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Circus carnival gala with stilt walkers, jugglers and carousel horses raises $700,000 for Covenant House

By Shelby Hodge

You won't meet a more fun-loving, civic-minded trio than Cheryl Bobbit, Angela James and Jo Ann Petersen. As chairs of Convenant House Texas' "Circus Carnivale" gala, they pr ...


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Supermarket chain honored for "Making a Difference" in Houston's East End

By Shelby Hodge

What: El Centro de Corazón "Making a Difference" luncheon. Where: Hilton Americas-Houston. The 411: Philamena and Arthur Baird chaired the fundraiser that honored H-E-B for ...


Patriotic evening

Two ex-presidents, a media blackout and a sellout crowd add up to $1.2 million for major hospital

By Shelby Hodge

Despite the media not being allowed to cover President George W. Bush's conversation with venerable newsman Bob Schieffer, Texas Children's Cancer Center was able to shout from the roo ...


Dream Lives After Priest Death

Beloved Houston priest's dream lives on after death: Record $2.6 million raised for his city-changing school

By Shelby Hodge

The legacy of the much-beloved Father TJ Martinez, founder of Cristo Rey Jesuit, shown brightly throughout the ballroom of the Hilton Americas-Houston where more than 1,200 revelers raised a record ...


Ladies of the Nile

Hunky near naked "guards" and a snake charmer make this distinctive women power gala unforgettable

By Shelby Hodge

When Winter Ball chairs Elizabeth Stein and Patti Murphy selected "A Night on the Nile" as the theme of the annual Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America gala, they could hardly ...


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Houston's most generous people: National Philanthropy Day honors the Bayou City's world changers

By Shelby Hodge

The true measure of Houston's philanthropic momentum is witnessed each fall with the annual National Philanthropy Day "Changing the World" awards luncheon. Wednesday's event was n ...


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Rice Design Alliance gala draws top names in the field to salute beloved architect

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Rice Design Alliance gala, "Draw." Where: The Hilton Americas-Houston. The 411: The late William D. Kendall, founder of Kendall/Heaton Associates, was honored posthumous ...


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Star comedian swoops into Houston, goes on a selfie binge and helps raise $1.95 million for local families

By Shelby Hodge

What: Boys and Girls Country Heritage Award Dinner. Where: Hilton Americas-Houston. The 411: Laughter and more laughter filled the hotel ballroom as comedian Jeff Foxworthy rode the hu ...


$1 Million Halloween Party

A $1 million Halloween party: No slutty costumes, just classy and rich in giving

By Shelby Hodge

Getting a jumpstart on Halloween revelry, Ronald McDonald House filled the ballroom of the Hilton Americas-Houston with a sellout cotillion of 1,000 costumed revelers Friday night for its ...


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World's leading builders, investors & thinkers headed to Houston and the preview's already bringing buzz

By Shelby Hodge

What: Urban Land Institute Mixer. Where: Brennan's of Houston. The 411: This VIP kickoff for the ULI's global spring meeting honored internationally renowned developer Gerald H ...


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