The pink carpet rolled out for some local VIPs as The Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation kicked off their fab 11th annual Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby event. Some 300 people found their way to The Kensington River Oaks, a recent townhome development by Carnegie Homes. Entry was a $25 offering or a bottle for the “Satisfy your Spirit” wine spin and liquor toss games at the Kentucky Derby party at The Palm Restaurant, which is off and running on May 5.
Guests were greeted by a live DJ and a very appetizing full dinner spread and two fully stocked bars. One bar was set up on the second floor and the other was set up on the fourth floor of beautiful, fully appointed four-story townhome. (Thankfully, for those of us who live in high-heels, there was an elevator.) It was a fashionable feast; it was for the Derby after all.
Event planner to the elite, Lily Paxson-Salinas, worked closely with Priscilla Anderson to pull-off the seamless event hosting some of Houston’s most well-known: Erica Rose Sanders and husband Charles Sanders; Ben Rose; Lissa Goldsmith; Therese Landa; Beth Casisdy; Bryan Cotton; Lina Matar; Arpan Gupta and wife Sapna Patel; Gregg Harrison; Angelica Jimenez-Champan; and Michael Pearson, to name just a few.
This year’s event honoree will be the HRFF Executive Director herself, Paxson-Salinas. “We are fortunate to have Lily, as she believes in our mission, and for her to experience the rapid loss of her husband to cancer just this last year, as well as his mother’s slow loss and immense suffering with cancer,” says HRFF co-founder Cindi Harwood Rose.“She is a perfect honoree at our upcoming event.”
Created in 2005 by Houston Plastic Surgeon Dr. Franklin Rose and his wife Cindi Harwood Rose, the Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation provides free reconstructive surgery to post-cancer patients who are not able to afford health insurance. The charity’s namesake, Cindi’s sister Holly Harwood Skolkin, passed from breast cancer in 2012 after a long courageous battle. After learning of their sister’s illness and that more than 45 million such Americans are without health insurance, Dr. Franklin and Cindi Rose made it their mission to help those in need. The Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) organization and underwrites reconstructive surgery for dozens of these patients each year.
To help the lives and self-esteem of cancer survivors, you can look glam for a good cause the 11th annual Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby event at The Palm Restaurant.