Lucky the ladies who filled the ballroom at Hotel ZaZa for the 10th annual Catwalk for a Cure. Each went home with one of featured designer Elie Tahari's dreamy clutches, valued at close to $500. The gift was part of the designer's celebration of his 40 years in the fashion design field, a highlight that certainly upped the cachet of the fundraiser for the Amschwand Sarcoma Cancer Foundation.
For the Tahari fashion show, sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue, the designer included several pieces from his capsule collection, "Edition 1974." Tahari told the gathering, “It is experiences like working with the Amschwand Sarcoma Cancer Foundation that truly stand out over my 40 years in the industry.”
It was a night of honors for those that have helped the foundation and those have been instrumental in the fight against this form of cancer. Dr. Rex Marco, recipient of the inaugural Commitment to Care honoree, took his stroll down that catwalk at the encouragement of emcee Deborah Duncan of KHOU Channel 11. When presented his award by patients Haag Sherman and young Morgan LaRue, the good doctor fought back tears.
ASCF co-founder Missy Bellinger presented the Commitment to the Cause award to the Johnny O’Leary family. The Celebration of Survivorship award was presented to 30-year sarcoma survivor and native Houstonian, turned professional golfer, Stuart Hendley by his daughter Kamryn.
Taking bows for the evening's success were chairs Laura and Mark Dalton and Aynsley and Palmer Letzerich.
Two ladies went home particularly happy that night — ASCF board member Allie Fields, whose husband Jay, was high bidder on the fab Alexandra Knight package, and Emily Covey, who won the raffle for the dreamy diamond and violet sapphire orchid brooch, valued at $26,500, donated by Nini Jewels.
The party people included Saks Fifth Avenue GM Bobby Dees and wife Weezy, Allison and Miller Crosswell, Erin and Boyd Heath, Lisa and John Oren, Jill and Jeff Collins, Kara and Ray Childress, Molly and Andrew Montgomery, Tim Moloney, Dr. Lisa Wang, Luvi and Carlos Wheelock and Vanessa and Tony Sanchez.