Houston Texans Owen Daniels stepped out of uniform Monday night and into dress shirt and slacks at Morton's The Steakhouse to host his second annual Celebrity Server Dinner benefiting the Owen Daniels Catch a Dream Foundation. A serious handful of Texans joined him in the fundraising effort.
Among those donning aprons and serving the sellout crowd of 185 at Morton's near the Galleria were DeMeco Ryans, Andre Johnson, Arian Foster, Dominique Barber, James Casey, Steve Slaton (who was cut by the team a day later) and David Anderson. Helping Daniels raise $150,000 Monday night were additional team members Shaun Cody, J.J. Watt, Chris Meyer, Brian Cushing and Garrett Graham.
This opportunity to rub elbows with and be served by the Houston Texans is fast becoming a hotter ticket than a 50-yard-line seat at Reliant Stadium. The event sold out 10 days before doors opened.
The Celebrity Servers at Morton's benefit evenings are in their ninth year nationwide with more than $2 million raised for various charities since inception.
The Twombly Gallery by candlelight
Following last week's memorial service for artist Cy Twombly at The Menil Collection, Menil director Josef Helfenstein hosted a stunning dinner for the coterie of national art world power players and bold-faced types in the Twombly Gallery. The heavyweights sat down to dinner by Jackson & Co. at two long tables set parallel to the epic movie screen-size painting Say Goodbye, Catullus to the Shores of Asia Minor.
The heady guest list included famed New York art dealer Larry Gagosian, art historian and independent curator Julie Sylvester of Bermuda, Houstonian Fred Torres in from New York where he directs his Fred Torres Collaboration which represents Alessandro Twombly, Slavka Glaser of Houston and New York, Menil board president Harry Pinson and wife Karen, art collector Udo Brandhorst of Munich and Twombly's long-time partner Nicola Del Roscio of Rome.
A surprise birthday tribute
Scotty Arnoldy says it was one of the best surprises he has had in years — when a visit to the Trotter Family YMCA turned into a birthday salute. Scotty is an honorary co-chair of the $22 million capital campaign to build back the YMCA Camp Cullen after a fire destroyed it last year. The pretext of an "official photo" was the lure to the active businessman to the Trotter Y.
Children attending the Y's day school, many on scholarships from donors, presented Scotty an over-sized birthday card and then serenaded him with "Happy Birthday." In on the surprise were John Duncan, Camp Cullen campaign honorary co-chair; Howard Tellepsen, Camp Cullen capital chair; Rick Schissler, YMCA board chair; and Mark Leonard, Camping Services Board chair and a Camp Cullen capital campaign co-chair.
Saint Genevieve rocks
Lucky Beth Bryant — her girlfriends orchestrated a 28th birthday party for the bouncy blond at the new posh nightspot Saint Genevieve in West Ave. Beth's gal pals and their guys celebrated with specialty bites and cocktails from the sophisticated watering hole's happy hour menu, including the drink of the hour created in honor of the birthday girl — The Beth, a potent combo of Tito's vodka, peach schnapps and orange juice with a mint leaf.
Beth's girlfriends Maidie Ryan, Abby Lestin and Lisa Gochman organized the bash along with Saint Genevieve owner Darren Van Delden, who made sure that the partygoers got a chance to sample old-fashioned s'mores before leaving.
Helping blow out the candles were Beth's beau James Jones, Caroline Kenney, Carrie Carson, Cortney Cole and Barrett Hall, Cara Morales and Jared Lang, Rachel Walton, Jarrod Klawinsky, Naji Ghorayeb and Leslie Sharp.
Saint Genevieve was particularly lovely on this night thanks to the floral centerpieces sent over by Beth's friend Miriam Habib of Lexis Florist.
La Wyatt in Bazaar
For those of you who just can't get enough of H-Town's most fashionable grande dame, the October issue of Harper's Bazaar singles out Lynn Wyatt in its "Fabulous & Very Classy at Every Age" feature. In the company of supermodel Claudia Schiffer and writer/editor/photographer Lisa Eisner and a few others, Lynn represents women 60 and over.
She tells the magazine that the hallmark of modern elegance is "Actually living a life that can adapt to any situation with style, poise and grace."
Real estate whiz Martha Turner and Glenn Bauguss dining at Tony's with Martha Turner Properties partner Tom Anderson and director of relocation Ann Incorvia, entertaining their Chicago guests Pam O'Connor, president of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, and Paul Boomsma, president of Luxury Portfolio. The two were in town to toast Martha Turner Properties' successes and speak with her 200-plus sales associates.