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Houston young professionals take over Tootsies for wowing summer soiree

Houston young professionals take over Tootsies for wowing soiree

Summer Soiree Dress for Success WOW Tootsies Amanda Boffone, Daniella Rodriguez, Hunter Bell, Julie Longoria Chen, Courtney Campo
Amanda Boffone, Daniella Rodriguez, Hunter Bell, Julie Longoria Chen, and Courtney Campo. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Summer Soiree Dress for Success WOW Tootsies Kara McCullers Daniella Rodriguez
Kara McCullers and Daniella Rodriguez.  Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Summer Soiree Dress for Success WOW Tootsies
The Women of Wardrobe Steering Committee.  Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Summer Soiree Dress for Success WOW Tootsies Allie Danziger, Karishma Asrani, Sarah Smith, Sukaina Rajani (owner Macaron by Patisse)
Allie Danziger, Karishma Asrani, Sarah Smith, and Sukaina Rajani, owner Macaron by Patisse, Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Summer Soiree Dress for Success WOW Tootsies Mia Gradney
Emcee and WOW co-founder Mia Gradney.  Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Summer Soiree Dress for Success WOW Tootsies Paulina Padilla, Meagan Thomason, Hannah Swiggard.jpg
Paulina Padilla, Meagan Thomason, and Hannah Swiggard. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Summer Soiree Dress for Success WOW Tootsies Roseann Rogers Viscandra Jones
Roseann Rogers and Viscandra Jones.  Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Summer Soiree Dress for Success WOW Tootsies Donna Lewis, Norman Lewis, Lauren Levicki Courville, Nancy Levicki
Donna Lewis, Norman Lewis, Lauren Levicki Courville, and Nancy Levicki. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Summer Soiree Dress for Success WOW Tootsies Aubrey Leatherman Natalie King
Aubrey Leatherman and Natalie King. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Summer Soiree Dress for Success WOW Tootsies Paulina Padilla, Meagan Thomason, Hannah Swiggard
Paulina Padilla, Meagan Thomason, and Hannah Swiggard. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Summer Soiree Dress for Success WOW Tootsies Chelsea Wade, Angelica Bondoc, Steffany Velasquez, Jenniece Wotton
Chelsea Wade, Angelica Bondoc, Steffany Velasquez, and Jenniece Wotton. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Summer Soiree Dress for Success WOW Tootsies Dianna McMinn, Stefanie Cox, Tiffany Hawthorne
Dianna McMinn, Stefanie Cox, and Tiffany Hawthorne. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Summer Soiree Dress for Success WOW Tootsies Jeannette Gonzalez (EggHaus Gourmet owner), Maddison Smith
Jeannette Gonzalez (EggHaus Gourmet owner) and Maddison Smith. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Summer Soiree Dress for Success WOW Tootsies Julia Russell, Dalia Steichen, Jessie Mehlhoff, Julia Valencia
Julia Russell, Dalia Steichen, Jessie Mehlhoff, and Julia Valencia. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Summer Soiree Dress for Success WOW Tootsies Alyssa Case, owner of Graze
Alyssa Case, owner of Graze.  Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Summer Soiree Dress for Success WOW Tootsies Amanda Boffone, Daniella Rodriguez, Hunter Bell, Julie Longoria Chen, Courtney Campo
Summer Soiree Dress for Success WOW Tootsies Kara McCullers Daniella Rodriguez
Summer Soiree Dress for Success WOW Tootsies
Summer Soiree Dress for Success WOW Tootsies Allie Danziger, Karishma Asrani, Sarah Smith, Sukaina Rajani (owner Macaron by Patisse)
Summer Soiree Dress for Success WOW Tootsies Mia Gradney
Summer Soiree Dress for Success WOW Tootsies Paulina Padilla, Meagan Thomason, Hannah Swiggard.jpg
Summer Soiree Dress for Success WOW Tootsies Roseann Rogers Viscandra Jones
Summer Soiree Dress for Success WOW Tootsies Donna Lewis, Norman Lewis, Lauren Levicki Courville, Nancy Levicki
Summer Soiree Dress for Success WOW Tootsies Aubrey Leatherman Natalie King
Summer Soiree Dress for Success WOW Tootsies Paulina Padilla, Meagan Thomason, Hannah Swiggard
Summer Soiree Dress for Success WOW Tootsies Chelsea Wade, Angelica Bondoc, Steffany Velasquez, Jenniece Wotton
Summer Soiree Dress for Success WOW Tootsies Dianna McMinn, Stefanie Cox, Tiffany Hawthorne
Summer Soiree Dress for Success WOW Tootsies Jeannette Gonzalez (EggHaus Gourmet owner), Maddison Smith
Summer Soiree Dress for Success WOW Tootsies Julia Russell, Dalia Steichen, Jessie Mehlhoff, Julia Valencia
Summer Soiree Dress for Success WOW Tootsies Alyssa Case, owner of Graze

What: The Summer Soiree

Where: Tootsies

The scoop: More than 300 fab, fashionable, and philanthropic Houston ladies packed storied style house Tootsies for the 16th annual Summer Soiree. The chic event, put on by Dress for Success Houston (DFSH) and Women of Wardrobe (WOW), raised $22,000 for DFSH, which helps more than 43,000 local women thrive in work and life.

The WOW Summer Soiree has become the unofficial kickoff to Houston’s party season, and it showed, with guests dressing for the occasion in Hunter Bell’s fall line, CQY Denim, and Mignonne Gavigan. To spice up the party, each guest received a $25 Tootsies gift card for an inspired shopping experience. Tootsies, in turn, donated 10 percent of the evening’s sales back to DFSH.

Local do-gooders Amanda Boffone, Courtney Campo, Julie Longoria Chen, and Daniella Rodriguez served as stylish event chairs, while Mia Gradney, KHOU evening anchor and WOW co-founder, served as the energetic emcee. Partiers snapped selfies and mingled with VIP guests like Hunter Bell and Kara McCullers. Tootsies store director Shelley Taylor Ludwick, along with store owners Donna and Norman Lewis, welcomed the throng.

Guests shopped, noshed, and sipped from vendors including Armandos, Black Eyed Distilling Co., Citadel Catering, EggHaus Gourmet, Equinox, Graze, Green Fork, International Smoke, Macaron by Patisse, Modern Acupuncture, MyEventIsTheBomb, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Paloma Nails, RYDE, Shake Shack, SusieCakes, Tootsies, and Treaty Oak Distilling.

“It’s incredible to see how WOW has grown since we started it 16 years ago,” says Lauren Levicki Courville, Dress for Success Houston president. "‘Wow’ is exactly what people say when they learn about Dress for Success Houston’s mission and our growth of more than 20 programs ‘beyond the suit.’”

WOW assists Dress for Success Houston through fundraising and volunteerism. Currently, it is Houston’s largest all-female young professionals group with more than 200 ladies.

Who: The fab crown included Sukaina Rajani, Roseann Rogers, Karishma Asrani, Karina Barbieri, Katie Bode, Lexie Boudreaux, Rebecca Gentry, Tiffany LaRose, Susan Oehl, Lori Raijman, Julia Russell, Lexi Sakowitz, and a host of Houston fashionistas.