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This lavish River Oaks party brings in a whopping $1.85 million for Texas Children's

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Christmas tree with gifts at the Texas Children's Ambassadors Holiday Party December 2013
The Christmas tree is surrounded with gifts at the Texas Children's Ambassadors Holiday Party. Photo by Travis Schiebel
6 Brig Smart, Marcia Smart, Mary Groves, Carter Groves at the Texas Children's Ambassadors Holiday Party December 2013
Brig and Marcia Smart, from left, and Mary and Carter Groves at the Texas Children's Ambassadors Holiday Party. Photo by Travis Schiebel
29 Nancy Calles and Dr. Mark Kline at the Texas Children's Ambassadors Holiday Party December 2013
Nancy Calles and Dr. Mark Kline at the Texas Children's Ambassadors Holiday Party. Photo by Travis Schiebel
31 scene venue at the Texas Children's Ambassadors Holiday Party December 2013
The party tent was decorated to the hilt at the Texas Children's Ambassadors Holiday Party. Photo by John R. Lewis
24 Cary and Clarease Yates, from left, Anne van Horn and Mike McSpadden at the Texas Children's Ambassadors Holiday Party December 2013
Cary and Judge Clarease Yates, from left, Anne van Horn and Judge Mike McSpadden at the Texas Children's Ambassadors Holiday Party. Photo by Travis Schiebel
12 Laura Bellows and Jack Pendergrast at the Texas Children's Ambassadors Holiday Party December 2013
Laura Bellows and Jack Pendergrast at the Texas Children's Ambassadors Holiday Party. Photo by Travis Schiebel
33 scene venue at the Texas Children's Ambassadors Holiday Party December 2013 food
The catering was delish at the Texas Children's Ambassadors Holiday Party. Photo by John R. Lewis
20 Perry Ann and John Reed at the Texas Children's Ambassadors Holiday Party December 2013 ts
Perry Ann and John Reed at the Texas Children's Ambassadors Holiday Party. Photo by Travis Schiebel
18 Glenn Bauguss and Martha Turner at the Texas Children's Ambassadors Holiday Party December 2013
Glenn Bauguss and Martha Turner at the Texas Children's Ambassadors Holiday Party. Photo by Travis Schiebel
17 Jimmy and Nancy Gordon at the Texas Children's Ambassadors Holiday Party December 2013
Jimmy and Nancy Gordon at the Texas Children's Ambassadors Holiday Party. Photo by Travis Schiebel
32 scene venue at the Texas Children's Ambassadors Holiday Party December 2013
Table settings at the Texas Children's Ambassadors Holiday Party reflected the season. Photo by John R. Lewis
Christmas tree with gifts at the Texas Children's Ambassadors Holiday Party December 2013
6 Brig Smart, Marcia Smart, Mary Groves, Carter Groves at the Texas Children's Ambassadors Holiday Party December 2013
29 Nancy Calles and Dr. Mark Kline at the Texas Children's Ambassadors Holiday Party December 2013
31 scene venue at the Texas Children's Ambassadors Holiday Party December 2013
24 Cary and Clarease Yates, from left, Anne van Horn and Mike McSpadden at the Texas Children's Ambassadors Holiday Party December 2013
12 Laura Bellows and Jack Pendergrast at the Texas Children's Ambassadors Holiday Party December 2013
33 scene venue at the Texas Children's Ambassadors Holiday Party December 2013 food
20 Perry Ann and John Reed at the Texas Children's Ambassadors Holiday Party December 2013 ts
18 Glenn Bauguss and Martha Turner at the Texas Children's Ambassadors Holiday Party December 2013
17 Jimmy and Nancy Gordon at the Texas Children's Ambassadors Holiday Party December 2013
32 scene venue at the Texas Children's Ambassadors Holiday Party December 2013

What: Texas Children's Hospital Ambassadors Holiday Party.

Where: A lavish party tent erected on the River Oaks Boulevard lot of Melissa and Brad Juneau.

The 411: Santa's helpers collected socks, shirts and underwear for stocking patient closets at the hospital as 500 guests poured in for the fifth annual holiday party. Big news of the night was the $1.85 million check presented to the hospital on behalf of the Ambassadors. Dr. Mark Kline, Texas Children's physician in chief, announced that in February the hospital will celebrate its 60th anniversary. Swift + Company did the honors with an extensive buffet served amid an enticing rustic Christmas decor.

Who: The festive throng included Laura Bellows and Jack Pendergrast, Martha Turner and Glenn Bauguss, Nancy Calles, the Rev. Laurens Hall, Judge Clarease and Cary Yates, Anne van Horn and Judge Mike McSpadden, Perry Ann and John Reed and Marcia and Brig Smart.

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