Shelby about town

Lester Smith bonds with Kim Kardashian on his big night, Heart Ball brings millions in jewels & Tony's does Halloween

Lester Smith bonds with Kim Kardashian on his big night, Heart Ball brings millions in jewels & Tony's does Halloween

News_Shelby_Sue Smith_Lester Smith_Kim Kardashian_October 2011
Sue Smith, Lester Smith and Kim Kardashian at the Angel Ball in New York City where the Smiths were honored. Photo by Mike Person
2013 Heart Ball Kickoff, Lavonne Cox, Denis DeBakey, October 2012
Lavonne Cox and Denis DeBakey at the Heart Ball kick-off at Zadok. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
News_Shelby_Tony's Halloween lunch_Carol Linn_Donna Vallone_Sandy Barrett_October 2012
Carol Linn, from left, Donna Vallone and Sandy Barrett all smiles before sitting down to the Halloween lunch at Tony's. Carol Linn , Donna Vallone , Sandy Barrett Photo by Shelby Hodge
News_Shelby_Tony's Halloween lunch_October 2012
Pecan balls covered in orange whipped cream were the hit of the entire restaurant. Photo by Shelby Hodge
2013 Heart Ball Kickoff, Keith Calcoate, Jyl Calcoate, October 2012
Honorees Keith and Jyl Calcoat at the Heart Ball kick-off. Photo courtesy of © Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
News_Sheby_Lester Smith_Nile Rogers_October 2012
Lester Smith, left, and Nile Rogers at the Angel Ball at the Cipriani in Manhattan. Photo by Mike Person
News_Shelby_Sue Smith_Lester Smith_Kim Kardashian_October 2011
2013 Heart Ball Kickoff, Lavonne Cox, Denis DeBakey, October 2012
News_Shelby_Tony's Halloween lunch_Carol Linn_Donna Vallone_Sandy Barrett_October 2012
News_Shelby_Tony's Halloween lunch_October 2012
2013 Heart Ball Kickoff, Keith Calcoate, Jyl Calcoate, October 2012
News_Sheby_Lester Smith_Nile Rogers_October 2012

Sue and Lester Smith are still glowing following the Angel Ball in New York City (held before Superstorm Sandy) where they were honored for their generous philanthropic contributions to cancer research. They were joined in the national spotlight on the star-studded evening by the third honoree Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, trustee of the Charles Evans Foundation.

Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research founder Denise Rich hosted the evening. Entertainment Tonight correspondent Christina McLarty served as emcee and entertainment was provided by Smokey Robinson, Natalie Cole and Nelly.

The Smiths happily found themselves in the ballroom of Cipriani Wall Street rubbing elbows with the likes of Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Gerard Butler, David Arquette, Solange Knowles, Tiki Barber, Jane Seymour, Stephen Baldwin and on and on. The evening raised $3.7 million for the foundation's cancer research programs.

Heart Ball honorees named

Surrounded by millions in diamonds, emeralds and rubies, Heart Ball supporters rallied in the hallowed environs of Zadok Jewelers to announce the 2013 Heart Ball honorees. 

Stepping out as medical honoree was Dr. Miguel Quinones, cardiology chair at Methodist Hospital; community honorees Jyl and Keith Calcote and corporate honoree Cameron, which was represented by Adam Nightingale and Grace Holmes.

Welcoming guests were Heart Ball chairs Lavonne Cox and Denis DeBakey and the entire Zadok family. Good news for the ball chairs, proceeds have already reached 1/3 of the $1.5 million goal set by the American Heart Association.

Feasting Halloween style

Donna Vallone says that Halloween and Thanksgiving are her favorite holidays. So in anticipation of the former, she threw a midday lunch recently for a handful of ladies that shows just how deliciously creative she, and Tony's chef Grant Gordon, can be.

At a table in the center of Tony's dining room, Donna decorated and decorated and decorated, all to hubby Tony Vallone's approval.

The ladies dined divinely on "Monster Mash Burrata," "Wicked Baked Salmon" or "Vampire Veal Piccata" served with "Pumpkin Potion Rissoto" and finished the meal off with "Shivering Sweet Smoking Treat," actually pecan balls wrapped in orange whipped cream with jack-o-lantern faces.

Applauding the menu and the hostess were Carol Linn, Dancie Perugini Ware, Astrid Van Dyke, Sharon Adams, Susan Krohn, Jo Lynn Falgout, Soraya McClelland and Sandy Barrett. None of these ladies could resist the pecan balls.

Sight 'ems

A heavy-duty gathering of politicos at the Four Seasons Hotel for the annual pre-election analysis luncheon hosted by Klotz Associates and Fulbright & Jaworski. Lending their expertise were Bob Stein, Mustafa Tameez, Sonny Messiah Jiles and moderator Miya Shay.

The top-drawer political crowd lending an ear included Klotz Associates' Wayne Klotz, Fulbright senior partner Neil Thomas, Harris County Commissioner Jack Cagle, Texas Highway Commissioner Jeff Moseley, State. Senators Rodney Ellis and Carol Alvarado, U.S. Rep Gene Green, Arthur Schechter, Jason Fuller and Cindy Clifford.