In the able hands of PR/marketing exec Kim Padgett and United Airlines managing director/managing counsel Jessica Rossman, the eighth annual Fleming's dinner benefiting the Holly Rose Ribbon Foundation was once again a smashing success with 100 guests contributing $100,000 to the cause.
Applause, applause for Sam Governale, operating partner of Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar — River Oaks, which once again hosted the five-course dinner evening that included cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, cigars (from Lucho, of course), entertainment by Kristine Mills and Phlash Phactory photo opps courtesy of attorney Gregg Harrison.
After socializing on the restaurant terrace, guests poured into the private dining room where Rose Ribbon founders Cindi and Dr. Franklin Rose thanked the merry throng that included Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia, John Evatz, Debbie and Rudy Festari and Dave Hilfman, United Airlines senior veep of sales, who flew in from Chicago to emcee the event.
Hilfman presented the Tracey Hilfman Award (named for his late wife who died of cancer) to Patricia Rauch, recognized for her courage and philanthropy. There to cheer her on were her husband, Mark Rauch; daughter, Danielle Rauch; and her mother-in-law Lila Rauch.
In the mix were Rona and Jerry Levit, Ben Harwood Rose, Amber Willis, Sherri Feldman, Diane and Michael Caplan, Dr. Jacob Varon, Dr. Ken Lee, Dr. Romy Mitchell and Tod Eason, Lori Freese, Dana Kervin, Shelby Kibodeaux, Bruce Padilla, Tina Pyne, Jessica and Lucho Rossman and Lily Paxson, newly-named executive director of the foundation.