey, Bridgett Wade, Sallymoon Benz, Amy Richards, Jim and Joe Furr, Jay Corry, and Noel and Barbara Cowart.