Houston Symphony parades its youngest patrons in designer threads at fashionable fundraiser
Some played it coy, some played it cool and some unabashedly strutted their stuff when the Houston Symphony invited its youngest supporters to walk the runway in a youthful fashion show fundraiser at River Oaks Country Club.
More than 250 filled the ballroom to applaud the little ladies and gents who modeled Burberry, Ralph Lauren and other top designers from Neiman Marcus' trove of fashions for youngsters.
"Bows and Bow Ties" was the theme of the luncheon that was chaired by Catherine Baen Hennessy, Peggy Hennessy and Megan Hennessy Parker. The fashion side of things was organized by Neiman's Stacey Swift.
In addition to the fashion parade of tykes and pre-teens, the fun, overseen by Houston Symphony League members, included face-painting, balloon art, tambourine-making, an instrument petting zoo and a pianist at the ready to play any young composer's work. Luxury accessories designer Elaine Turner was guest speaker, focusing her remarks on the importance of integrating arts into education.
Lapping up the midday fun were Elizabeth and Zack Fertitta, April Lykos and daughter Helen, Barbara McKnight and daughter Kendall, Rosemarie and Matt Johnson, Jennifer Fuentes, Donna Josey Chapman, Zeina Fares, Katherine and Bill Phelps and Judy and David Beck. Houston Symphony CEO Mark Hanson brought his entire family — wife Christina and their three sons.