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Lots of laughter and loot

Presidential library enjoys a windfall as raucous comedian plays funny with liberal politics

By Shelby Hodge

There were probably few yellow dog Democrats in the ballroom of the Royal Sonesta for the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation dinner Thursday night. And that would be a good thing as c ...


$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 ...


Bush Daughter Shares Memories

Bush daughter shares family memories and details of new project at SPA luncheon

By Heather Staible

The Society for the Performing Arts set the stage for another artful season, drawing a stellar crowd to its annual luncheon, which raised more than $200,000. Keynote speaker Lauren Bush Lauren adde ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Big Brothers Big Sisters gala celebrates the call to make a difference

By Shelby Hodge

The call to make a difference, even one person at a time, resonated throughout the Omni Houston Hotel ballroom where Big Brothers Big Sisters gathered a black-tie crowd of 400 in support of the non ...


Shelby's Social Diary

The most influential crowd ever? Community Champions take a preview bow at River Oaks manse

By Shelby Hodge

"A phenomenal list of philanthropic boldfaces" — what better way to describe the honorees who will walk the runway as Community Champions at the "Celebration of Champions" ...


School Days

Sports biggies return to the classroom with Neil Bush and hit the books to promote literacy

By Shelby Hodge

With classes now in session and National Literacy Month starting Sept. 1, what better time than now for literacy advocates to ring the school bell in promotion of reading? The Barbara Bush Houston ...


Bush cleans house

Bush cleans house: Auction items include presidential memories from 41 and 43

By Barbara Kuntz

If furniture could talk, a lot of family memories — and maybe a few presidential secrets — would come forward in an ongoing auction taking place in Houston. Sharon Bush, the former ...


Star-Packed Breakfast

One star-packed River Oaks breakfast: The mayor, seven city council members and a TV news star step up

By Shelby Hodge

What: Houston Center for Literacy Mayor’s Literacy Leadership Award Breakfast. Where: River Oaks Country Club. The 411: For the third consecutive year Ellie Francisco and Le ...


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Barbara Bush gets an $80,000 surprise at a stunning River Oaks mansion — as cocktails do good

By Shelby Hodge

There are few, if any, homes in River Oaks lovelier than the French-flavored abode of Terri and John Havens and the couple has been more than generous in sharing their chateau splendor with numerou ...


Barbara Bush's $2.9 Million Night

George H.W. Bush raps (no, really) and the Bill Clinton bromance's examined in a $2.9 million night for reading

By Tarra Gaines

Presidential and literary stars lit up the Hobby Center for A Celebration of Reading, the annual benefit for the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation. With Barbara Bush opening the celebra ...


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