A treasure trove

The influential dozen: Houston's social difference makers pick up sparkly honors

The influential dozen: Houston's social difference makers are honored

13 Jeff Henry, from left, Warner Roberts, Scott Evans and Sami Shbeeb at the Social Book Treasures dinner December 2014
Jeff Henry, from left, Warner Roberts, Scott Evans and Sami Shbeeb. Photo by © Kim Coffman
14 John Chapoton, from left, Stephanie Von Stein and Greggory and Patrick Burk at the Social Book Treasures dinner December 2014
John Chapoton, from left, Stephanie Von Stein and Greggory and Pat Burk. Photo by © Kim Coffman
10 Sue Trammell Whitfield, from left, Joanne King Herring and Jan Duncan at the Social Book Treasures dinner December 2014
Sue Trammell Whitfield, from left, Joanne King Herring and Jan Duncan. Photo by © Kim Coffman
24 Sharon Michael Owens, from left, Merele Yarborough and Sharon Staley at the Social Book Treasures dinner December 2014
Sharon Michael Owens, from left, Merele Yarborough and Sharon Staley. Photo by © Kim Coffman
6 John Thrash, from left, Kristi Schiller, Becca Cason Thrash and John Schiller at the Social Book Treasures dinner December 2014
John Thrash, from left, Kristi Schiller, Becca Cason Thrash and John Schiller. Photo by © Kim Coffman
1 Angie Roberts, from left, Samantha Kennedy, Pam Lockard and Monica Blaisdell at the Social Book Treasures dinner December 2014
Angie Roberts, from left, Samantha Kennedy, Pam Lockard and Monica Blaisdell. Photo by © Kim Coffman
11 Giorgio and Cathy Borlenghi, left, with Shafik Rifaat at the Social Book Treasures dinner December 2014
Giorgio and Cathy Borlenghi, left, with Shafik Rifaat. Photo by © Kim Coffman
25 Stacey and Bob Swift at the Social Book Treasures dinner December 2014
Stacey and Bob Swift. Photo by © Kim Coffman
23 Phyllis Williams, from left, Joann Crassas and Betty Tutor at the Social Book Treasures dinner December 2014
Phyllis Williams, from left, Joann Crassas and Betty Tutor. Photo by © Kim Coffman
20 Paul and Kristina Somerville at the Social Book Treasures dinner December 2014
Paul and Kristina Somerville. Photo by © Kim Coffman
7 Ellie Francisco, left, and Franelle Rogers at the Social Book Treasures dinner December 2014
Ellie Francisco, left, and Franelle Rogers. Photo by © Kim Coffman
4 Blake Tartt, from left, Linda Lyons Brown and George and Annette Strake at the Social Book Treasures dinner December 2014
Blake Tartt, from left, Linda Lyons Brown and George and Annette Strake. Photo by © Kim Coffman
3 Anne Carl, left, and Alicia Smith at the Social Book Treasures dinner December 2014
Anne Carl, left, and Alicia Smith. Photo by © Kim Coffman
15 Kay and Fred Zeidman at the Social Book Treasures dinner December 2014
Kay and Fred Zeidman. Photo by © Kim Coffman
26 Vivian Wise and Sergio Morales at the Social Book Treasures dinner December 2014
Vivian Wise and Sergio Morales. Photo by © Kim Coffman
13 Jeff Henry, from left, Warner Roberts, Scott Evans and Sami Shbeeb at the Social Book Treasures dinner December 2014
14 John Chapoton, from left, Stephanie Von Stein and Greggory and Patrick Burk at the Social Book Treasures dinner December 2014
10 Sue Trammell Whitfield, from left, Joanne King Herring and Jan Duncan at the Social Book Treasures dinner December 2014
24 Sharon Michael Owens, from left, Merele Yarborough and Sharon Staley at the Social Book Treasures dinner December 2014
6 John Thrash, from left, Kristi Schiller, Becca Cason Thrash and John Schiller at the Social Book Treasures dinner December 2014
1 Angie Roberts, from left, Samantha Kennedy, Pam Lockard and Monica Blaisdell at the Social Book Treasures dinner December 2014
11 Giorgio and Cathy Borlenghi, left, with Shafik Rifaat at the Social Book Treasures dinner December 2014
25 Stacey and Bob Swift at the Social Book Treasures dinner December 2014
23 Phyllis Williams, from left, Joann Crassas and Betty Tutor at the Social Book Treasures dinner December 2014
20 Paul and Kristina Somerville at the Social Book Treasures dinner December 2014
7 Ellie Francisco, left, and Franelle Rogers at the Social Book Treasures dinner December 2014
4 Blake Tartt, from left, Linda Lyons Brown and George and Annette Strake at the Social Book Treasures dinner December 2014
3 Anne Carl, left, and Alicia Smith at the Social Book Treasures dinner December 2014
15 Kay and Fred Zeidman at the Social Book Treasures dinner December 2014
26 Vivian Wise and Sergio Morales at the Social Book Treasures dinner December 2014

H-Town stars — recipients of the Social Book's Treasure Award — sparkled across a "Rhapsody in Royal Blue" tableau Sunday night that transformed the ballroom of the Royal Sonesta Hotel into a dazzling setting for dinner recognition of some of the city's brightest lights.

The annual evening pays tribute to 12 individuals and couples, their photos and bios featured in the Social Book calendar. As Treasures founder Warner Roberts noted, "The Social Book's Houston Treasure Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated an exemplary, life-long dedication and commitment to serving the community with unprecedented generosity of spirit, energy, resources, creativity and most importantly — with love. "

You could not get much better than renowned cardiologist Dr. O.H. "Bud" Frazier or more influential than Ed Wulfe or more community-minded than Merele Yarborough. The good works of Kristi and John Schiller, Helen Shaffer, Franelle Rogers and Rudy Avelar earned them Treasures status as well. The philanthropy and leadership of Cathy and Giorgio Borlenghi, Greggory and Pat Burk, Julia Anderson Frankel, Paul-David Van Atta and Sue Trammell Whitfield were also rewarded with Treasures recognition.

Wine aficionado, advisor and author Denman Moody was surprised with recognition as a special honoree.

The Houston Social Book team — Scott Evans, Jeff Henry and Sami Shbeeb — welcomed the well-heeled throng of close to 300, the guests applauding the ballroom transformation by event designer Vik Chadha and floral designer Nino Shbeeb, who worked his magic with cascades of white flowers. The gents were joined in hosting the event by Royal Sonesta GM Jeff Fuller, who took the opportunity to tout the hotel's recent multi-million dollar renovation.

Applauding the evening and honorees were guests including Bill King and Neda Ladjevardian, Mickey Rosmarin, John and Becca Cason Thrash, Betty and Jess Tutor, Barbara and Don Jordan, Dr. Jim Willerson, Molly and Jim Crownover, Kay and Fred Zeidman, Joann and Bill Crassas, Kristina and Paul Somerville, Phyllis Williams and Annette and George Strake.