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11 Houston power women go Old Hollywood glam for cherished children's cause

Houston power women go Old Hollywood glam for beloved children's cause

St. Jude Gold Soiree 2021 Tammie Johnson Leigh Smith Blaine Ochoa Heidi Rockecharlie
Tammie Johnson, Leigh Smith, Blaine Ochoa, and Heidi Rockecharlie. Photo courtesy of Tammie Ann Johnson
St. Jude Gold Soiree 2021 Tammie Johnson Cheryl Byington and Heidi Rockecharlie
Tammie Johnson Cheryl Byington, and Heidi Rockecharlie. Photo courtesy of Tammie Ann Johnson
Mary Ann Smith McKeithan David
Mary Ann Smith McKeithan pictured with husband, David McKeithan. Photo courtesy of Mary Ann Smith McKeithan
St. Jude Gold Soiree 2021 Joanne King Herring Vicki Hollub
Joanne King Herring and Vicki Hollub. Photo by Tammie Ann Johnson
St. Jude Gold Soiree 2021 Zane Carruth
Zane Carruth. Photo by Tammie Ann Johnson
St. Jude Gold Soiree 2021 Aisha Jokhio and Alice Mao Brams
Aisha Jokhio and Alice Mao Brams. Photo by Tammie Ann Johnson
St. Jude Gold Soiree 2021 Brittany Herbert Franklin
Brittany Herbert Franklin. Photo courtesy of Brittany Herbert Franklin
St. Jude Gold Soiree 2021 Chase Kasie Randolph
Chase and Kasie Randolph. Photo by Charlie Ewing
St. Jude Gold Soiree 2021 Cheryl Byington
Cheryl Byington. Photo courtesy of Cheryl Byington
St. Jude Gold Soiree 2021 Dr Susan Osterberg
 Dr. Susan Osterberg. Photo courtesy of Dr. Susan Osterberg
St. Jude Gold Soiree 2021 Heidi Rockecharlie and Tammie Johnson
Heidi Rockecharlie and Tammie Johnson. Photo by Charlie Ewing
St. Jude Gold Soiree 2021 Sandra Cooper Matthew Cooper
Sandra Cooper and Matthew Cooper.  Photo by Charlie Ewing
St. Jude Gold Soiree 2021 Heidi Rockecharlie Theresa Chang
Heidi Rockecharlie and Theresa Chang. Photo by Tammie Ann Johnson
St. Jude Gold Soiree 2021 Rania Mankarious
Rania Mankarious. Photo courtesy of Rania Mankarious
St. Jude Gold Soiree 2021 Kenny Pittman Brittney Randolph
Kenny Pittman and Brittney Randolph. Photo by Charlie Ewing
St. Jude Gold Soiree Theresa Chang
Theresa Chang. Photo courtesy of Theresa Chang
St. Jude Gold Soiree 2021 Leigh Smith
Leigh Smith. Photo courtesy of Leigh Smith
Lilac Guzman
Lilac Guzman. Photo by Charlie Ewing
St. Jude Gold Soiree 2021 Tammie Johnson Leigh Smith Blaine Ochoa Heidi Rockecharlie
St. Jude Gold Soiree 2021 Tammie Johnson Cheryl Byington and Heidi Rockecharlie
Mary Ann Smith McKeithan David
St. Jude Gold Soiree 2021 Joanne King Herring Vicki Hollub
St. Jude Gold Soiree 2021 Zane Carruth
St. Jude Gold Soiree 2021 Aisha Jokhio and Alice Mao Brams
St. Jude Gold Soiree 2021 Brittany Herbert Franklin
St. Jude Gold Soiree 2021 Chase Kasie Randolph
St. Jude Gold Soiree 2021 Cheryl Byington
St. Jude Gold Soiree 2021 Dr Susan Osterberg
St. Jude Gold Soiree 2021 Heidi Rockecharlie and Tammie Johnson
St. Jude Gold Soiree 2021 Sandra Cooper Matthew Cooper
St. Jude Gold Soiree 2021 Heidi Rockecharlie Theresa Chang
St. Jude Gold Soiree 2021 Rania Mankarious
St. Jude Gold Soiree 2021 Kenny Pittman Brittney Randolph
St. Jude Gold Soiree Theresa Chang
St. Jude Gold Soiree 2021 Leigh Smith
Lilac Guzman

Some of Houston’s most dynamic leading ladies recently walked the runway for one of America’s most beloved institutions. Eleven local women dazzled a virtual crowd for a streaming version of this year’s St. Jude Gold Soiree, benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

This year’s swanky soiree raised some $153,000 for the acclaimed and cherished hospital, which provides free cancer care for all children. Stylishly strutting the runway in an Old Hollywood-styled fashion show were the 2021 honorees: Cheryl Byington, Zane Carruth, Theresa Chang, Rania Mankarious, Dr. Susan Osterberg, and Leigh Smith.

These ladies were joined by special honoree recipients Joanne King Herring, St. Jude Gold Legend; Brittany Hebert Franklin, St. Jude Gold Platinum Heart; Mary Ann Smith-McKeithan, St. Jude Gold Icon; Lilac Guzman, St. Jude Gold Heart; and Vicki Hollub, St. Jude Gold Heart.

Leticia Frye, affectionately known as “The Auctiontainer,” served as the emcee and, naturally, auctioneer. Lucky VIP guests noshed on dinner provided by popular restaurateur Ben Berg, who ensured that food was delivered to homes for personal watch parties.

Meanwhile, a soiree watch party was held at Dr. Charles Johnson and Tammie Johnson’s River Oaks home with a “Sushi and Sake” theme. Guests enjoyed a live sushi preparation by Chef Jeff. Attendees included Dr. Matt Brams and Dr. Alice Brams, Dr. Aisha Jokhio, Sandra Smith-Cooper, and Lilac Guzman.    

As many are aware, the St. Jude Gold Luncheon has been honoring Houston’s most philanthropic citizens for the past four years. The event launched in 2017, honoring Houston’s most philanthropic families, and later evolved to toast Houston’s Woman of Philanthropy. 

In 2019, the Woman of Philanthropy honorees walked the runway in glam looks styled by Fady Armanious, Tootsies creative director. 

Not surprisingly, event chairs Tammie Johnson and Heidi Rockecharlie were forced to quickly pivot from a lavish, in-person affair to a virtual event.

“In challenging times, it is important to pause and give thanks for the people in our lives who mean so much to us,” Johnson tells CultureMap. “I want to give thanks to our honorees, sponsors, donors, and supporters. Thanks to you, even in challenging times, we are able to support children and families fighting cancer at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.”

Who: Dr. Matt and Alice Mao, Lilac Guzman, Brittany Franklin, Don and Mary DeSimone, Steve and Elizabeth Bruman, Mandy Kao, Jill Thompson, Dena Winkler, Aisha Jokhio, and Alicia Smith.