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Ridiculous traffic jam can't keep revelers from holiday party at River Oaks mansion

Traffic jam can't keep guests from holiday party at River Oaks mansion

News, Shelby, Holiday Schmooze, Dec. 2014, Jeff Smith, Kathryn Smith, John Evatz,
Party hosts Jeff and Kathryn Smith, from left, with John Evatz and Brian Williams. Photo by Jacob Power
News, Shelby, Holiday Schmooze, Dec. 2014, Parker Witt
Parker Witt, Jerry Williams, Jim Mzyk and Ken Council. Photo by Jacob Power
News, Shelby, Holiday Schmooze, Dec. 2014, Katherine Phelps
Katherine Phelps, left, with Bo and Courtney Hopson. Photo by Jacob Power
News, Shelby, Holiday Schmooze, Dec. 2014, Mark Sullivan, Christie Sulivan
Mark and Christi Sullivan. Photo by Jacob Power
News, Holiday Schmooze, Dec. 2014, Jackson Hicks, Milton Townsend
Jackson Hicks, left, and Milton Townsend. Photo by Jacob Power
News, Shelby, Holiday Schmooze, Dec. 2014, Terry Wayne Jones
Terry Wayne Jones, Jani Lopez and Jay Jones. Photo by Jacob Power
News, Shelby, Holiday Schmooze, Dec. 2014, Lauren Hall, Sid Moorhead
Lauren Hall and Sid Moorhead. Photo by Jacob Power
News, Shelby, Holiday Schmooze, Dec. 2014, Stan Neeley and Robin Vermeil
Stan Neeley and Robin Vermeil. Photo by Jacob Power
News, Shelby, Holiday Schmooze, Dec. 2014, Jai Daggett and Eric Martinez
Jai Daggett and Tim Martinez Photo by Jacob Power
News, Shelby, Holiday Schmooze, Dec. 2014, Kathryn Smith
Kathryn Smith, from left, Julie Oliver, Elizabeth DeLuca and Bethany Hughes. Photo by Jacob Power
News, Shelby, Holiday Schmooze, Dec. 2014 David LaDuke
David LaDuke and Gary Hammett. Photo by Jacob Power
News, Shelby, Holiday Schmooze, Dec. 2014, Bounds
Jesse and Gloria Bounds. Photo by Jacob Power
News, Shelby, Holiday Schmooze, C.C. Conner, David Grover, Dec. 2014
C.C. Conner, left, and David Groover. Photo by Jacob Power
News, Shelby, Holiday Schmooze, Dec. 2014, Cheryl Byington, June Christensen
Cheryl Byington, left, and June Christensen. Photo by Jacob Power
News, Shelby, Holiday Schmooze, Dec. 2014, Bryan Hlavinka, David Theisen
Bryan Hlavinka, left, and David Theisen. Photo by Jacob Power
News, Shelby, Holiday Schmooze, Dec. 2014, Jeff Smith, Kathryn Smith, John Evatz,
News, Shelby, Holiday Schmooze, Dec. 2014, Parker Witt
News, Shelby, Holiday Schmooze, Dec. 2014, Katherine Phelps
News, Shelby, Holiday Schmooze, Dec. 2014, Mark Sullivan, Christie Sulivan
News, Holiday Schmooze, Dec. 2014, Jackson Hicks, Milton Townsend
News, Shelby, Holiday Schmooze, Dec. 2014, Terry Wayne Jones
News, Shelby, Holiday Schmooze, Dec. 2014, Lauren Hall, Sid Moorhead
News, Shelby, Holiday Schmooze, Dec. 2014, Stan Neeley and Robin Vermeil
News, Shelby, Holiday Schmooze, Dec. 2014, Jai Daggett and Eric Martinez
News, Shelby, Holiday Schmooze, Dec. 2014, Kathryn Smith
News, Shelby, Holiday Schmooze, Dec. 2014 David LaDuke
News, Shelby, Holiday Schmooze, Dec. 2014, Bounds
News, Shelby, Holiday Schmooze, C.C. Conner, David Grover, Dec. 2014
News, Shelby, Holiday Schmooze, Dec. 2014, Cheryl Byington, June Christensen
News, Shelby, Holiday Schmooze, Dec. 2014, Bryan Hlavinka, David Theisen

Even the ridiculous traffic jam at Shepherd and Inwood could not thwart the enthusiasm of partygoers headed for the ever-popular, annual Holiday Schmooze benefitting Legacy Community Health Services.

For the few who lived in the neighborhood and just couldn't take the hassle, it was a beautiful night for walking and a number did, still in the holiday spirit when arriving at the Christmas-dressed home of Kathryn and Jeff Smith. As is tradition, this fundraiser is held in a spectacular home with Jackson Hicks and his Jackson and Co. providing the party fare and libation merriment. 

As Legacy executive director Katy Caldwell said in her brief remarks to the gathering, "Since the beginning of Schmooze in 1996, generous donors like you have contributed well over $1 million dollars to support HIV/AIDS programs and services. For that we are thankful and this could not have happened without Jackson Hicks and Jackson and Co.'s generous support."

After visiting the buffet table laden with cheeses, roasted asparagus, olives, apples and steaming cups of shrimp bisque, the 200 guests spilled over onto the patio and around the swimming pool on this night that was perfect for al fresco fundraising.

"The Holiday Schmooze is one of our most important events toward support of our HIV programs," Caldwell said. "It fills in the gaps that are not funded. So it really does meet a critical need."

Among supporters were Legacy's Chree Boydston, plus June Christensen, Pat Breen, Christie and Mike Sullivan, Melanie Gray, Bryan Hlavinka and David Theisen, Courtney and Bo Hopson, Sid Moorhead, Jennifer Roosth, Nick Espinosa, C. C Conner and David Groover and, our personal fave, Milton Townsend.