Hats, Heart and Horseshoes Derby Party For Bo’s Place

By Jennifer Roosth             Photography by Daniel Ortiz and Jacob Power

Christie Sullivan, Millette Sherman and Alissa Maples

THE SETTING: The Houston Polo Club was the perfect setting recently for the fifth annual Hats, Hearts & Horseshoes event benefiting Bo’s Place. The green fields and the polo horses watching from their stalls made this year’s event extra special after last year’s event was cancelled due to the pandemic. With social distancing protocol in place, over 250 supporters were excited to be dressed in their finest attire to watch and celebrate the running of the Kentucky Derby. 

Deanna Barton, Paige Fertitta and Karen Thompson
Neil and Maria Bush

THE STYLE: The fabulous hats and beautiful dresses, made for perfect people watching as tables were scattered under many tents. Guests socialized throughout the grounds, sipping traditional mint juleps and nibling on lite bites. Puppy Pals, a racing wall raffle, and purchasing a rose for a friend kept the crowd busy until post time. Multiple large screens gave all the guests a perfect view to watch the race. As the race got close to the finish line, many people started standing and cheering at their tables to see Medina Spirit win the race.

Bill Baldwin, Hallie Vanderhider and Fady Armanious

THE PURPOSE: Mary Beth Staine, the executive director of Bo’s Place, said, “Bo’s Place helps families who are grieving in their journey to find a renewed hope for the future.” Chairs Alissa and Kevin Maples, Millette and Haag Sherman, and Christie and Mark Sullivan, along with Honorary Chairs, Paige Fertitta, Megan and Luke Hotze, Hannah and Cal McNair, Hallie Vanderhider, and Kelli and John Weinzierl were thrilled to raise over $280,000 for grief programs at Bo’s Place. 

Aaron and DeeDee Howes
BoHats, Hearts & Horseshoes Event Benefiting Bo’s Place


Hats, Hearts & Horseshoes Event Benefits Bo’s Place

By Jennifer Roosth           Photography by Daniel Ortiz and Dave Rossm

THE SETTING: This third annual event for the running of the Kentucky Derby was once again sold out, with over 400 guests at the sumptuous home of Paige and Tilman Fertitta. It’s always a must-attend poolside event that Houstonians look forward to while supporting a much-beloved cause.

THE STYLE: The fabulous hats made for perfect people watching and guests socialized throughout the grounds of the home, sipping traditional mint juleps. Tables covered with a variety of tasty food selections enticed the party goers. Everyone crowded around the large screens to watch the race since a historical stunner led to a wait for the results. Guests continued to visit until the 65-1 winner, Country House was announced.  

THE PURPOSE: Hallie Vanderhider was chair for the event while Hannah and Cal McNair served as honorary chairs. Along with them, Bo’s Place President of the Board, Meredith Chastang were all thrilled to raise over $350,000. Bo’s Place is a non-profit, free-of-charge bereavement center that exists to provide support and community to those who have experienced the death of a loved one.

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