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Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerces salutes 13 fabulous femmes at black-tie gala

Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerces salutes 13 fabulous femmes at black-tie gala

Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce Gala, December 2012, Ellie Francisco, Shara Fryer, Mary Spangler
Ellie Francisco , Shara Fryer , Mary Spangler Photo by Kim Coffman
Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce Gala, December 2012, Mary Ann Wilkins, Val Gibbs, Philamena Baird
Mary Ann Wilkins , Val Gibbs , Philamena Baird Photo by Kim Coffman
Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce Gala, December 2012, Sofia Adrogue, Melissa Mithoff, Diane Lokey Farb, Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein
Sofia Adrogue , Melissa Mithoff , Diane Lokey Farb , Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein Photo by Kim Coffman
Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce Gala, December 2012, Doug Herron, Winell Herron
Doug Herron , Winell Herron Photo by Kim Coffman
Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce Gala, December 2012, Janiece Longoria, Martin Fein, Franelle Rogers
Janiece Longoria , Martin Fein , Franelle Rogers Photo by Kim Coffman
Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce Gala, December 2012, Margaret Alkek Williams, Jim Daniel
Margaret Alkek Williams , Jim Daniel Photo by Kim Coffman
Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce Gala, December 2012, Lou Gregory, Linda Lorelle
Lou Gregory , Linda Lorelle Photo by Kim Coffman
Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce Gala, December 2012, Henry Hagendorf, Beth Young
Henry Hagendorf , Beth Young Photo by Kim Coffman
Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce Gala, December 2012, Gwen Emmett, Ed Emmett
Gwen Emmett , Ed Emmett Photo by Kim Coffman
Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce Gala, December 2012, blond on left, Suzan Deison, Cyndy Garza Roberts
Suzan Deison , Cyndy Garza Roberts Photo by Kim Coffman
Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce Gala, December 2012, Kathleen Murphy, Jim Murphy, Susan Kellner, Larry Kellner
Kathleen Murphy , Jim Murphy , Susan Kellner , Larry Kellner Photo by Kim Coffman
Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce Gala, December 2012, Ellie Francisco, Shara Fryer, Mary Spangler
Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce Gala, December 2012, Mary Ann Wilkins, Val Gibbs, Philamena Baird
Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce Gala, December 2012, Sofia Adrogue, Melissa Mithoff, Diane Lokey Farb, Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein
Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce Gala, December 2012, Doug Herron, Winell Herron
Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce Gala, December 2012, Janiece Longoria, Martin Fein, Franelle Rogers
Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce Gala, December 2012, Margaret Alkek Williams, Jim Daniel
Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce Gala, December 2012, Lou Gregory, Linda Lorelle
Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce Gala, December 2012, Henry Hagendorf, Beth Young
Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce Gala, December 2012, Gwen Emmett, Ed Emmett
Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce Gala, December 2012, blond on left, Suzan Deison, Cyndy Garza Roberts
Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce Gala, December 2012, Kathleen Murphy, Jim Murphy, Susan Kellner, Larry Kellner

With more reasons than one to celebrate, the Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce kicked up its heels in honor of 13 outstanding women at its annual black-tie Hall of Fame gala, held at the Royal Sonesta Hotel.

The big news of the night was that GHWCC is the fastest growing women's chamber in the country — reason enough for CEO Suzan Deison and board chair Leisa Holland-Nelson to receive a healthy round of applause from the gathering of more than 400.

Mary Ann Wilkins and Valerie Gibbs bowed in as gala chairs while Philamena Baird held the reins as honorary chair.

Introduced via video tribute then stepping into the spotlight were 2012 honorees Recipe for Success founder Gracie Cavnar, Jane Page Crump, Dr. Kelli Cohen Fein, Ellie Francisco, H-E-B's Winell Herron, Susan Kellner, Melissa Mithoff, Bracewell & Giuliani attorney Carrin Pattman, Sue Smith, Houston Community College president Mary Spangler, Karen T. Stall, M. D. Anderson's Dr. Elizabeth Travis and Beth Williams

Applauding their achievements were guests including Diane Lokey Farb, Susan Krohn, Lisa Shumate, Hallie Vanderhider, Nancy Levicki, Nancy Nunnery, Pat Young, Sofia Adroqué, Donna Bruni, Susan McEldoon and Cyndy Garza Roberts.