A treasure trove
The influential dozen: Houston's social difference makers pick up sparkly honors
H-Town stars — recipients of the Social Book's Treasure Award — sparkled across a "Rhapsody in Royal Blue" tableau Sunday night that transformed the ballroom of the Royal Sonesta Hotel into a dazzling setting for dinner recognition of some of the city's brightest lights.
The annual evening pays tribute to 12 individuals and couples, their photos and bios featured in the Social Book calendar. As Treasures founder Warner Roberts noted, "The Social Book's Houston Treasure Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated an exemplary, life-long dedication and commitment to serving the community with unprecedented generosity of spirit, energy, resources, creativity and most importantly — with love. "
You could not get much better than renowned cardiologist Dr. O.H. "Bud" Frazier or more influential than Ed Wulfe or more community-minded than Merele Yarborough. The good works of Kristi and John Schiller, Helen Shaffer, Franelle Rogers and Rudy Avelar earned them Treasures status as well. The philanthropy and leadership of Cathy and Giorgio Borlenghi, Greggory and Pat Burk, Julia Anderson Frankel, Paul-David Van Atta and Sue Trammell Whitfield were also rewarded with Treasures recognition.
Wine aficionado, advisor and authorDenman Moody was surprised with recognition as a special honoree.
The Houston Social Book team — Scott Evans, Jeff Henry and Sami Shbeeb — welcomed the well-heeled throng of close to 300, the guests applauding the ballroom transformation by event designer Vik Chadha and floral designer Nino Shbeeb, who worked his magic with cascades of white flowers. The gents were joined in hosting the event by Royal Sonesta GM Jeff Fuller, who took the opportunity to tout the hotel's recent multi-million dollar renovation.
Applauding the evening and honorees were guests including Bill King and Neda Ladjevardian, Mickey Rosmarin, John and Becca Cason Thrash, Betty and Jess Tutor, Barbara and Don Jordan, Dr. Jim Willerson, Molly and Jim Crownover, Kay and Fred Zeidman, Joann and Bill Crassas, Kristina and Paul Somerville, Phyllis Williams and Annette and George Strake.