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Besties join forces with Downton Abbey-themed party and raise big bucks for non-profit

Besties join forces with Downton Abbey-themed bash, raise big bucks

Cindy Burns, from left, Martha Turner, Trini Mendenhall and Harriet Hart at The Women's Home Gala November 2014
Cindy Burns, from left, Martha Turner, Trini Mendenhall and Harriet Hart. Photo by © Gary Maltz/Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Marie Dang, from left, Kristen McDaniel and Melina McCarty at The Women's Home Gala November 2014
Marie Dang, from left, Kristen McDaniel and Melina McCarty. Photo by © Gary Maltz/Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Thorndike Howe, from left, Jim White and David Danielson at The Women's Home Gala November 2014
Thorndike Howe, from left, Jim White and David Danielson. Photo by © Gary Maltz/Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Chloe DiLeo, from left, Carolyn Farb and Brenda White at The Women's Home Gala November 2014
Chloe DiLeo, from left, Carolyn Farb and Brenda White. Photo by © Gary Maltz/Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Place Setting at The Women's Home Gala November 2014
A place setting. Photo by © Gary Maltz/Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Linda and Phil Lewis at The Women's Home Gala November 2014
Linda and Phil Lewis. Photo by © Gary Maltz/Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Lily Zhang, from left, Chloe DiLeo, Sineha Merchant, Mandy Kao, Ming Burdett and Chau Nguyen at The Women's Home Gala November 2014
Lily Zhang, from left, Chloe DiLeo, Sneha Merchant, Mandy Kao, Ming Burdett and Chau Nguyen. Photo by © Gary Maltz/Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
O'Niel Mendenhall, from left, Cindy Burns and Jan Mendenhall at The Women's Home Gala November 2014
O'Niel Mendenhall, from left, Cindy Burns and Jan Mendenhall. Photo by © Gary Maltz/Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Alden Clark and Cynthia Hinesley at The Women's Home Gala November 2014
Alden Clark and Cynthia Hinesley. Photo by © Gary Maltz/Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Jordan and Paula Paust at The Women's Home Gala November 2014
Jordan and Paula Paust. Photo by © Gary Maltz/Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Brian and Mary Arnold at The Women's Home Gala November 2014
Brian and Mary Arnold. Photo by © Gary Maltz/Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Harriet Hart and Sonny Wallace at The Women's Home Gala November 2014
Harriet Hart and Sonny Wallace. Photo by © Gary Maltz/Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Trini Mendenhall and Oniel Mendenhall at The Women's Home Gala November 2014
Trini Mendenhall and her son, Oniel Mendenhall. Photo by © Gary Maltz/Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Cindy Burns, from left, Martha Turner, Trini Mendenhall and Harriet Hart at The Women's Home Gala November 2014
Marie Dang, from left, Kristen McDaniel and Melina McCarty at The Women's Home Gala November 2014
Thorndike Howe, from left, Jim White and David Danielson at The Women's Home Gala November 2014
Chloe DiLeo, from left, Carolyn Farb and Brenda White at The Women's Home Gala November 2014
Place Setting at The Women's Home Gala November 2014
Linda and Phil Lewis at The Women's Home Gala November 2014
Lily Zhang, from left, Chloe DiLeo, Sineha Merchant, Mandy Kao, Ming Burdett and Chau Nguyen at The Women's Home Gala November 2014
O'Niel Mendenhall, from left, Cindy Burns and Jan Mendenhall at The Women's Home Gala November 2014
Alden Clark and Cynthia Hinesley at The Women's Home Gala November 2014
Jordan and Paula Paust at The Women's Home Gala November 2014
Brian and Mary Arnold at The Women's Home Gala November 2014
Harriet Hart and Sonny Wallace at The Women's Home Gala November 2014
Trini Mendenhall and Oniel Mendenhall at The Women's Home Gala November 2014

What: The Women's Home annual gala themed "An Evening at Downtown Abbey," a Houston riff on the popular PBS series Downton Abbey.

Where: The Corinthian.

The 411: Dressed in pearls, long gloves and slinky gowns reminiscent of the British TV series, gala chairs Martha Turner, Cindy Burns and Harriet Hart stirred up a load of fun in honor of the honoree who happens to be one of their closest friends, Trini Mendenhall. With Dominique Sachse serving as mistress of ceremonies, the evening earned $365,000 for the non-profit that aids women in crisis.

Who: Stepping out in Downton Abbey style were Jan and Oniel Mendenhall, Mandy and William Kao, Diane Riley, Kay and Renee Joyce, Brenda and Jim White, Carolyn Farb, Janice and Charlie Hall, Sue Trammell Whitfield, Joanne King Herring and Sneha and Nick Merchant.