Holiday Schmooze Event Benefits Legacy Health Centner
By Jennifer Roosth Photography by Daniel Ortiz
THE SETTING: Over 250 revelers arrived at Holiday Schmooze at The Corinthian, benefiting The Jackson Hicks Endowed Fund for the Awareness, Prevention, and Treatment of HIV/AIDS established at Legacy Community Health, to celebrate the amazing life of the famed caterer and philanthropist, Jackson Hicks. The all-star crowd was treated to the most spectacular winter wonderland ever with flocked Christmas trees and stunning floral arrangements by Richard Flowers, The Events Company, Rebekah Johnson, and Bergner & Johnson Design. The Open Door Mission Ensemble choir greeted guests upon arrival with favorite holiday classics.
THE STYLE: It truly was the brightest night of the holiday season, with pandemic protocol in place. The evening’s concert was precisely what Hicks would have wanted, produced by one of his closest friends, Artistic Director for the Houston Grand Opera, Patrick Summers. Guests were treated to a wonderful musical concert and tribute to Hicks, including video testimonials from many of Hicks’ friends. In addition, the party planner extraordinaire was praised for his attention to detail and ability to know exactly what each client expected.
THE PURPOSE: This year’s event raised over $300,000. Leading the helm of the sold-out soirée were Co-chairs Bill Caudell and Randy Powers, Sara Dodd and Will Denton, Melanie Gray and Mark Wawro, Nancy McGregor and Neal Manne, Becca Cason Thrash and John Thrash, Milton Townsend, and Phoebe and Bobby Tudor. The new CEO of Legacy Community Health, Dr. Bobby Hilliard, greeted the crowd and spoke of Hicks’ genuine passion for supporting nonprofit organizations such as The Center for AIDS, where he initially created Holiday Schmooze.