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Three Houston Rockets, 1,600 guests and $2.5 million in the bank — this gala scores big

By Shelby Hodge

Thousands and thousands of red roses set the colorful tone for the Memorial Hermann Foundation "Red and Wild" gala while Wayne Foster Entertainment provided the musical antics that i ...


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Juvenile Diabetes foundation gala raises $1.3 million and attracts political heavyweights

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Houston "Imagine the Night" gala. Where: Hilton Americas-Houston. The 411: With chairs Rachael and Jason Volz at the helm and Sen. ...


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Boots, bling and eggs? This chicken gala takes playfulness to a new level

By Shelby Hodge

What: Camp for All's "Chicken Fried Gala." Where: At the Hilton Americas-Houston. The 411: Julie and Dr. David Brown led Camp for All supporters, all 775 of them, on a playful ...


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"Field of Opportunity" gala turns into a field of green with $600,000 raised for education

By Shelby Hodge

What: Houston Community College Foundation Opportunity Ball, themed "Field of Opportunity." Where: The Hilton Americas-Houston. The 411: HCC Foundation board member Mary Williams ...


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Houston's most important hotel? This swank property overcame big doubts to change the city

By Shelby Hodge

It's a resounding success story that naysayers cried would never materialize — the city's investment in the Hilton Americas-Houston. Case in point, the convention hotel, which thi ...


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Another Bush in the White House? Enthusiastic, big money Houston audience hopes it's true

By Shelby Hodge

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush might be demuring on his thoughts about running for president in 2016 but there were those in the enthusiastic audience at the Salvation Army Annual Luncheon ...


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Two leading Houstonians earn a major honor from the Holocaust Museum

By Shelby Hodge

What: Holocaust Museum Houston Guardian of the Human Spirit Award luncheon. Where: The Hilton Americas-Houston. The 411: A record turnout of more than 1,250 guests helped raise close to $90 ...


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Stylish UNCF 25th anniversary black-tie gala raises $500,000 for scholarship fund

By Shelby Hodge

Putting a spin on the traditional United Negro College Fund message, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste," UNCF gala chair Phyllis Williams titled the 25th anniversary gala "A ...


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Breaking the mold of the traditional fundraising gala: Bobby Heugel and OKRA are floored

By Shelby Hodge

As the 900 guests at the Rice Design Alliance "Live Feed" gala poured into the Hilton Americas-Houston ballroom, there was something a little different in store. For starters, rather than ...


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Teach for America takes a bow — to the delight of city bigwigs

By Shelby Hodge

What: Teach For America annual dinner. Where: Hilton Americas-Houston. The 411: Anne and Albert Chao joined Raja Mawad as chairs of the dinner evening recognizing the leadership of some of ...


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