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Fertitta River Oaks mansion grander than the North Pole for M.D. Anderson Children's fundraiser

Fertitta River Oaks mansion grander than the North Pole for fundraiser

News, MD Anderson Santa's Elves, Dec. 2015, Paige Fertitta,
Paige Fertitta welcomes Santa and the Houston Children's Chorus to the M.D. Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital Santa's Elves event. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, M.D.Anderson Santa's Elves, Dec. 2015, John B. Connally IV, Diane Connally, John Connally, Nellie Connally
John B. Connally IV, Diane Connally, John B. Connally III, Nellie Connally. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
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Gregory Fourticq, Patsy Fourticq. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Shelby, MD Anderson Santa's Elves, Dec. 2015, Courtney Hill Fertitta, Jason Fertitta
Courtney Hill Fertitta, Jason Fertitta. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, MD Anderson Santa's Elves, Dec. 2015, Enid Sanchez, Dr. Roland Maldonado, Patti Murphy
Santa baby, Enid Sanchez, Dr. Roland Maldonado, Patti Murphy. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
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Dave Santamaria, Laine Santamaria, Kristin Thrasher, David Thrasher. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, MD Anderson Santa's Elves, Dec. 2015, John Kruse, Claire Kruse, Brooke Rushing, Holding Rushing
John Kruse, Claire Kruse, Holding Rushing, Brooke Rushing. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, MD Anderson Santa's Elves, Dec. 2015, Andrew Huant, Patricia Smith, Chong Yi, Miguel Cortez
Andrew Huang, Patricia Smith, Chong Yi, Miguel Cortez. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, MD Anderson Santa's Elves, Dec. 2015, Margaret Pearce, Eric Doyal
Margaret Pearce, Eric Doyal. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, MD Anderson Santa's Elves, Dec. 2015, Bently Kamin, Morgan Bellows
Bently Kamin, Morgan Bellows. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, MD Anderson Santa's Elves, Dec. 2015, Rick DeToto, Jaime Reyna
Rick DeToto, Jaime Reyna. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, MD Anderson Santa's Elves, Dec. 2015, AMir Davoody, Rana Mehr
Amir Davoody, Rana Mehr. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, MD Anderson Santa's Elves, Dec. 2015, Rose Cullen and her granddaughters
Rose Cullen and her granddaughters. Photo by Shelby Hodge
News, MD Anderson Santa's Elves, Dec. 2015, Shaun Sylvester, Tiffany Sylvester, Merideth Miller, Andy Miller
Shaun Sylvester, Tiffany Sylvester, Merideth Miller, Andy Miller. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, MD Anderson Santa's Elves, Dec. 2015, Derek Potts, Amanda Fox
Derek Potts, Amanda Fox. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, MD Anderson Santa's Elves, Dec. 2015, Amber Lewis, Kyle Rottet, Ruthie Chan
Amber Lewis, Kyle Rottet, Ruthie Chan. © Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, MD Anderson Santa's Elves, Dec. 2015, Paige Fertitta,
News, M.D.Anderson Santa's Elves, Dec. 2015, John B. Connally IV, Diane Connally, John Connally, Nellie Connally
News, M.D.Anderson Santa's Elves, Dec. 2015, Gregory Fourticq, Patsy Fourticq
News, Shelby, MD Anderson Santa's Elves, Dec. 2015, Courtney Hill Fertitta, Jason Fertitta
News, MD Anderson Santa's Elves, Dec. 2015, Enid Sanchez, Dr. Roland Maldonado, Patti Murphy
News, MD Anderson Santa's Elves, Dec. 2015, Dave Santamaria, Laine Santamaria, Kristin thrasher, David Thrasher
News, MD Anderson Santa's Elves, Dec. 2015, John Kruse, Claire Kruse, Brooke Rushing, Holding Rushing
News, MD Anderson Santa's Elves, Dec. 2015, Andrew Huant, Patricia Smith, Chong Yi, Miguel Cortez
News, MD Anderson Santa's Elves, Dec. 2015, Margaret Pearce, Eric Doyal
News, MD Anderson Santa's Elves, Dec. 2015, Bently Kamin, Morgan Bellows
News, MD Anderson Santa's Elves, Dec. 2015, Rick DeToto, Jaime Reyna
News, MD Anderson Santa's Elves, Dec. 2015, AMir Davoody, Rana Mehr
News, MD Anderson Santa's Elves, Dec. 2015, Rose Cullen and her granddaughters
News, MD Anderson Santa's Elves, Dec. 2015, Shaun Sylvester, Tiffany Sylvester, Merideth Miller, Andy Miller
News, MD Anderson Santa's Elves, Dec. 2015, Derek Potts, Amanda Fox
News, MD Anderson Santa's Elves, Dec. 2015, Amber Lewis, Kyle Rottet, Ruthie Chan

The stockings were hung by the chimneys (yes, chimneys) with care and St. Nicholas was already there when doors opened on the annual M.D. Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital "Santa's Elves" fundraiser, held at the River Oaks home of Paige and Tilman Fertitta.

On the 10th anniversary of the holiday-themed fete, The Events Co. dressed the expansive home and gardens with miles of garlands, a forest of Christmas trees and dazzling lights that wrapped the oaks which spread across the vast lawn. The Houston Children's Chorus was anchored on the curving staircase to welcome guests with their angelic voices while Santa was stationed in the backyard with his sleigh and two hay-munching reindeer.

As guests strolled the resort-like pool and garden setting on this balmy night, a string quartet performed while uniformed wait staff circled through making sure that all among the 400 supporters were well fed and watered. Landry's put on its always-amazing buffet spread.

The Galleria and Simon Property Group sponsored the festive party that raised more than $100,000 for the hospital's Arts in Medicine program. The Giving Tree with mystery pull gifts provided by Galleria luxury retailers raised more than $4,000.

On hand to thank supporters were founders of the "Santa's Elves" event — Patsy Fourticq, Gregory Fourticq Jr., Diane and John B. Connally III and Courtney Hill Fertitta and Jason Fertitta.

Joining this festive scene were John B. Connally IV, Nellie Connally, Janet and Mike Fourticq, Mary and Tim Cobb, Margaret Pearce and Eric Doyal, Brooke and Holding Rushing, Katie Lucia and Kyle Rottet, Dr. Roland Maldonado, Enid Sanchez, Patti Murphy and The Events Co.'s Richard Flowers.