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One helluva party

Surprise 50th birthday bash is one for the record books as swank restaurant transformed

By Shelby Hodge

You simply would not have recognized Tony's on Saturday night. In a 17-hour transformation, the already-swank restaurant blossomed into a sophisticated dinner club for a 50th birthday bash that ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Tom Brady's Houston party goes till 2:30 a.m. — it's $5,000 passes, top chefs & O'Brien talk for Best Buddies

By Shelby Hodge

Houston's booming prosperity and Becca Cason Thrash's Midas touch were never more evident than Tuesday night, when with the toss of several footballs by New England Patriots quarterbac ...


No Horsin' Around

Billionaire UT board member with Aggie ties gives millions to new equestrian center

By Shelby Hodge

Not just any headquarters would do for one of the nation's leading college equestrian teams. So when billionaire Jeff Hildebrand and wife Mindy Hildebrand were considering a way to ho ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Conservancy celebrates 90th anniversary of Memorial Park with gala dinner — and donuts

By Shelby Hodge

Way back in 1925, the famed Hogg family turned over the 1,500 acres that today comprise Memorial Park to the city of Houston for a nominal fee under condition that the space would remain parkland. ...


Shelby's Social Diary

The Nature Conservancy hits a Rocky Mountain high with cocktails in luxe Aspen home

By Shelby Hodge

Houstonians might be escaping the torrid Gulf Coast heat with their lengthy summer sojourns to Aspen, but there is no escaping the needs of the city's non-profits which seem to be taking their ...


Billionaire Donuts

Billionaires open a new drive-thru donut shop in River Oaks: Who needs Shipley's or Dunkin?

By Shelby Hodge

Move over Shipley's and Dunkin, there's a new donut in town and this one comes with blue chip credentials starting with the name — River Oaks Donuts. So what's a 77019 family ...


One Great Night in November

MFAH black-tie dinner for heavy-hitter gents generates $1 million in art acquisitions

By Shelby Hodge

With the exhibition War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath as inspiration for the evening's theme, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's One Great Night in November s ...


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National Philanthropy Day packs in a huge crowd, draws powerful difference makers

By Shelby Hodge

Several of H-Town's top philanthropists and community leaders took bows at the 27th annual National Philanthropy Day Awards luncheon that saw the Hilton Americas-Houston ballroom fill to the br ...


Kinder is richest

The rich get richer: Tilman Fertitta joins 12 Houston billionaires on Forbes 400 list

By Whitney Radley

Texas banked on the 2012 Forbes 400 list, with 46 of the billionaires calling the Lone Star State home. Wal-Mart heiress and Fort Worth resident Alice Walton (No. 8, with a ...


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Who is the Iron Sommelier? A spirited, playful tasting at The Houstonian reveals the wine truth

By Shelby Hodge

The vino flowed at The Houstonian as proud sommeliers presented their best before a thirsty audience of 300 supporters of the Periwinkle Foundation. With 50 different wines representing regions ran ...


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