Shelby's Social Diary
It was an impressive second time out for the Hope & Healing Center's annual Chrysalis Occasion Award luncheon with more than 350 notables, including Barbara Bush and Ginger and Jack Blanton, in attendance at St. Martin's Episcopal Church.
The wealth of tony community support comes as no surprise when one considers the trio of stellar femmes headlining the day — luncheon chair Peggy Barnett, honorary chair Susan Baker and honoree Sydney Faust. The chairs presented the Chrysalis Award to Faust not only for her day-to-day giving but also for the retreats that she and husband, Don Faust, host at their Squirrel Creek Ranch several times each year for Texas Children's Cancer Center patients.
The luncheon raised $150,000 for the relatively new center's programs of "building and restoring lives to wholeness."
As guest speaker, contemporary impressionist artist Jill Steenhuis shared her passion for art, nature and the spiritual aspects of life. The Atlanta native, who has lived in the French countryside for three decades, read selections from her recent book Art, Soul and Destiny – An Artist’s Journey from America to Provence to the gathering of 350 at St. Martin's Episcopal Church.
Applauding Steenhuis and Faust were guests including Cora Sue and Harry Mach, Mary and Tony Gracely, Bess and Rob Wilson, Patsy and Greg Fourticq, Tom Brown, Charlie Read, Jan Duncan, Ann and Karl Stern, Franelle Rogers, Liz Rotan, Dana Burke and Ellie Franciso.