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Hat in the Ring

Young professional launches campaign for City Controller with rainbow coalition bash

By Shelby Hodge

Houston's rich diversity is seldom more apparent than it was in the La Griglia party room earlier this week when Chris Brown, chief deputy controller, officially launched his campaign ...


Stay in School

A-listers recognize success of Communities in Schools at gala dinner raising $600,000

By Shelby Hodge

Communities in Schools had no trouble selling the gathering of 300 at the annual "Stay in School" gala on the benefits of their programs that have a 99 percent success rate. In fact, by t ...


Party Watch

KIPP fundraiser rakes in $1.5 million and a shout out from the world's richest man

By Shelby Hodge

What: KIPP Houston Public Schools' 21st annual dinner, "To Infinity and Beyond." Where: Bayou City Event Center. The 411: With a performance by the KIPP Generations Collegiate ...


Pet Love

Animal lovers and their special pals raise a record $700,000 for SPCA at gala

By Shelby Hodge

What: Houston SPCA "Animals' Best Friend Gala." Where: The Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa. The 411: Zane and Brady Carruth chaired the event that raised a record of more than ...


Dancing With the Stars

World champion ballroom dancers floor dinner guests with hot moves at gala kickoff

By Shelby Hodge

For months, oilman Lester Smith had been promising a spectacular surprise for guests attending the Houston Symphony Ball underwriter dinner. He and his wife, Sue Smith, were hosting the gala e ...


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 ...


Best Ball Gowns Ever

Houston Grand Opera Ball brings out the best designer gowns on glamorous night: Here are our favorites

By Shelby Hodge

What better time to wear your most spectacular ball gown than the Houston Grand Opera white-tie-and-tails gala? Each year, the social swans dress to impress as at no other time. ...


Savvy Shopping

Designer clothes from most fashionable River Oaks closets rake in big bucks for Salvation Army

By Shelby Hodge

Thrift shoppers with a certain discretionary income and a load of good taste were in seventh heaven at the Salvation Army's "Reflections on Style" luncheon at River Oaks Country Club. ...


Dinner and Discourse

Power couple honored as Rice University's Baker Institute raises $740,000 for new center

By Shelby Hodge

Corporate, diplomatic and education leadership turned out in black-tie force for the Rice University Baker Institute for Public Policy gala that not only honored one of the city's leading coupl ...


Party Watch

Major gift is cause for big celebration at University of Houston School of Art fundraiser

By Shelby Hodge

What: University of Houston School of Art graduate scholarships fundraiser. Where: In the UH Louise J. Moran Fine Arts courtyard and the Blaffer Art Museum. The 411: While ticket ...


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