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Glittering holiday bash with "dripping jewels" tree raises close to $1 million for the homeless

Glittering holiday bash raises close to $1 million for the homeless

6 Lynn Wyatt, from left, with Lee and Faith Majors at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2014
Lynn Wyatt, left, with Lee and Faith Majors. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
4 Fady Armanious and  Claudia Lobao at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2014
Tootsies' Fady Armanious and jewelry designer Claudia Lobao. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
2 Jim and Sherry Smith, from left, and Jaci and Jim Smith Jr. at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2014
Honorees Jim and Sherry Smith Sr., left, with Jaci and Jim Smith Jr. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
12 Rachel and Christopher Boehler at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2014
Chairs Rachel and Christopher Boehler. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
27 Debbie Chenevert, from left, with John and Elizabeth Stiver at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2014
Debbie Chenevert, left, with John and Elizabeth Stiver. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
26 Mark and Maura Montgomery, from left, and Jim and Terry Prather at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2014
Mark and Maura Montgomery, left, with Jim and Terry Prather. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
25 Randall and Crystal Wright at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2014
Randall and Crystal Wright. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
24 Tyler Van Houtan, from left, Scott and Melenie Rothwell and Emily Van Houtan at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2014
Tyler Van Houtan, from left, Scott and Melenie Rothwell and Emily Van Houtan. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
23 Lara Bell with the Nordic Moose at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2014
Lara Bell gets up close and personal with a reindeer. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
20 Kathy and Stuart Dupuy, from left, with Grace Dupuy at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2014
Kathy and Stuart Dupuy, left, with Grace Dupuy. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
19 Eric and Carly Beckham, from left, and JaNae and Steve Lyon at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2014
Eric and Carly Beckham, left, with JaNae and Steve Lyon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
18 John and Kristen Berger at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2014.
John and Kristen Berger. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
15 DeeDee and Wallis Marsh at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2014
DeeDee and Wallis Marsh. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
17 Roseann Rogers, left, and Mauri Oliver at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2014
Roseann Rogers, left, and Mauri Oliver. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
9 Heather and Richard Holmes at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2014
Heather and Richard Holmes. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
6 Lynn Wyatt, from left, with Lee and Faith Majors at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2014
4 Fady Armanious and  Claudia Lobao at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2014
2 Jim and Sherry Smith, from left, and Jaci and Jim Smith Jr. at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2014
12 Rachel and Christopher Boehler at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2014
27 Debbie Chenevert, from left, with John and Elizabeth Stiver at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2014
26 Mark and Maura Montgomery, from left, and Jim and Terry Prather at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2014
25 Randall and Crystal Wright at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2014
24 Tyler Van Houtan, from left, Scott and Melenie Rothwell and Emily Van Houtan at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2014
23 Lara Bell with the Nordic Moose at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2014
20 Kathy and Stuart Dupuy, from left, with Grace Dupuy at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2014
19 Eric and Carly Beckham, from left, and JaNae and Steve Lyon at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2014
18 John and Kristen Berger at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2014.
15 DeeDee and Wallis Marsh at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2014
17 Roseann Rogers, left, and Mauri Oliver at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2014
9 Heather and Richard Holmes at the Trees of Hope Gala November 2014

River Oaks Country Club was shimmering in Christmas trees and holiday decorations Friday night as Trees of Hope hosted the 25th annual benefit for children's programs at the Star of Hope homeless shelter. Santa baby was on their side as the holiday sparkle inspired loads of giving that totaled more than $900,000.

The "Silver Bell Ball" (silver, after all, is the 25th anniversary gift) honored three generations of the late Katherine and Orrien Smith family for more than 60 years of support of Star of Hope. Sherry and Jim Smith Sr. and Jaci and Jim Smith Jr. were honored along with the memory of the elder Smiths. Trees of Hope gala honorary chair Lynn Wyatt, who has been on board since the Trees of Hope founding in 1990, presented honors to the philanthropic Smith family.

Highlight of this colorful evening is always the collection of fab holiday decorations offered in a lively silent auction. The featured tree on this night was the "Dripping Jewels" tree courtesy of jewelry designer Claudia Lobao and Tootsies. The tree was loaded with the designer's popular pieces, no other decorations needed. Lobao was in from home base in San Antonio to attend the black-tie evening with Tootsies' Fady Armanious.

Adding a special holiday note to the evening was the song and dance performance by children from Star of Hope.

Applause, applause to gala chairs Rachel and Christopher Boehler and Laura and Steve Jones, who oversaw the dinner evening for 500 guests.

The festive crowd included Terri and John Havens, Lesha and Tom Elsenbrook, June Waggoner, Sommer and Lucian Bukowski, Terry and Jim Prather, Leigh Smith, Kristen and John Berger, Ann and Clarence Cazelot and Nina and Edd Hendee. Also joining the party were Jim Smith Sr.'s sisters, Suzanne Lyons and Mary Kay Freeman.