The Women’s Fund For Health Education And Resiliency In Houston Hosts Win Dinner

By Jennifer Roosth Photography by Michelle Watson

Brad and Joanna Marks & Hannah and Cal McNair
Gary Petersen and Laura Hatfield

THE SETTING: Over 130 supporters brought an appetite to experience an intimate in-person event with exceptional wine, culinary delights, and entertainment to benefit The Women’s Fund’s mission was at the 6th Annual Wine Dinner at Tony’s restaurant in Houston, with pandemic protocol in place. 

Regina Garcia, Trini Mendenhall and Philamena Baird
Elizabeth and Alan Stein

THE STYLE: Inside the venue, Houston restauranteur Donna Vallon guided guests through an exquisite four-course meal with wine pairings that included: Genovese salad paired with 2017 Hudson Ranch, Hudson Ranch Vineyards, Chardonnay; Tony’s infamous “flaming fish” salt crusted gulf red snapper paired with 2014 Domaine Anderson Estate, Pinot Noir; Prime truffled filet of beef paired with 2016 Carpe Diem, Cabernet Sauvignon…and Grand Marnier soufflé paired with Masottina Brut, Prosecco. It was a feast for all who attended. How could it not be?

Beth Wolff and Cynthia Wolff
Donna Vallone and Linda Rhodes

THE PURPOSE: The event’s chairs, Joanna and Brad Marks, the generous sponsors, and guests raised more than $135,000 to ensure Houston-area women and girls have free access to tools they need to be advocates for their health through classes, workshops, lectures, and publications focused on physical, mental, financial, emotional, health, and wellness. President of the Board of Trustees, Kathy Johnson, and the Marks highlighted The Women’s Fund’s accomplishments and continued commitment to providing free and virtual health services to Houston-area women during these unprecedented times. Additionally, they thanked Plains Capital for sponsoring the evenings entertainment, Vincent Powell and the Houston Ensemble Band.

Kim Padgett, Lara Bell and Jennifer Roosth
Kristina and Paul Somerville


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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