Shelby About Town
A birthday bash, a Foley's reunion & a luxury train trip to the Kentucky Derbydraw Houston buzz
As we all know, you can never have too many birthday celebrations and there are those who extend the Libra, Leo and Scorpio partying for at least a week or even a month. So it's no surprise that gregarious Bellaire City Councilman Corbett Parker enjoyed an early start on the cake and candles thing over the weekend, thanks to publicist pal Kim Padgett.
Kim is jetting off to China on Wednesday with Ch. 13 news reporter Miya Shay and won't be around to attend the big Three-A-C-igos party in early May. That would be the official bash for Corbett, Pink Door founder Cortney Cole and Carrie Clark. So she took over part of the Ringside Bar at Sullivan's Steakhouse on Friday night with the help of general manager Zaidi Syed to entertain a host of Corbett's friends. After all, this is his 30th and that, as we also know, is a really big deal.
Delivering their best wishes on this night were artist Marcus Mann, Sarah and David Eagleman, Nic Phillips, Ashlee and Dr. Travis Lee, Meredith and Marshall Iler, Courtney Zubowski, Chip Hight and Miriam Habib.
In 2006, Foley's department store, which trained so many up-and-coming Houston professionals, morphed into Macy's and many of the long-time employees scattered to the winds. But the friendships remained and Jeannette Spivey, who has kept tabs on 900 Foley's veterans, is spearheading a reunion on May 19.
The round-up runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the University of Houston's M.D. Anderson Library and special guest will be Lasker Meyer, who headed Foley's as chairman and CEO from 1982 to '87. He's written a book about Foley's and will be selling the tome at the reunion.
The planning committee is comprised of three familiar faces — Linda Kuykendall, Ed Smith and Lisa Benitez, all from Foley's special events department. Among those onboard for the fun are Janet Gurwitch and Roz Pactor.
Details are available from Jeannette at email@example.com.
Kentucky Derby bound
Patrick Henry, train enthusiast and owner of Patrick Henry Creative Promotions, is organizing a fleet of six luxury train cars that will travel from Chicago to Louisville in honor of the Kentucky Derby, a nifty means of entertaining clients and friends in the hospitality industry. Two of those cars are his — the Warren R. Henry dome lounge car and the Evelyn Henry passenger sleeper car.
Add the Northern Sky, the Northern Dreams, the Georgia 300 (the official Presidential inauguration car for President Barack Obama) and the Patron Tequila Express, owned by John Paul DeJoria of Paul Mitchell hair care fame, to the snazzy caravan. The cars will arrive in Louisville on May 4 and depart after the race on May 7 — and after loads of parties.
Patrick is partnering with American Beverage Marketers out of Albany, Ind., for the rail adventure.