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65th annual celebration

1,000 lawyers party in River Oaks: These Legal Eagles only want to do good

By Shelby Hodge

It's one of those must see-and-be-seen events for the legal community, the annual Harvest Celebration that raises funds for pro bono legal services for the poor, provided by members of Hou ...


A $500 Million Night

$500 million in jewels on display at a River Oaks mansion, putting security on edge

By Shelby Hodge

Never, ever in Houston, maybe never in the modern world, has there been under one roof a beyond-dazzling collection of purchasable jewelry totaling half a billion dollars. Yes, that was a "b&q ...


Obama's River Oaks Night

What really happened at President Obama's Houston dinner: Inside details on exclusive River Oaks fundraiser

By Shelby Hodge

When trial lawyer and tobacco buster John Eddie Williams and his glamorous wife Sheridan built their second expansive home in River Oaks, they made sure that there was ample room for lavish en ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Wine lassos up an all-time record price: Big spenders plunk down $1.7 million at Rodeo auction

By Shelby Hodge

Rodeo champion wine auction regulars John Eddie Williams, Paul Somerville, Tom and Mimi Dompier and Joe Van Matre head huddled, just before the chichi dinner was served at Reliant Ce ...


Clinton's Secret Houston Night

Bill Clinton's secret Houston night: Former prez jets in for dinner at posh River Oaks mansion

By Shelby Hodge

Former President Bill Clinton swept into town well under the radar on Tuesday for a chichi benefit dinner at the palatial River Oaks home of Sheridan and John Williams, Texas tobacco attorney and&n ...


Top A-List Hot Spots

10 top hot spots where Houston's A-listers — and those who want to be — hang out

By Shelby Hodge

Oh, to be in the right place at the right time, all of the time! With H-Town's restaurant and bar scene ever expanding in tandem with the growing population, keeping up with the swells and thei ...


Celebrating a big 20th

President George W. Bush and six top toques headline Baker Institute 20th anniversary celebration

By Shelby Hodge

The sleek invitations hit mailboxes earlier this week as the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy gears up for a spectacular 20th anniversary celebration with former President George ...


Shelby About Town

Houstonians party and play across the country; tennis star works out in H-Town

By Shelby Hodge

Escaping the torrid temps of July in Houston, a handful of Houston Grand Opera patrons recently made the annual sojourn to Santa Fe, N.M., for a round of parties and performances. In between ga ...


Shelby's Social Diary

A dream day: Houston power couple renews their vows (again) on a mega yacht along the French Riviera

By Shelby Hodge

When Sheridan and John Eddie Williams last celebrated a renewal of their wedding vows, it was 10 years ago in a chapel in Las Vegas and "Elvis" conducted the ceremony. For their 15th wedd ...


Star power

Emmitt Smith, Bill O'Reilly and Sophia Loren among celebs headlining Houston benefits

By Shelby Hodge

Just as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and Forbes are touting Houston as the epicenter of the country's economic health, so local non-profits are beating the drums over the wealth ...


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