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Angels in the house, record-breaking raffle and dreamy designer fashions make for a heavenly luncheon

Angels, glam fashions & record-breaking raffle make for heavenly lunch

News, Shelby, Angels of Hope luncheon, Dec. 2014, Tracy Eklund, Sonya Galvan, Tessa Lesley, Carl Stutts
Tracy Eklund, from left, Sonya Galvan,Tessa Lesley and Carl Stutts. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Angels of Hope luncheon, Dec. 2014, Caroline Finkelstein, Bob Devlin, Stephanie Cockrell
Caroline Finkelstein, left, Bob Devlin and Stephanie Cockrell. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Angels of Hope luncheon, Dec. 2014, Clayton Erikson, Lynda Lighthouse Transier, Christine Transier
Clayton Erikson, from left, Lynda Lighthouse Transier and Christine Transier. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Angels of Hope luncheon, Dec. 2014, Gina Gaston, Millette Sherman
Gina Gaston, left, and Millette Sherman. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Angels of Hope luncheon, Dec. 2014, Lesha Elsenbrook, Ashley Birdwell
Lesha Elsenbrook, left, and Ashley Birdwell. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Angels of Hope luncheon, Dec. 2014, Cheryl Byington, Rosemary Schatzman
Cheryl Byington, from left, Rosemary Schatzman and Tracy Eklund. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Jenna Junnell, left, and Sveta Darnell at the Angels of Hope luncheon December 2014
Jenna Junnell, left, and Sveta Darnell. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Brandi Maxwell, left, and Kay Championmont at the Angels of Hope luncheon December 2014
Brandi Maxwell, left, and Kay Championmont. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, Angels of Hope luncheon, Dec. 2014, Tracy Eklund, Sonya Galvan, Tessa Lesley, Carl Stutts
News, Shelby, Angels of Hope luncheon, Dec. 2014, Caroline Finkelstein, Bob Devlin, Stephanie Cockrell
News, Shelby, Angels of Hope luncheon, Dec. 2014, Clayton Erikson, Lynda Lighthouse Transier, Christine Transier
News, Shelby, Angels of Hope luncheon, Dec. 2014, Gina Gaston, Millette Sherman
News, Shelby, Angels of Hope luncheon, Dec. 2014, Lesha Elsenbrook, Ashley Birdwell
News, Shelby, Angels of Hope luncheon, Dec. 2014, Cheryl Byington, Rosemary Schatzman
Jenna Junnell, left, and Sveta Darnell at the Angels of Hope luncheon December 2014
Brandi Maxwell, left, and Kay Championmont at the Angels of Hope luncheon December 2014

Carolina Herrera's dreamy spring fashions were icing on the cake of the annual Friends of Child Advocates' Angels of Hope luncheon that filled the Hilton Americas-Houston ballroom with some of the city's most fashionable and committed community leaders. With Stephanie Cockrell and Carol Finkelstein as chairs, how could it be anything less?

Add the dynamism of Child Advocates directors at large Lucinda Loya, Rosemary Schatzman and Lesha Elsenbrook combined with the gravity of the mission of ending the cycle of child abuse and it comes as no surprise that 600 guests raised $435,000. In an interesting turn in fundraising, the raffle raised a record $46,300. Among the 10 raffle items were a pair of Tony Benattar boots from Pinto Ranch, a three-night stay at Canyon Ranch, ladies luncheon for eight at Tony's and two tickets to Carolina Herrera's fall show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in February.

The Neiman Marcus fashion presentation of the Herrera fashions was followed by a glam NM pop-up shop in the ballroom lobby, providing the ladies the opportunity to get their hands on the beautiful designs and place their orders.

The luncheon honored long-time Child Advocates supporters Tessa Lesley and Carl Stutts. He served as a court-appointed advocate for many years, helping 16 children. Joining them in the program was Neiman Marcus GM Bob Devlin, Child Advocates CEO Sonya Galvan and Friends of Child Advocates president Tracy Eklund.

Among the fashionable ladies were Kelli Blanton, Y. Ping Sun, Mindy Hildebrand, Lynda Lighthouse Transier, Christine Transier, Jeanie Kilroy, Katya Dow, Ursaline Hamilton, Tricia Dewhurst and Nadine Boutros.