Food, fashion and frolic — that would be the mantra for Recipe for Success' annual Fashion Gene Awards evening. It was all about all three during the fundraiser held at Tootsies.
As Recipe for Success founder Gracie Cavnar explains the connection, "Everyone dresses for dinner, right?"
The runway fashion presentation featuring mother/daughter/daughter-in-law duos, trios and even one quintet captivated the audience of several hundred fashionistas as the honorees, dressed in Tootsies finest, received rounds of applause and cheers.
Tootsies' Fady Armanious and Carrie Colbert, chair of Recipe for Success' Dress for Dinner series, welcomed guests to this the final in the series of tasty fundraisers for the program that fights childhood obesity through innovative public school programs.The big ticket holders remained for a seated dinner featuring the remarkable cuisine of Culinaire Inspired Cuisine and Events chef Barbara McKnight, one of Recipe for Success' volunteer chefs.
The 2016 honorees were Jacqueline Fair and daughter Jillian Bass; Jo Lynn and daughter Christine Falgout (daughter Kimberly unable to attend); Tammie Johnson and daughter Brittney Leigh Randolph; Vanessa Sendukas and daughter Alexa; Jana Arnoldy and daughters-in-law Lindley Arnoldy and Lauren Barrett; and Duyen Nguyen and her daughters Misha, Lauren, Chloe and Anais.
Applauding the flock of fancies were Tootsies owner Mickey Rosmarin, Bob Cavnar, Alex and Astley Blair, Scotty Arnoldy, Max Barrett, Jason Arnoldy, Susan and Dick Hansen, Gregg Falgout, Lilly Andress, Valerie and Tracy Dieterich, and Tracy and Harry Faulkner.