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Ways to improve memory is hot topic at River Oaks luncheon that rakes in close to half a million dollars

By Shelby Hodge

What: Amazing Place's ninth annual luncheon. Where: River Oaks Country Club. The 411: Stephanie and Frank Tsuru and Lisa and John Walker chaired the event that brought in $465,000 ...


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" ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Famous comedian drives a River Oaks crowd to tears as Arnold Schwarzenegger makes a surprise "appearance"

By Shelby Hodge

Former President George W. Bush and Arnold Schwarzenegger might not have really been in the ballroom at River Oaks Country Club, but if you closed your eyes, you would've sw ...


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River Oaks gala brings out doctors galore: It's a distinctive, big money night

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Blue Bird Circle "Mark of Distinction" black-tie gala celebrating 90 years of service in the Houston community. Where: River Oaks Country Club. The 411: The fundraiser, ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Jenna Bush Hager keeps a family tradition alive to the delight of Houston's lunching ladies

By Shelby Hodge

The Bush family legacy of philanthropic largesse continues through the generations as evidenced by Jenna Bush Hager, when she helped Small Steps Nurturing Center raise $180,000, as both guest speak ...


Shelby Hodge

This fine wine dinner for 450 meant one giant leap for Small Steps Nurturing Center

By Shelby Hodge

The coterie of Small Steps Nurturing Center supporters represents a bit of a different group from the usual suspects on the gala fundraising scene. Sure, there is some overlap but the majority of s ...


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Young nurses get a boost from a record-setting Pearl Ball: More than $4.8 million raised overall

By Shelby Hodge

Applause, applause for Vanessa and Eduardo Sanchez, who led Thursday night's Pearl Ball to record proceeds that pushed the total raised in a quarter century of elegant evenings beyond the ...


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Marilyn Monroe in that sexy dress & a toast of lovelies sizzle at River Oaks tennis tourney lunch

By Shelby Hodge

As soon as River Oaks tennis tournament luncheon chair Lilly Andress saw the film My Week With Marilyn, she knew exactly the theme she wanted for the two-day poolside event at River ...


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Gridiron legend Gale Sayers scores big at Salvation Army luncheon

By Shelby Hodge

If only the Salvation Army could sell the secret to its successful annual luncheon. Earlier this week, the ballroom of River Oaks Country Club was packed to the rafters, the popular fundraiser havi ...


Shelby's Social Dairy

An 11-year-old maestro at Houston Grand Opera, a hole-in-one makes history & brides take to the runway

By Shelby Hodge

Who was that 11-year-old conducting the Houston Grand Opera orchestra and receiving enthused applause on opening night? Each year, HGO launches its season with a performance of the "Star B ...


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