Shelby's Social Diary
"Partying" in Aspen is serious business for M.D. Anderson
It is always a welcome invitation â€” the gracious directive from Barbara and Gerald Hines to join them in the river bank-gardens of their Aspen home for a lavish cocktail reception celebrating M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Each summer, a host of vacationing Houstonians, and friends of M.D. Anderson from points beyond, gather at the Hineses summer home for a bit of schmoozing and tantalizing info from Anderson president Dr. John Mendelsohn on the advancements in cancer research and patient care.
Sunday was no exception when more than 250 notable guests arrived for the Japanese-themed fete, based on one of Barbara's paintings. (She is an accomplished artist, who last winter had a highly-successful show at Meredith Long & Co. with proceeds going in part to M.D. Anderson.)
Guests were welcomed by "Geishas" serving sake sangria (a new one on us) while Japanese folk musicians performed on koto stringed instruments, taiko drums and bamboo flutes. The expansive lawn that leads down to the banks of the Roaring Fork River was dotted with party tents decorated in cherry blossoms and Asian lanterns, both suspended from the tent canopies. Continuing the theme, Aspen's popular Keniche served sushi and other Asian fare.
Addressing their guests, Gerald Hines spoke fondly of his friend, the late Ben Love, an ardent M.D. Anderson supporter, while Barbara praised Anne and John Mendelsohn for their friendship and work on behalf of the cancer center.
In the mix were Cornelia and Meredith Long, Estela and David Cockrell,Yvonne and Scott Ziegler, Diane Lokey Farb, Barbie Benton, Lorraine and Alex Dell, Suzie and Phil Conway, Judy Allen and Nanette and Jerry Finger.
The cocktail reception was prelude to the annual M.D. Anderson symposium on Making Cancer History.