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Gorillas in Our Midst

It's a swinging time at Zoo Ball as black-tie guests get sneak peek of new $28 million gorilla habitat

By Shelby Hodge

Houston Zoo's newest residents — a troupe of seven western lowland gorillas — were so nonchalant as the focal point of the Zoo Ball Saturday night that the black-tie crowd migh ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Red-hot, black-tie gala puts $1.1 million in the bank as Houston's heavy-hitters show their Heart

By Shelby Hodge

As is tradition with the American Heart Association annual Heart Ball, this year themed "Ignite the Night," the ladies wore red and the greenbacks flowed. And, man, did they flow at the H ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Red hot gala with Latin samba sensation is a musical hit for Society for the Performing Arts

By Shelby Hodge

How to remain in your dinner chair when Brazil's samba sensation and Latin Grammy Award winner Diogo Nogueira is churning out his seductive sounds on stage? Just ask the 400 or so bla ...


Shelby About Town

Sheila Jackson Lee's daughter weds, Clarence Thomas revisits Tony's and a cookbook success

By Shelby Hodge

The scene was beyond special at Haven when Austin Hanson and his mother, Belinda Hillhouse, presented a check for $150,000 to the Arc of Greater Houston, proceeds earned from sale of their cookbook ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Houston Children's Charity's Grease-themed bash with Olivia Newton-John scores $1.2 million

By Shelby Hodge

The gal's still got it. Just ask the crowd that packed the ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Houston as they turned out to hear Olivia Newton-John and to support Houston Children's Ch ...


Shelby's Social Diary

On this ooh-la-la night, Memorial Hermann celebrated a $2.7 million windfall amid French delights

By Shelby Hodge

No need to re-invent this fab gala. The Memorial Hermann Foundation seems to get it right every year and with its "C'est la Vie" black-tie bash on Saturday, they scored big on every l ...


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Rita Rudner beats Joan Rivers: Less caustic jokes and a record $825,000 for Women's Center

By Shelby Hodge

Houston Area Women's Center supporters were kicking up their heels at the Omni Houston Hotel Four Riverway Friday evening with a generous crowd of 550 that raised a record $825,000. The fun was ...


Shelby About Town

Top-tier United Way donors commit $15 million to the cause, $1 million more than last year

By Shelby Hodge

If there is any question about this city's generosity, one need look no further than the United Way and its premier donor group, the Alexis de Tocqueville Society. With 800 participants, those ...


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Anesthesia was the subject, but the Alley was anything but sleepy at Ether Dome world premiere

By Shelby Hodge

What could be more appropriate than launching a world premiere play dealing with the discovery of anesthesia in Houston, home of the world-renowned Texas Medical Center? That was the feeling among ...


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Houston Food Bank Chefs' Dinner celebrates a $56-million capital campaign with a fundraiser

By Shelby Hodge

Put a handful of top toques in the same kitchen at the same time and you're guaranteed to have a splendid dinner. That's the thinking behind the Houston Food Bank Chefs' Dinner, which r ...


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